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John Dattilo, university professor, researcher, and noted author of many works on leisure education, states: "Leisure education provides individuals the opportunity to enhance the quality of their lives in leisure; understand opportunities, potentials, and challenges in leisure; understand the impact of leisure on the quality of their lives; and gain knowledge, skills, and appreciation enabling broad leisure skills." (Inclusive Leisure Services: Responding to the Rights of People with Disabilities, 2nd Ed., 2002, State College, PA: Venture Publishing, p. 211)
Leisure Education is...
Leisure Education is now receiving increasing attention within schools and community recreation settings. It is primarily focused upon children who are grade school age and older. For younger children, leisure education would expose the developing child to an array of play experiences. Parents, teachers, aides, and various specialists, would work together to introduce the child to a variety of age-appropriate leisure materials, skills, and behaviors.
Leisure Education content areas include: awareness, skills learning, and rehearsal and self-determination.
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