Faculty Publications

Title

Re-imagining leisure education with Canadian hope: will the caravan of American individualism keep rolling?

Document Type

Article

Keywords

ecological approaches, individualistic development models of leisure education, Leisure education, social policy leisure education, system-directed leisure education

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Leisure/ Loisir

First Page

317

Last Page

326

Abstract

Leisure education needs to move beyond an American individualistic model focused on changing or fixing individuals and can be used to change ecological factors and be used in a system-directed and social policy perspective, such as addressing social problems facing Canadian families and communities. Individualistic development models of leisure education are often associated with a person-centred approach–which is when an individual person is placed at the centre of a program or intervention and human services workers look to the person to identify and express leisure needs, interests, goals and strategies to meet goals. In contrast, an ecological approach to change, also known as system-directed change, occurs when strategies are put forth in order to improve communities or other environmental factors in providing human services. Leisure education approaches, linked to Canadian society, are outlined in order to showcase system-directed and social policy-based leisure education.

Department

Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services

Original Publication Date

1-1-2020

DOI of published version

10.1080/14927713.2020.1780936

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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