This book is a core textbook for the recreation undergraduate and graduate level students. This comprehensive text encompasses evaluation, research, action research and basic statistical analysis in a unified, thorough and consistent manner while linking their classroom learning to direct field experiences which is critical for Recreation Professionals.
The book provides students through foundational knowledge of research, evaluation, concepts and statistical methods while guiding them step-by-step through the research process.
A "For the Investigator" section is included in each chapter. In this section, student investigators apply chapter content to research and evaluation exercises. In addition, students can participate in a semester long research project: a "Health and Leisure survey" that examines drug and alcohol use, recreation and fitness activities of students. Recreation scenarios and professional perspectives gives real world examples of how the process works within the profession.
Overall, this book is a user friendly text for introducing learners to research methods in recreation and sport. It demystifies many concepts in ways that will allow for discussions and application by students.
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