A Definition of Entry-Level Knowledge for Therapeutic Recreation Practice

Authors

  • Norma J Stumbo

Keywords:

Knowledge Base, Competence, ProJessionalization, Content Validation, Entry-level, Credentialing, Accreditation.

Abstract

While the therapeutic recreation profession has significantly advanced in recent years,professional activities, such as credentialing and accreditation have been based on anassumed rather than a systematically researched knowledge base. The present research wasundertaken to define the knowledge base according to acceptable test and measurementprocedures. A content validation methodology was employed to describe the domain ofpractice and to identify specific information needed to practice.. Approximately 1400practitioners, on a national basis, participated in this research. The results indicate abroader conceptualization, and major advancement and sophistification in the delivery oftherapeutic recreation services. Implications and applications for further use in professionalactivities are discussed.

Published

1986-07-01

Issue

Section

Research Papers