Leadership for Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services, 4th ed.

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Author(s): Christopher R. Edginton
Susan D. Hudson
Kathleen G. Scholl
Lara Lauzon

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Leadership for Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services presents new perspectives on the importance of leadership in the profession. Integrating theory with practice, the book provides foundational perspectives in the study of leadership at all levels – direct service, supervisory, managerial and community/civic – in recreation, parks and leisure service settings.

Organized into three sections, the first portion of the book presents theoretical and foundational information on the work of the leader. This is followed by a presentation of the work of leaders within groups. The last section addresses leadership in a number of recreation, parks and leisure service settings.

New chapters in this addition include Caring and Ethical Leadership; Leading Change: Innovation, Decision Making and Problem Solving; Leadership and Diversity and Leadership and the Programming Process.

The book includes a variety of pedagogical elements including marginal quotes, case studies, vignettes of significant, historical and current leaders, experiential learning experiences and leadership perspectives from current recreation, parks and leisure service professionals.

A North American perspective is offered including examples from Canada and the United States.

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About the Author(s)

Christopher R. Edginton

Christopher R. Edginton is the R.J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies, School of Kinesiology, Allied Health, and Human Services at the University of Northern Iowa.

From 1991-2010, he served as professor and director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. In 1985, he founded the nationally award-winning Camp Adventure™ Child & Youth Services program.

Since its inception, the program has provided contracted services for children and youth worldwide.

From 2004–2014, he served as secretary general of the World Leisure Organization, a nongovernmental organization operating in consultative status with The United Nations.

He is the cofounder of the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP), a worldwide social movement aimed at rethinking, reframing, and refocusing physical education pedagogy and the training of health and physical education teachers.

Edginton has authored over 350 articles, over 30 books, and over 30 chapters in books.

He has been identified as the leading proponent of the application of contemporary management concepts in the park and recreation field.

Susan D. Hudson

Dr. Hudson has been a member of the Leisure, Youth, and Human Services faculty since 1994. She holds one of three endowed professorships in the United States in the area of Leisure and Youth Services. Dr. Hudson has a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service. She has served as division coordinator and coordinator of LYHS graduate studies at University of Northern Iowa. In addition to her work within the Division, she is also the education director of the National Program for Playground Safety, the premier nonprofit organization in America created to help develop safe outdoor play areas for children. Along with her LYHS colleagues, Dr. Hudson has co-authored 10 textbooks in the areas of management, programming, and leadership. Dr. Hudson's research interests focus on nonprofit management, community programming, facilities design, and play for children.

Kathleen G. Scholl

Dr. Scholl is a faculty member and chair of the Leisure, Youth and Human Service Division within the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. She currently teaches courses in outdoor recreation management, environmental education, research and evaluation, and social psychology of leisure. In addition to Dr. Scholl's interest in outdoor recreation planning and programming, she is also a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). She is committed to the provision of recreation opportunities for all individuals. Dr. Scholl provides her expertise in inclusive recreation services to community agencies in order that they may increase their capacity to provide recreation services to individuals with disabilities. Her research interests include: inclusive recreation, accessibility, family leisure, outdoor leadership and communication effectiveness, and outdoor recreation and sustainable community development. Dr. Scholl currently sits on three agency boards: Friends of Hartman Reserve, Iowa Conservation Education Coalition, and Together We Play.

Lara Lauzon

Dr. Lara Lauzon is an assistant professor at the University of Victoria in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.

Her research area includes college and university student health, wellness and potential.

Her Ph.D. research was in the area of teacher wellness.

She is also a consultant specializing in workplace wellness, women and wellness, and leadership.

She has worked for not-for-profit, municipal, provincial, and private health and fitness agencies and co-produced and hosted an internationally syndicated health and fitness show called Body Moves for seven years.

She has won numerous awards including a Faculty of Education Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007, a Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching award in 2000, the Victoria “Y” Women of Distinction Award in 1997 for the Fitness and Health category, the B.C. Promotion Plus Leadership Award in 1992 for promotion of girls and women in fitness and sport, a B.C. Paraplegic Association Award for the development, production, and hosting of two fitness videos for persons with disabilities in 1992, and a Community Wellness Award in 1990 for outstanding contribution to the field of community wellness.

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