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:
- Thematic chapters that address current major issues in recreation management, therapeutic recreation, outdoor recreation, tourism, and culture so that students can comprehend the range of issues in these diverse areas of recreation
- Eight case studies based on current dilemmas from a variety of recreation and leisure settings, providing students with valuable practice in applying the three-step method for resolving ethical dilemmas
- Learning activities in each chapter that help students apply leisure philosophy to resolve dilemmas
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. Contents: Part I. FoundationsChapter 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 DiscussionChapter 2.
The Human Nature of Morality
Milgram's Shocking Experiment
Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development
Questions for DiscussionChapter 3.
Which Approach Is Right?
Questions for DiscussionChapter 4.
Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
A Courtroom Analogy
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 DiscussionPart II. Current Issues in Leisure ServicesChapter 5.
Conflict of Interest
Questions for DiscussionChapter 6.
Providing Controversial Leisure Services
Marketing Goods and Services
Questions for DiscussionChapter 7.
Paternalism and Autonomy
Opportunity and Leisure
Questions for DiscussionChapter 8.
Anthropocentricism, Biocentrism, Ecocentrism, and Theocentrism
Preservation, Conservation, and Ecosystem Management
Rationing Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor Education and Outdoor Leadership
Questions for DiscussionChapter 9.
Tourism and Culture
Tourism and the Natural Environment
Virtual Reality and Tourism
Questions for DiscussionPart III. Applications and a Look AheadChapter 10.
Professionalism and Recreation and Leisure
The Public Interest
Professional Recognition for Recreation and Leisure Services
Questions for DiscussionChapter 11.
Wrapping Up and Moving On
What Have We Learned?
Making a Difference in Recreation and LeisureChapter 12.
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 AuthorsAudiences:
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.
Author: Donald J. McLean, PhD,Daniel G. Yoder, PhD,