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dc.contributor.advisorGunn, Clare
dc.creatorBeres, Larry Ralph
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 274-288)en
dc.description.abstractCurrent recreation studies, "thought" literature and relevant federal and provincial statutes were utilized to identify principles of public recreation practice. Analysis of the data resulted in the identification of ten principles of public recreation practice. Public recreation practice in Alberta, Canada, was analyzed utilizing current park and recreation master plans, government policy documents and relevant research on municipal recreation practice. Content analysis, using a thematic approach, was applied to all documentation utilized in identifying principles of public recreation practice as well as documentation utilized to examine current public recreation practice in Alberta. Evaluation research techniques, based on a five-phase model outlined by Wetherill and Buttram, were utilized to determine if current public recreation practice in Alberta was consistent with the ten principles of public recreation practice as identified in the first phase of the study. The research hypothesis stated that municipal recreation practice in Alberta is consistent with principles of public recreation practice as identified from current North American recreation studies and relevant Canadian statutes. Evaluation of current public recreation practice in Alberta indicated that such practice was consistent with eight of ten principles identified in the first phase of the study. As a result the research hypothesis was found to be tenable. Although the hypothesis was found to be tenable the study raised a number of questions which resulted in suggestions for further research and recommendations for public recreation practitioners and recreation educators and their representative associations.en
dc.format.extentx, 290 leavesen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjectRecreation and Resources Developmenten
dc.subject.classification1981 Dissertation B491
dc.titlePrinciples of public recreation practice in Alberta, Canadaen
dc.typeThesisen and Resources Developmenten A&M Universityen of Philosophyen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBury, Richard L.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHeath, Edward H.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMcGraw, J. J.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberReid, Leslie M.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSchaffer, Ruth C.
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen
dc.publisher.digitalTexas A&M University. Libraries

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