ERIC Number: EJ1110569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Developing Recreation, Leisure, and Sport Professional Competencies through Practitioner/Academic Service Engagement Partnerships
VanSickle, Jennifer; Schaumleffel, Nathan A.
Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, v31 n2 2016
The goal of many universities is to prepare students for professional careers, especially in the applied field of recreation, leisure, and sport (Smith, O'Dell, & Schaumleffel, 2002). While some universities continue to use traditional knowledge-transfer methods to accomplish this goal, others have developed service engagement projects that immerse students in hands-on learning experiences designed to develop the skills and competencies desired by employers (VanSickle & Schaumleffel, 2015). In partnership with community organizations, these projects not only cultivate students' professional skills and knowledge, but they also deliver a product that provides a valuable service to the organization and valuable professional development experiences for the faculty members (Schaumleffel, Kruger, & McElwain, 2014; Williams & Lankford, 1999). This paper describes two such projects.
Descriptors: Hospitality Occupations, Service Learning, Recreation, Leisure Education, Athletics, Universities, Transfer of Training, Competence, Partnerships in Education, Experiential Learning, Skill Development, Community Organizations, Faculty Development
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