Leisure Education

A Person-Centered, System-Directed, Social Policy Perspective
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Author(s): Rodney B. Dieser

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One of the chief aims of Leisure Education: A Person-Centered, System-Directed, and Social Policy Perspective is to provide a book that brings different leisure education voices together and provides a broad overview of the many different theories and models of leisure education.

The aim of this book is to propel the field of leisure education forward by helping readers understand the history of leisure education, including the many theories and models of leisure education; outline the progress and dynamic aspects of leisure education, such as the difference between person-centered and system-directed leisure education; and move the leisure education field forward toward social policy development so that leisure education can have a voice related to preventing and remedying social problems.

About the Author(s)

Rodney B. Dieser

Rodney B. Dieser, Ph.D., currently is an Associate Professor in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services (HPELS) (College of Education) at the University of Northern Iowa. Rod currently serves as the program coordinator for the Master's Degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development and teaches the doctoral level qualitative research class within the College of Education.

Rod holds a Bachelor's and Master's of Science degree from the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, with a graduate level minor in educational psychology (adolescent-based counseling). He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Physical Education and Recreation from the University of Alberta (Canada). His research and teaching interests include: (1) cross-cultural therapeutic recreation and leisure practice, (2) therapeutic recreation as an adjunctive therapy for people with mental illness and people with disabilities, (3) historical and philosophical foundations of leisure, youth, and non-profit human services, including Hull-House from 1889-1953, (4) representations of health in popular culture, and (5) hegemonic masculinity and youth development in leisure, sport, and physical activities.

Rod has co-authored two academic textbooks in Leisure Studies (both over 500 pages), has written over 60 academic articles, and has made countless national and international research and professional presentations in both Canada and the United States. Although the bulks of Rod's academic writings are in the areas of leisure studies and therapeutic recreation (e.g., American Journal of Recreation Therapy , Annuals of Therapeutic Recreation , Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Science, Leisure Studies, Leisure/Loisir, Therapeutic Recreation Journal ) his research has appeared in other academic fields, including: Counseling Psychology ( Transactional Analysis Journal ), Education ( Alberta Journal of Education Research, Journal of College Student Development ), Human Services (e.g., Human Service Educator, Journal of Progressive Human Services ), and Physical Education (Journal of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance ).

Rod has served as an associated editor for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal and as an editor for the academic newsletter the SPRE Professor and was awarded a Presidential Citation by the Society of Parks and Recreation Educators for his work as the SPRE Professor editor. In 2006 he received the Outstanding Professional Research Award by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society in the United States. He has also received outstanding research and writing awards by the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association and the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association respectfully. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, over the years Rod volunteers as a consultant for the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association. Rod has year of experience working in the non-profit area of health, recreation, and social services and for the past five years has has worked in administration in the area of nonprofit religious services.