Research and the Management of Campus Recreation

in Journal of Sport Management
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Material for this paper was obtained from four sources: past presidents of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, past chairpersons of the Research Committee of NIRSA, leading publishers of research in the field of campus recreation in Canada, and the annual proceedings of NIRSA. Information about research was elicited from the first three sources through a questionnaire asking respondents to indicate on a checklist the research in 22 areas of administration they had done, were doing, or planned to do. The second part of the questionnaire asked them to list completed research they knew about that had a special significance for the body of knowledge in the field. The third part asked which research topics should be addressed in the future because of their special significance to the profession. The survey findings indicate there is a growing concern about participants’ attitudes toward programs, a need to determine the sociological and psychological effects of the programming, and an awareness that program managers are moving away from traditional offerings of competitive sports and are emphasizing the concept of total Wellness.

Direct all correspondence to David O. Matthews, Dept. of Physical Education, 170 IMPE, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 61820.

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