Problem Solving in Recreation and Parks, 5th Ed.
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To find solutions to the critical problems facing the recreation and park profession, its leaders must become effective problem solvers.
This book offers a problem-solving model that should aid such leaders in developing a systematic approach to the vital issues they confront.
It also includes a series of case studies depicting typical day-to-day problems faced by administrators, supervisors, leaders, and recreation and park boards and commissions.
Certainly, a book of this type should not be limited to classroom use.
It is hoped that its concepts and ideas can also be effectively used in staff development programs and in-service training, as well as by park and recreation boards, military installations, hospitals, conservation agencies, penal institutions, commercial recreation enterprises, colleges and university administrations, state departments, and other agencies concerned with recreation and park problems.
What is important is that the problems a person is likely to encounter, and these are for the most part predictable, are those for which students and practitioners have been prepared.
I attempt to combine practical with academic approaches to problem solving, offering both the theoretical and pragmatic viewpoints, combining these wherever possible.
For these reasons, this book should be useful not only for teaching park and recreation students how to handle hypothetical problems systematically, but as an update and refresher for those involved with actual problems in agencies and organizations.
Problem Solving: A Professional Need 1
The Problem-Solving Model 5
Use of the Case Study Method in Problem Solving 9
The Problem Situation 15
Defining Objectives 27
Factors That Influence Problem Solving 35
Selecting Alternative Solutions 53
Decision Making 61
Strategies for Implementation 71