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Comparison Study: Generational Perceptions of Competencies of Parks and Recreation Professionals

Author: Timothy J. Peitzmeier
M.S. in Recreation
Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
July 2011
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Job competencies in the Parks and Recreation field are very important in order to prepare students for their future careers in the field. There are research studies that address this topic but there are a very small number of them. The focus of this study is to discover whether or not job competencies that students believe are necessary for entry level positions are consistent with the desired competencies that professionals believe are essential. To look deeper into this subject, the different birth generations of professionals were sorted and their responses analyzed. Students and professionals attending the National Recreation and Park Association Conference in St. Louis, Missouri were surveyed on what they believe are the most important job competencies for entry level positions. The survey links were also printed in the spring edition of the National Parks and Recreation news letter and was also featured two of the weekly online newsletters. Further student data was collected from students enrolled in a recreation class at a Midwest state university.