Recreation Programming, 7th ed. [etext]

Designing and Staging Leisure Experiences
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Author(s): J. Robert Rossman
Barbara Elwood Schlatter

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As the go-to book on programming for over 25 years for students and practitioners, Recreation Programming: Designing and Staging Leisure Experiences has become the leading text for teaching programming in over 100 higher education institutions in the United States and abroad.

The authors demonstrate a theory-based practice of programming that thoroughly covers the technical skills and knowledge needed to design and stage engaging leisure experiences.

They clearly illustrate how to manage program services within the context of a specific agency through the Program Development Cycle©. 

The authors facilitate learning and teaching with the active learning exercises in each chapter that require students to think and work like a programmer.

Other innovative features exclusive to the book are the Framed Experience Model© of program design for facilitating participant co-creation of experiences, use of visualization as a planning modality for experimenting with alternate program designs, integrated strategic and operational planning for program development, and the PMAS© (Program Management Accounting System). 

Table of Contents: 

Part I: Foundations for Programming

Chapter One: Basic Programming Concepts

Chapter Two: How Individuals Experience Leisure

Chapter Three: Six Key Elements of a Situated Activity System

Chapter Four: Outcome-Based Programming

Chapter Five: Developing Leisure Products in the Experience Economy

Chapter Six: Collaborating in Developing an Organization’s Programming Strategy

The Program Development Cycle

Part II: Determining Agency Culture

Chapter Seven: Developing the Agency’s Programming Mission

Chapter Eight: Developing Strategic Directions

Part III: Targeted Program Development

Chapter Nine: Obtaining Participant Input

Chapter Ten: Writing Program Outcome and Design Statements

Chapter Eleven: Program Design

Chapter Twelve: Creative Programming

Part IV: Operational Strategies

Chapter Thirteen: Preparing the Program Plan

Chapter Fourteen: Techniques for Program Promotion

Chapter Fifteen: Registration Procedures

Chapter Sixteen: Staffing and Supervising Program Operations

Chapter Seventeen: Developing a Program Pricing Philosophy

Chapter Eighteen: Determining Program Costs

Chapter Nineteen: Pricing Program Services

Part V: Follow-Up Analysis

Chapter Twenty: Program Evaluation Techniques

Chapter Twenty-One: Developing a Comprehensive Evaluation System

Chapter Twenty-Two: Making Decisions about Program Services


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About the Author(s)

J. Robert Rossman

J. Robert Rossman Ph.D. has been designing and staging events and programs for over 50 years as a practitioner, scholar, and consultant. His early career assignments included serving as an arts and crafts instructor, camp counselor, life-guard, swim instructor, and pool manger. His professional career included serving as a community center director and assistant director of recreation for the Village of Oak Park, IL. He has operated numerous events and programs during his career including university and college commencements, band concerts, art shows, sport events, Science and Technology Week at Illinois State University, family reunions, and church dinners.

During his tenure as a faculty member, Dr. Rossman held academic appointments at five institutions where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses on designing and staging recreation programs. He earned the rank of Professor and has served for thirteen years as a department chair and ten years as dean. At Illinois State University he holds the rank of Professor and Dean Emeritus.

He has given keynote addresses and educational workshops on programming to a variety of organizations in the U.S. and abroad. He has worked with Morale, Welfare, and Recreation operations for the US Air Force, Navy, and Army to help improve their programming practices. During the past few years he delivered invited addresses about programming to groups in Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand including the New Zealand Recreation Association Annual Conference and the annual conference of the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals.

He recently completed a three year appointment as a Visiting Professor at Texas A & M University and continues as an author, speaker, and consultant about designing, staging, and managing programmed experiences.

He is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the Academy of Leisure Sciences, and the Academy for Park and Recreation Administration who has elected him as a Legend in Parks and Recreation for outstanding contributions to the field.

Barbara Elwood Schlatter

Barbara Elwood Schlatter began her career programming recreation for people with disabilities and later, as a youth development worker in the Peace Corps/Guatemala.

She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate from SUNY Cortland, Springfield College, and the University of Illinois, respectively.

Her 20 year career in higher education includes academic appointments at SUNY Cortland, Chicago State University, and Illinois State University where she holds the rank of Professor and is Assistant Director in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation.

Her teaching specializations include recreation programming, outdoor recreation, and human resource management.

Barb’s scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Recreation and Park Administration; Research Quarterly for Sport and Exercise; JOPERD; and the Cyber Journal of Applied Recreation and Leisure Research.

She served many years as board member for a local Boys and Girls Club.

She is a member of NRPA, Illinois Park and Recreation Association, and is currently serving as President of the American Leisure Academy.