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Issues in Recreation and Leisure

Learning to resolve a dilemma ethically is a complex skill that recreation leaders and managers must learn in order to be successful, because they face ethical issues every day. They must ask themselves, "What is the right thing to do in this situation?" "Is my decision ethical for everyone involved?" "How will my decision affect each of the stakeholders--and my career?"
Teaching applied ethics requires an understanding of how moral dilemmas can be justly resolved as well as techniques and approaches to accomplish these goals. Issues in Recreation and Leisure: Ethical Decision Making guides students though this complex process of resolving real-life recreation dilemmas by presenting activities, techniques, and a field-tested three-step process. This process helps students develop sound approaches to dealing with contemporary issues in leisure and recreation.
In addition, this text contains the following features:

Part I explores ethics in leisure services and examines how dilemmas are naturally solved. It covers ethical theory and introduces a three-step method that can be widely applied. Students learn how recreation professionals worked through an actual dilemma and how their problem-solving strategies affect their solutions and their careers.
Part II presents real-life dilemmas common to a variety of leisure management areas, ethical issues in therapeutic recreation, and problems in outdoor education. The authors also tackle various issues surrounding tourism, including culture, sex tourism, the natural environment, and virtual tourism.
Part III contains a consideration of professionalism in parks and recreation and related fields, a peek into the future, and eight contemporary case studies drawn from leisure services fields. These case studies test students' abilities to apply ethical problem solving by using the three-step method presented earlier in the book. The studies present issues in four major areas of recreation and leisure.
Issues in Recreation and Leisure: Ethical Decision Making provides new insights into the recreation and leisure profession. It comes with a flexible format that can be used for one- to three-credit-hour courses in recreation issues. It arms students with the theory and knowledge they need for ethically resolving dilemmas. As such, it prepares them to make a difference as effective leisure service providers.
Part I. Foundations
Chapter 1. The Need for Ethics in Recreation and Leisure Services
More Than Meets the Eye?
Ethical Responsibilities in Recreation and Leisure Services
Dealing With Ethical Issues Systematically
Goal of This Book
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 2. The Human Nature of Morality
Milgram's Shocking Experiment
Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development
DIT Scenario
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 3. Ethical Theories
Consequence-Based Ethics
Rule-Based Ethics
Virtue Ethics
Which Approach Is Right?
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 4. Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
A Courtroom Analogy
Two Caveats
Component One: Identifying the Moral Dilemma
Component Two: Deciding What Is Praiseworthy and Blameworthy
Component Three: Choosing a Moral Action Plan
Applying the Model
The Most Appropriate Response
Questions for Discussion
Part II. Current Issues in Leisure Services
Chapter 5. Community Recreation
Sexual Harassment
Conflict of Interest
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 6. Commercial Recreation
Business Reciprocity
Providing Controversial Leisure Services
Marketing Goods and Services
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 7. Therapeutic Recreation
Paternalism and Autonomy
Opportunity and Leisure
Multiple-Role Relationships
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 8. Outdoor Recreation
Anthropocentricism, Biocentrism, Ecocentrism, and Theocentrism
Preservation, Conservation, and Ecosystem Management
Rationing Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor Education and Outdoor Leadership
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 9. Tourism
Tourism and Culture
Sex Tourism
Tourism and the Natural Environment
Virtual Reality and Tourism
Questions for Discussion
Part III. Applications and a Look Ahead
Chapter 10. Professionalism and Recreation and Leisure
The Public Interest
Professional Recognition for Recreation and Leisure Services
Questions for Discussion
Chapter 11. Wrapping Up and Moving On
What Have We Learned?
Making a Difference in Recreation and Leisure
Chapter 12. Case Studies
Funding Conflicts: Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose
Pool Problems: In Over Your Head?
River Use: Rough Waters Ahead
The Last Lynching: Legitimate Display or Debacle?
Athlete Conduct: Runner Stripped From Team
Vacation: Granted or Not?
Resource Rationing: Happy Trails to You
Sponsorship Versus Personal Beliefs: Little League, Big Problem
Appendix: Codes of Ethics
About the Authors

Text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate recreation courses in philosophy, senior seminar, or issues. Supplemental text for recreation management courses. Reference for recreation professionals.


  • Donald J. McLean, PhD,
  • Daniel G. Yoder, PhD,

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