Developmental intervention and leisure education: a life span perspective

Kleiber, Douglas A. (2001). Developmental intervention and leisure education: a life span perspective. World Leisure Journal. 43(1): 4-10. Published online in 2011. DOI: 10.1080/04419057.2001.9674214

Abstract: This paper offers a framework for using leisure developmentally over the life span. By considering the developmental tasks that confront individuals of a given cultural/historical context, educational interventions can be designed for utilizing leisure in ways that are personally and socially adaptive. Contemporary western developmental issues, such as establishing independence in adolescence, connecting with others in early adulthood and after retirement and adjusting to negative life events, create challenges and opportunities for applied social scientists, leisure service providers and educators. The differences in leisure education for a school child and a person approaching retirement, this paper will argue, should be shaped by the developmental tasks of the period and the social context in which those tasks are defined. Traditional life span models such as those of Erikson, Havighurst and Levinson still have heuristic value, but must be considered in relation to the more current developmental research that gives greater attention to both social context and individual initiative. This paper will address “situated” developmental tasks and the challenge of “intervening” in people's lives while still preserving enjoyment and self-determination.

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