Ethnography as a Recreational Needs Assessment Tool in Rural Settings

Authors

  • Kevin Lasley

Keywords:

Ethnography, rural recreation, needs assessment, participant observation, monograph.

Abstract

By borrowing the techniques of sociologists and anthropologists, recreation programmers in rural settings may better assess the recreation needs of the populations they serve. The process known as ethnography is presented in the context of a rural recreation setting. A monograph cites observed behaviors and trends of rural life. This information is then used to suggest program options to meet apparent needs. Although ethnography may be uniquely suited to assessing need in the rural context, there are implications for a broader application of ethnographic techniques in any recreation programming setting.?

Published

1987-07-04

Issue

Section

Regular Papers