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

Measuring the ABCs of Leisure Experience: Awareness, Boredom, Challenge, Distress

Lynn A. Barnett. (2005). Measuring the ABCs of Leisure Experience: Awareness, Boredom, Challenge, Distress. Leisure Sciences: An...

Measuring Therapeutic Recreation Outcomes in Rehabilitation: Further Testing of the Leisure Competence Measure

Kloseck, Marita, Richard G. Crilly, and Linda Hutchinson-Troyer. (2001). Measuring Therapeutic Recreation Outcomes in Rehabilitation:...

More Fun, Less Stuff Starter Kit

Taylor Betsy. (2001). More Fun, Less Stuff Starter Kit. White River, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing Company. A fun, easy to use book...

Outdoor leisure and the sustainability agenda

Polistina, K. I. M. (2007). Outdoor leisure and the sustainability agenda: critical pedagogy on neo-liberalism and the employment obsession...

Personal Development And Discovery Through Leisure: Book

Olson, E.G. (2006). Personal Development And Discovery Through Leisure (3rd edition). USA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company....

Preliminary Effects of a Leisure Education Program to Promote Healthy Use of Free Time among Middle School Adolescents

Caldwell, Linda L. et al. (2004). Preliminary Effects of a Leisure Education Program to Promote Healthy Use of Free Time among Middle...

Professional issues in therapeutic recreation: on competence and outcomes: Book

Stumbo, Norma J., Ed. (2009). Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation: On Competence and Outcomes. 2nd Edition. Champaign, IL....

Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Leisure Education as an Intervention

This article discusses the use of leisure education as an intervention in a pulmonary rehabilitation programs, as well as provides...

Recent developments in leisure education research and implementation

Sivana, Atara. (2011). Recent developments in leisure education research and implementation. World Leisure and Recreation. 39(2): 41-44....

Take Back Your Time. Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America: Book

De Graaf, John, ed. (2003). Take Back Your Time. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Overview: Take Back Your Time is the official...

Taxonomy of Leisure Education Goals

On the basis of an international literature research (English, French, German, Spanish and Dutch language literature) and the analyses of a...

The Case for Community-Based Leisure Education

This blog post looks whether or not the field of recreation is positioned to help address the social issues individuals and communities are...

The Construction of a Professional Competency Framework for Marine Leisure and Tourism Education in Taiwan

Tien-Ming Cheng, Chiang-Chuan Lu and Shih-Ting Chen. (2012). The Construction of a Professional Competency Framework for Marine Leisure...

The Effects of Leisure Education on Leisure Satisfaction, Leisure Participation, and Self-Confidence for Individuals With Brain Injuries

It was the purpose of this study to examine the effects of leisure education on leisure satisfaction, leisure participation, and self-...

The Leisure Diagnostic Battery and Users Manual

Witt, Peter A. (1987). The Leisure Diagnostic Battery and Users Manual. Sate College, PA: Venture Publishing. Publisher's Overview:...

The Leisure Diagnostic Battery: Measuring Perceived Freedom in Leisure

Witt, Peter A. and Gary D. Ellis. (1984). The Leisure Diagnostic Battery: Measuring Perceived Freed om in Leisure. Loisir et Société...

The Pivotal Role of Leisure Education: Finding Personal Fulfillment in This Century: Book

Book: Cohen-Gewerc, Elie and Robert A. Stebbins. (2007). 184 pp. ISBN 1-892132-74-5. Venture Publishing. Available for purchase. The...

The reliability and norms of the Leisure Diagnostic Battery for undergraduate recreation majors who are deaf

Riddick, Carol Cutler. (2011). The reliability and norms of the Leisure Diagnostic Battery for undergraduate recreation majors who are deaf...

The reliability of the Leisure Diagnostic Battery Short Form Version B in assessing healthy, older individuals: a preliminary study

Chang, Y. S. and Card, J. A. (1994).  The reliability of the Leisure Diagnostic Battery Short Form Version B in assessing healthy,...

The role of culture and leisure in improving health and well being

This document is aimed at Commissioners and providers of culture and leisure services in England. It is designed to help them to:...

The Serious Leisure Perspective (SLP)

This website includes many resources related to leisure education, including concepts, history, charts of various types of leisure,...

Therapeutic recreation: processes and techniques: Book

Austin, D.R. (2009).  Therapeutic recreation: processes and techniques. Urbana, IL Sagamore Publishing. From the Abstract: This sixth...

Time on my hands: hands off my time

Paddick, Robert J. (1982). Time on my hands: hands off my time. Leisure Studies. 1(3): 355-364. Published online Sept 2006. DOI: 10.1080/...

Un profil des diplômés en études du loisir d'une université acadienne

LeBlanc, Marc, Pierre Ouellette and Jerome F. Singleton. (2003). Un profil des diplômés en études du loisir d'une université acadienne....

Understanding Leisure-related Program Effects by Using Process Data in the HealthWise South Africa Project

Caldwell, Linda L. et al. (2008). Understanding Leisure-related Program Effects by Using Process Data in the HealthWise South Africa...

Unemployment, school and leisure: an adolescent study

Hendry, L.B. , M. Raymond and C. Stewart. (1984). Unemployment, school and leisure: an adolescent study. Leisure Studies. 3(2): 175-187....

Using the theory of planned behaviour to predict leisure educators’ intentions to use instructional technology

Mak, Jennifer Y. and Craig M. Ross. (2003). Using the theory of planned behaviour to predict leisure educators’ intentions to use...

What Does it Mean to “BE” Leisure Literate?

This blog post looks at the potential of leisure literacy to enhance the quality of people's leisure and life. The author argues that "[a]...

World Leisure and Recreation Association International Position Statement on Leisure Education and Community Development

Various authors. (2003). World Leisure and Recreation Association International Position Statement on Leisure Education and Community...

World Leisure and Recreation Association International Position Statement on Leisure Education and Populations of Special Needs

Various authors. (2001). World Leisure and Recreation Association International Position Statement on Leisure Education and Populations of...

World Leisure Journal: Special Edition on Leisure Education

This special issue, Volume 54, Issue 1, 2012, includes various articles. Available by access or purchase only.

‘Contested knowledges’ and leisure studies provision

Humberstone, Barbara and Laura Kirby. (2003). ‘Contested knowledges’ and leisure studies provision. Leisure Studies. 22(1): 51-64....

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