Recreation Programming, 7th ed. - eBook

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ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-57167-7419

Author(s): J. Robert Rossman, Barbara Elwood Schlatter

Copyright year: 2015

Edition: 7th

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As the go-to book on programming for over 25 years for students and practitioners, Recreation Programming: Designing and Staging Leisure Experiences has become the leading text for teaching programming in over 100 higher education institutions in the United States and abroad.

This book demonstrates a theory-based practice of programming that thoroughly covers the technical skills and knowledge that programmers need to design and stage engaging leisure experiences. It clearly illustrate how to manage program services within the context of a specific agency through the Program Development Cycle©.

In addition to teaching at the higher education level, the authors have programmed recreation for people with disabilities and youth and have served as community center director and assistant director of recreation.


Part I: Foundations for Programming

Chapter One: Basic Programming Concepts

Chapter Two: How Individuals Experience Leisure

Chapter Three: Six Key Elements of a Situated Activity System

Chapter Four: Outcome-Based Programming

Chapter Five: Developing Leisure Products in the Experience Economy

Chapter Six: Collaborating in Developing an Organization’s Programming Strategy


The Program Development Cycle

Part II: Determining Agency Culture

Chapter Seven: Developing the Agency’s Programming Mission

Chapter Eight: Developing Strategic Directions


Part III: Targeted Program Development

Chapter Nine: Obtaining Participant Input

Chapter Ten: Writing Program Outcome and Design Statements

Chapter Eleven: Program Design

Chapter Twelve: Creative Programming


Part IV: Operational Strategies

Chapter Thirteen: Preparing the Program Plan

Chapter Fourteen: Techniques for Program Promotion

Chapter Fifteen: Registration Procedures

Chapter Sixteen: Staffing and Supervising Program Operations

Chapter Seventeen: Developing a Program Pricing Philosophy

Chapter Eighteen: Determining Program Costs

Chapter Nineteen: Pricing Program Services


Part V: Follow-Up Analysis

Chapter Twenty: Program Evaluation Techniques

Chapter Twenty-One: Developing a Comprehensive Evaluation System

Chapter Twenty-Two: Making Decisions About Program Services

Recreation Programming, 7th ed.

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