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Leadership in Recreation, 4th ed.

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ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-57167-679-5

Author(s): Ruth V. Russell

Copyright year: 2012

Edition: 4th

Other Formats: eBook

pages: 298

Leadership in Recreation covers the concepts and skills required of leaders to conduct recreational activities and to supervise volunteer and paid staff who serve in recreation agencies and organizations. This book draws examples from outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation, sport and fitness, adventure settings, municipal services, and hospitality and tourism.

In addition to teaching at the higher education level, the author has served professional organizations such as the National Recreation and Park Association and the Society of Park and Recreation Educators. She also has professional experience with the San Diego Recreation and Parks Department, the San Diego–Imperial Counties Girl Scout Council, and the Chateau La Jolla Retirement Center.

The book is primarily for undergraduate students preparing for careers in the management of recreation settings. It can be used for a course on recreation leadership, recreation supervision, or recreation activity methods. As well, it is useful as a resource for practicing recreation professionals.

Part One: A Foundation

Chapter 1: The Necessity of Recreation Leadership

Chapter 2: The Framework of Recreation Leadership


Part Two: General Leader Proficiencies

Chapter 3: Definitions and Principles of Leadership

Chapter 4: Ethical Leadership

Chapter 5: Decision Making and Problem Solving

Chapter 6: Group Management

Chapter 7: Communication

Chapter 8: Leading Change and Innovation

Chapter 9: Collaboration

Chapter 10: Leading with Technology

Chapter 11: Managing the Leader


Part Three: Specific Recreation Leader Proficiencies 

Chapter 12: Teaching Recreation Skills 

Chapter 13: Motivating for Activity Participation

Chapter 14: Facilitating Recreation Behavior

Chapter 15: Managing Problematic Participant Behavior

Chapter 16: Leading Safely

Chapter 17: Leading According to Age Groups

Chapter 18: Inclusive Leadership


Appendices: Recreation Leader’s Activity Handbook

Game Leading

Song Leading

Leading Dramatics

Crafts Leading

Leading Dance

Coordinating Tournaments

Coaching Sports

Leading Aquatics

Leading Group Fitness 

Leading Through Nature

Leading Risk Activities

Leading Trips

Planning and Conducting Parties

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