Date of Award

1995

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Paraschak, Victoria,

Keywords

Recreation.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze perceptions about the strategies and methods used by the Division of Recreation for creating diverse recreational opportunities which meet the demands and needs of the citizens of Windsor. This was accomplished using a qualitative interviewing methodology to examine recreation staffing and programming practices within the Division of Recreation. In addition, background information was collected to understand the participants' general perceptions towards the issue of diversity. This study indicates that the respondents lacked an awareness of the impact which changing demographics have on recreation services provided to their clientele. There is also a need for managerial level employees to increase their understanding of the strategies and policies that guide recreation staffing and recreation programming. In regards to recreation programming, criteria for determining what recreational services should be supplied to the citizens of Windsor is needed. The majority of the respondents in this study believed that recreation staffing and recreation programming benefited from utilizing the principle of diversity. However, when respondents were asked if they would change anything with regards to recreation staffing, they claimed they would leave it the same. Accordingly, there is a need to analyze the hiring practices of the Division of Recreation to ensure they are bias free. In terms of recreation programming, the managers were more inclined to leave recreation programming the same. Administrators, on the other hand, were more likely to claim that they would provide more diverse recreation programming if they were in charge. The main barrier the Division of Recreation faces in the provision of diverse recreation staffing and programming is economic constraints. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Kinesiology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .G37. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0598. Adviser: Victoria Paraschak. Thesis (M.H.K.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.

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