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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Diane C. Blankenship, EdD, is an associate professor at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, where she teaches courses in research methods in the recreation and parks management program. She also serves on the program’s graduate thesis and project committee.
Blankenship has extensive and varied experience, having worked as a professional Boy Scout and a recreation therapist; in residential camps, aquatic facilities, recreation centers, and outdoor recreation facilities; and for the Department of the Army in Germany.
Blankenship has used her skills in recreation and leisure research methods to assist local and state organizations in the evaluation of their programs and facilities and in strategic planning. She is a member of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) and has served numerous times on the conference committee and as the coordinator of data analysis for all conference evaluations. In addition, she serves as a site visitor for the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and as a recreation commissioner for the City of Frostburg.
In her free time, Blankenship enjoys walking rail-trails, knitting, and traveling with her daughter to Native American reservations. She and her husband, Calvin, and their daughter reside in Frostburg.