World Leisure Commission on Leisure Education

The World Leisure Commission on Education’s goals are to develop leisure education resources, programs and strategies through international exchange and cooperation to improve leisure functioning of individuals and groups within our society. Together, interested parties of WLCLE from around the world can share research, practice, theory and experience. 

What our Commission means by Leisure Education:
We are not necessarily talking about the academic context of professional preparation for work within the leisure field but rather we are concerned with the ways and means through which individuals and groups acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that inform and determine their leisure functioning.

See our commission website for more details

View the World Leisure Blog on Leisure Education

Online Collection and Resource Hub: Our Commission is hosting this collection as part of an effort to be an international hub for Leisure Education.  The collection is updated on a regular basis and as the collection grows we will be adding sub-topics to make it easier to browse. If you would like to submit a resource to the collection you can upload it here. Include a designation of submission type for each submission (see list of types of submissions are on our Commissions website).

For more information about our Commission:

Email Alison Link, World Leisure Commission on Leisure Education, Chair at [email protected] and join our Commission's LinkedIn group

A model for including leisure education in transition services for young adults with mental retardation

Dattilo, John and Susan St. Peter. (1991). A model for including leisure education in transition services for young adults with mental...

An Evaluation of the Effects of a Leisure Education Curriculum on Delinquents’ Motivation, Knowledge, and Behavior Changes Related to Boredom

Finn, Paul Robert Jr. (2006). A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in...

An Introduction to Leisure Education and Leisure Literacy

Leisure education broadens awareness of leisure, equips people to make more informed leisure choices, and increases ability to access...

By Opportunity of Leisure: Resource Package

This resource package looks at individuals, their community life, community agencies, and the contribution that leisure education can make...

Conceptual Approaches in Policy Development in Leisure Education

Ruskin, Hillel. (1988). Conceptual Approaches in Policy Development in Leisure Education. World Leisure and Recreation. 30(3-4): 17-24. DOI...

Creating a Brilliant Blend? The Changing Offerings of Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Leisure Degree Programs in Australia

Breakey, Noreen M, and Craig-Smith, Stephen. (2011). Creating a Brilliant Blend? The Changing Offerings of Tourism, Hospitality,...

Critical space and leisure education in the 21st century

Humberstone, B. (2007). Critical space and leisure education in the 21st century case study - outdoor studies. Tourism Recreation Research...

Delinquency Prevention Through Leisure Education: A Community Approach

The article analyzes the debate of recreation and leisure within correctional institutions and also goes through the benefits that occur...

Design and Evaluation of a Leisure Education Program for Caregivers of Institutionalized Care Recipients

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a leisure education program for caregivers of persons with dementia residing...

Development and Reliability Testing of a Scale to Measure Functional Outcomes in Therapeutic Recreation

Kloseck, Marita et al. (1996). Development and Reliability Testing of a Scale to Measure Functional Outcomes in Therapeutic Recreation....

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....

Educating for serious leisure: Leisure education in theory and practice

Stebbins, Robert A. (Original publication 1999. Online March 2011). Educating for Serious Leisure: Leisure Education in Theory and Practice...

Education for leisure : a suggested approach for schools

Sleap, Mike. (1987). Education for leisure: a suggested approach for schools. Leisure Studies. 6(2): 167-179. Published online August...

Effects of a Leisure Education Program on Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury

Paper from the 2nd International Therapeutic Recreation Conference. The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of a...

Effects of Leisure Education on Perceived Freedom in Leisure of Adolescents with Mental Retardation

Hoge, Gail, John Dattilo, and Richard Williams. (1999). Effects of Leisure Education on Perceived Freedom in Leisure of Adolescents with...

Effects of Leisure Education on Self-Determination, Social Interaction, and Positive Affect of Young Adults With Mental Retardation

Williams, Richard and John Dattilo. (1997). Effects of Leisure Education on Self-Determination, Social Interaction, and Positive...

Exploring Engendered Education and Research: Adapting Models from the Sociology of Education for Leisure, Sport and Tourism

Aitchison, Cara C. (2003). Exploring Engendered Education and Research: Adapting Models from the Sociology of Education for Leisure, Sport...

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life: Book

Book. (1997). 181 pp. New York: Basic Books. Overview: Part psychological study, part self-help book, Finding Flow is a prescriptive...

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience: Book

Book. (1990). 181 pp. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. Overview: Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of...

Innovative Leisure Practices: Cases as conduits between theory and practice

The World Leisure Center of Excellence at Vancouver Island University is pleased to release a volume of case studies called Innovative...

Integrating education and leisure: conflict and the community school

Wimbush, Erica J., and Brian S. Duffield. (2006). Integrating education and leisure: conflict and the community school. Leisure Studies. 4(...

Leisure Competence Measure: Testing Tool

Kloseck, Marita and Richard Crilly. (1997). Leisure Competence Measure. Published by Marita Kloseck. Overview: The Leisure Competence...

