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The Park and Recreation Professional's Handbook With Online Resource

Continuing education and development are of the utmost importance if you want to advance in the field. Whether you're a graduating student or a new professional preparing for certification or a veteran practitioner looking to update your knowledge of current best practices, The Park and Recreation Professional's Handbook is the one resource you will need.
The Park and Recreation Professional's Handbook offers the following features:

This comprehensive resource addresses all of the essential topics that professionals must know, including program planning and evaluation, decision making, facility management, human resources, marketing, budgeting and financial planning, and policy making. Each chapter seamlessly blends foundational concepts, the latest research, and real-world examples to offer complete and current coverage of the topics in an easy-to-read format. The book presents readers with a complete picture of all of the skills needed for success in the field, making it a perfect resource for new and future professionals.
Prepare for your future in the field with The Park and Recreation Professional's Handbook. Its straightforward explanations of key topics make it a resource that you'll keep in your library long after you've earned your certification.
Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
History of the Field
Philosophical Underpinnings
Definitions of Leisure, Play, and Recreation
Theoretical Foundations
Chapter 2: Program Planning
Program Planning Process
Coordination With Other Agencies
Programming for People With Disabilities
Creative Programming
Chapter 3: Motor Development in Recreation
Physical Activity Throughout Life
Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Recreation
Applying Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Real World Settings
Chapter 4: Evaluation and Assessment
Evaluation Steps
Models of Evaluation
Types of Data
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Evaluation Reports
Developing Programs From Assessment
Chapter 5: Planning
Strategic Plans
Master Plans
Business Plans
Chapter 6: Maintenance
Maintenance Categories
Types of Maintenance
Maintenance Systems
Maintaining Recreational Spaces
Chapter 7: Facility Management
Opening and Closing Procedures
Scheduling and Coordination
Managing Equipment
Safety and Security
Emergency Preparedness
Supervising Spaces
Chapter 8: Budgets and Finance
Revenue Sources
Capital Project Funding
Revenues and Expenditures
Tools for Financial Management
Other Fiscal Activities
Monitoring Finances
Chapter 9: Human Resources: The Hiring Process
Job Analysis
Job Classification
Job Description
Recruiting Potential Staff Members
Hiring Process
Chapter 10: Human Resources: Employee Management
Employee Orientation
Employee Motivation
Employee Evaluation
Employee Discipline
Employee Supervision
Organized Labor
Chapter 11: Marketing
Definition of Marketing
Marketing Plan
Executive Summary and Introduction
Situational Analysis
Customer Analysis
Marketing Goals and Strategies
Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation
Public Relations
Chapter 12: Policies and Decision Making
Policies, Standards, Procedures, and Rules
Policy Development Process
Decision-Making Process
Chapter 13: Professional Development
Professional Development Process
Training and Development
Ethics and Morals
Ethics Theories
Code of Ethics
Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
Ethical Issues
Appendix: Standards
References and Resources
About the Authors

A textbook for undergraduate capstone courses in recreation; a resource for students or professionals preparing for professional certification. Also a professional reference for those working in public park and recreation agencies.


  • Amy R. Hurd, PhD,
  • Denise M. Anderson, PhD,
  • Brent A. Beggs, PhD
  • Deborah A. Garrahy, PhD

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