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State of leisure studies in Australia and New Zealand

Tower, J, McGrath, R, Sibson, R, Adair, D, Bevan, N, Brown, G, Foley, C, Fullagar, S, Gray, L, Hawkins, C ORCID: 0000-0002-7761-0451, Jeanes, R, Kerr, R, Martin, K, Maxwell, H ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-4698, McDonald, K, Peel, N, Reis, A, Xing, T, Yerbury, R and Zimmerman, JA 2017 , 'State of leisure studies in Australia and New Zealand' , World Leisure Journal , pp. 1-9 , doi: 10.1080/16078055.2017.1343326.

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A recurring theme has emerged from past ANZALS (Australia andNew Zealand Association for Leisure Studies) Conferences’keynote presentations concerning the status of leisure studiesfrom a teaching and research perspective. While this broaddiscussion has been raised, little is formally known about thecurrent status of leisure studies in Australian and New Zealanduniversities. The ANZALS Board initiated a project in 2015 to gaininsights into this topic. The purpose of the project was todocument issues about leisure studies in Australian and NewZealand universities and to explore strategies that could assistANZALS to promote leisure studies across various sectors. Thisinitiative sought feedback from the ANZALS Patron organisationsas well as members via a workshop conducted at the 2015ANZALS Conference. Outcomes from the project have identifiedleisure studies as a diverse and disparate field of study. Leisurestudies is no longer a centralised field within Australian and NewZealand universities. Instead, leisure studies have becomedivergent and focused on the elements within leisure such asrecreation, sport, tourism and events, as well as across domainssuch as management and health. The project outcomes indicatethe need for organisations such as ANZALS to develop andmaintain collaborative networks with a variety of stakeholders,both within the tertiary sector as well as amongst practitioners invarious industry sectors. There is also a need for ANZALS andkindred organisations to recognise and acknowledge the past andensure its future by examining how leisure studies can be definedfor application in a realm of related fields of study.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Tower, J and McGrath, R and Sibson, R and Adair, D and Bevan, N and Brown, G and Foley, C and Fullagar, S and Gray, L and Hawkins, C and Jeanes, R and Kerr, R and Martin, K and Maxwell, H and McDonald, K and Peel, N and Reis, A and Xing, T and Yerbury, R and Zimmerman, JA
Keywords: leisure studies, ANZALS, curriculum, research, teaching
Journal or Publication Title: World Leisure Journal
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1607-8055
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/16078055.2017.1343326
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