Leisure Counseling: A Commentary

Neulinger, J. (1981). Leisure Counseling: A Commentary. The Counseling Psychologist. 9(3): 69-70. doi: 10.1177/001100008100900306...

Leisure Education and Physical Literacy: Fostering Vital Skills for Healthy Lifestyles

Presents a Leisure Behaviour Model, from need arising, through activity repertoire (intended behaviour), to action and measure of...

Leisure education as a rehabilitative tool for youth in incarceration settings

This article provides an overview of why individuals engage in criminal activity, the historical development of prisons as rehabilitative...

Leisure Education I, II, and III: Activities and Resources

Stumbo, Norma. All published by Venture Publishing, Inc. Manual I: A Manual of Activities and Resources. (Additional author Steven...

Leisure Education in Educational Settings : From Instruction to Inspiration

Sivana, Atara. (2008). Leisure Education in Educational Settings : From Instruction to Inspiration. Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure...

Leisure Education in the Schools: A Call to Action

The authors discuss the provision of leisure education in schools for children and youth with disabilities. They point out the importance...

Leisure Education In the Schools: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for All Children and Youth

Numerous contributors. A Position Paper of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR). Taskforce on Leisure...

Leisure education program planning: a systematic approach (3rd edition): Book

Book: 440 pp. ISBN 978-1-892132-77-2. Venture Publishing. Available for purchase. Abstract: The information needed to develop a...

Leisure Education Promoting Self-Determination in Persons with Disability

This article provides a step by step guide in order to promote self determination in persons with disability.

Leisure Education, Community Development, and Populations with Special Needs: Book

Sivan, Atara and Ruskin, Hillel, Editors. (2000). Leisure Education, Community Development, and Populations with Special Needs....

Leisure education. Specific programs: Book

Datillo, J. (2000). Leisure education. Specific programs. State College, PA. Venture Publishing Inc. Abstract: 10 leisure education...

Leisure education. Theory and practice: Book

Book: 224 pages. Available by membership access. Abstract: The ultimate outcome of leisure education is seen as enabling individuals to...

Leisure Education: A New Goal for An Old Idea Whose Time Has Come

Hutchinson, Susan and Robertson, Brenda. (2012). Leisure Education: A New Goal for An Old Idea Whose Time Has Come. Pedagogía Social....

Leisure Education: A Person-Centered, System-Directed, Social Policy Perspective: Book

Dieser, Rodney B. (2013). Leisure Education: A Person-Centered, System-Directed, Social Policy Perspective. Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing...

Leisure Education: A Prescription for a Healthier Community

This article discusses the following concepts and how they interrelate to produce a healthy community: Leisure...Education...Healthy......

Leisure education: definition, aims, advocacy, and practices – are we talking about the same thing(s)?

Sivana, Atara and Robert A. Stebbins. (2011). Leisure education: definition, aims, advocacy, and practices – are we talking about the same...

Leisure Education: Independent Living Resource Centre (Winnipeg)

This article describes a program in Manitoba implemented in the 1980s. It was designed to help people in the 18-65 year age group who did...

Leisure Education: Models and Curriculum Development

Sellick, Janelle, Stensrud, Carol, and Jorgenson, Lisa. (2002). California State University, Sacramento. This article looks at how youth...

Leisure Education: Municipal Recreation Bulletin #19

Describes how leisure education can benefit quality of life. Leisure education is defined and described.

Leisure Enhancement: Book

Michael J. and Sara F. Leitner. (2012). Leisure Enhancement (4th Edition). Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing. Description: This...

Leisure functioning and rehabilitation of individuals approaching release from prison

Link, Alison. (2011). Leisure functioning and rehabilitation of individuals approaching release from prison. Doctoral Dissertation....

Leisure in Your Life: An Exploration

Godbey, Geoffrey. (1999). Leisure in Your Life: An Exploration (5th Edition). State College, PA: Venture Publishing Overview: This book...

Leisure Step Up Manual and Workbook

This 134-page workbook is for use by a facility's staff  to use with clients, and may be copied as needed after purchase. The step-by-...

Listening for a Leisure Remix

Fox, Karen, and Elizabeth Klaiber. (2006). Listening for a Leisure Remix. Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 28(5): 411-430...

Maritime Leisure Degree Development in the Northwest of England

Bonsall, Stephen. (2006). Maritime Leisure Degree Development in the Northwest of England. Tourism in Marine Environments. 3(1):...

Measuring children’s participation in recreation and leisure activities: construct validation of the CAPE and PAC

King, G.A. et al. (2007). Measuring children’s participation in recreation and leisure activities: construct validation of the CAPE and...

Measuring leisure motivation

Beard, Jacob G. and Mounir G. Ragheb. (1983). Measuring leisure motivation. Journal of Leisure Research. 15(3): 219-228. Abstract...

Measuring Leisure Satisfaction

Beard, J. G. and M.G. Ragheb. (1980). Measuring Leisure Satisfaction. Journal of Leisure Research. 1980 12(1): 20-33 Abstract: Literature...

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