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Commission on Leisure Education

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.

The purpose and goals of the World Leisure Commission on Education are to develop community and support leisure education resources, programs and strategies through international exchange and cooperation to improve leisure functioning of individuals and groups within our society. Together, leisure education scholars, practitioners, organizations, teachers, students, participants and interested parties of World Leisure Commission on Leisure Education from around the world can share research, practice, theory and experience.

We aspire to be a leadership axis for international leisure education as well as a force that builds collaboration to: advocate for leisure education, conduct research and evaluation studies, and address implementation issues across a variety of settings and populations.

• To promote awareness and value of the significance of leisure and recreation.
• To exchange approaches on leisure learning and education.
• To support and create methods for evidence based practice in this area.
• To advocate and support leisure education internationally.
• To provide forums for discussion of global issues in all aspects of leisure education in the schools and in community settings.
• To support the leisure education of specific groups (youth, incarcerated, women, retirees, etc.) so as to enhance their access to healthy leisure functioning and lifestyles.
• To promote and foster quality research in leisure education.
• To disseminate information on leisure education.
• To foster the development of international, regional and national policies and programs on leisure education.
• To promote and offer technical, educational and consultative services in leisure education to public and private organizations and institutions.
• To support training of personnel in the various areas of leisure education.

Continue working with LIN (Leisure Information Network) on a resource HUB http://lin.ca/world-leisure-commission-leisure-education

The Commission on Leisure Education has developed a number of Public Statements, which grew out of several seminars and conferences.

The increase in leisure time has become a universal phenomenon, which holds implications on life of any civilization regardless of its social and cultural structure. People around the world have essential common needs that are expressed in various ways, depending upon different stimuli or conditions given in various times and places.

However, due to influential social forces, and with the increase of leisure, leisure expressions are becoming common universal features and are regarded as desirable and essential for the development of both the individual and society.

In a leisure-centered society, an increase access to a great amount of free time may potentially endanger the quality of leisure of both individuals and society. Preparation of people for the best use of their leisure can eventually enhance their quality of life in which leisure is a safe and desirable possession. Such preparation can be done through education which is properly adapted to the needs of the individuals and society.

A well adaptation to leisure-centered life could help individuals experience good life. Good life is characterized by effective, meaningful, enriched and interesting existence that is based upon feelings of enjoyment, satisfaction, fulfillment and freedom; upon a sense of worth, achievement and self-expression; upon mental, physical and social well-being; and upon the highest and most durable human values which consider and do not interfere with the pursuit of happiness of others.

Leisure education aims to assist children, youth and adults, to reach the good life and the best usage of leisure through the cultivation of their personal intellectual, emotional, physical and social development. Going through the process leisure education can develop an all-round individual, who holds values, attitudes, interests, motivation, habits, knowledge, appreciation and skills which are usable throughout life.

In order to formulate a common international platform for leisure education, the World Leisure Association through its Commission on education sponsored several international seminars. Their main mission was to draft international Position Statements to be used by the Association and other international agencies to further their actions and efforts in the development of leisure education in school systems, community systems and in the training of human resources for various leisure education roles.

This action, which culminated with the following Public Statements, arose from the need of many leisure professionals and institutions at various public and private levels to have sound international platform upon which they may build and develop their leisure education programs.

World Leisure International Position on:
Position Paper on Leisure Education and Community Development
Position Paper on Leisure Education and Populations of Special Needs
Position Paper on Educating for Serious Leisure

Other Education Commission Public Statements and Working Documents:
Position Paper on Fair Play and the Prevention of Violence in Sport and Society
Position Paper on Outdoor Leisure Education
Position Paper on Physical Fitness and Activity in the context of Leisure Education
Working document on Casual Leisure

Chair: Alison J. Link
Email: alisonlink@gmail.com

We Foster Inquiry

Research and scholarship to discover the personal and social potentialities of leisure experiences.

We Engage in Informed Advocacy

By advocating for conditions optimizing leisure experiences: legislation, infastructure, leadership and programming.