An Interpretive Analysis of the Teaching of Decision-Making in Leisure to Adolescents with Mental Retardation


  • Karla A. Henderson


Leisure, Teaching, Decision-Making, Mental Retardation, Adolescents


Literature suggests that one of the ways to empower individuals, especially those with mental retardation, is to enable them to make decisions for themselves. The purpose of this study was to explore the process of teaching decision-making in leisure to adolescents with mild mental retardation. An interpretive approach was used to examine the process of teaching and to devise recommendations for teaching decision-making in leisure. As a result of the analysis, several descriptive themes emerged relative to the teaching of decision- making in leisure: (a) assumptions inherent in the process ofteaching decision-making in leisure, (b) teaching the concept of leisure, and (c) the dynamics of teaching decisionmaking in leisure. By observing and describing strategies for teaching, and noting the outcomes to the learners, information was gathered that had implications for designing future leisure education approaches and models.



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