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An administration course for middle management

The following project is a senior-level, three-unit course design which considers the fundamental techniques of recreation administration. The course is divided into sixteen units, each unit covering three hours of instruction. Although each unit builds upon previous units, the units are nonetheless adaptable to individual presentation. Consequently, the course avails itself to the removal and insertion of units at the instructor’s discretion. Each unit contains measurable objectives in addition to specification of materials, procedures, evaluation techniques, and selected readings required. Finally, the inclusion of each individual unit in the course design is justified with documentation. The course focuses upon administrative techniques common to all organizations. The significance of the focus is that the student, in taking this course, acquires the skills that are adaptable to any form of recreational organization. Thus, the development of fundamental administrative skills ultimately increases the number of positions the recreation graduate is qualified to fill. The decision to concentrate upon the presentation of universal administrative techniques common to all organizations is akin to the same decisions made by public and business administration instructors in the late fifties. During this period, it was recognized by administrative scholars that administrative skills and techniques were independent of particular environments. The author is merely applying this most important realization to recreation. He believes that the abandonment of environmental study within the context of his administration course will act as a positive advance in the rapidly evolving recreation curriculum.

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