SHEPHERD COLLEGE

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, RECREATION & SPORT

 

RECR - 350 Field Exper. In Leisure Services                      David E. Fincham, Asst. Prof.

3 Credit -                                                                           Office:  Butcher Center 211

Summer – 2004                                                                  Phone:  304 - 876  - 5235 (W)
E-Mail  - efincham@shepherd.edu                                   FAX #    304 - 876 - 5062  (W)
                                        
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed to provide the student with practical career-related experiences in leisure services.  RECR-350 requires 180 hours of supervised experiences.  Students

will be given an opportunity to transfer classroom instructions to the work environment through-problem solving , interacting with agency staff members,  and developing programs within their specializations.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

A.    To allow students an opportunity to apply classroom administrative knowledge, procedures, and direct leadership approaches within a formal agency.

B.     To afford students an opportunity to work with professionals in selected agencies.

C.     To provide career experiences to enrich classroom learning.

D.    To allow students to observe how agency supervisors approach problems inherent in daily programs.

E.     To provide students an opportunity to evaluate the working abilities of agency supervisors as professionals.

F.     Communicate with INSTRUCTOR  at least three (3) time per month <written / spoken> about progress.  Failure to do this will decrease your final grade.  You must keep me  informed as to progress during this semester.  If you do not communicate with me  as recommended you must drop the class by 12/1/04.  Additionally, in order to receive an "I" for the class you must have my (professor) approval  by  7/15/ 2004.  Additionally, it should be understood that all RECR 350 -INCOMPLETES must have sound justification.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

A.    Agency Visit - The instructor will attempt to visit  each student at the agency during work.  For individuals who are placed out of the immediate area, the instructor will collect information as to the progress of the student through e-mail, fax and/or phone call.  The on-site visits are very important because I will get an opportunity to observe programming opportunities and visit with you and your supervisor.   The purpose of these meetings will be to gather information about your skills, leadership ability, and administration of the various programs.  Each student should have  a written plan for the instructor the day of the visit <Failure to have a written plan will reduce this grade >.  Furthermore, we will need an opportunity to discuss with you and your supervisor the progress of this field placement.

 


 

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B.     Field Experience Plan - Students are responsible for finding their own placement site.   It is an important responsibility and must be selected with much care and attention.  This experience must be related to your specialization, and the instructor must approve the agency placement.   Furthermore, the field placement should be treated as employment within the agency.

 

CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT:

Prior to May 26  (100 points) students must have initiated a meeting with their agency supervisor and return the Direct Field Contractual Form to me.  Students  MUST provide the agency and instructor with a resume, letter of acceptance, and a sheet stating personal goals  for this placement .  These should be typed and given to the instructor by 5/27/04.   All of the forms must be given to the instructor prior to reporting for work with the agency (R E Q U I R E D).

 

METHOD FOR DETERMINING GRADE:

 

Agency Overview Paper (100 points - due at the end of week 2) - This paper should be typed and has three parts to it including:  < June 1, 2004 >.

 

Part 1.  Give an outline of your field experience assignment.  Fully describe the agency including the type of consumers served, the type of agency (public, private, non-profit, etc.), the basic organization structure of the agency and type of programs you will be directly affording assistance to, and the philosophy and mission statements of the agency and/or department.  Describe your initial training program, day-to-day activities, a typical week and your work schedule.

 

Part 2.  Finalize the goals and objectives of the unit and how these goals relate to the

specific five (5) goals you plan to accomplish during the field placement <develop this with your direct supervisor (s) or by following the data sheet with your contractual

agreement provided by this office.

 

SAMPLE GOALS and OBJECTIVES

 

   Personal Goals and Objectives Include:  (List Five Goals and Objectives:

          Goal:

               1.  Work with commercial and tourism professionals

           Objective: ( Objectives are measurable and accomplishable )

               1.   Learn and observe how tourism information is distributed to consumers.

               2.   Keep records <on a daily bases> the number of consumers contacted.

               3.    Keep a notebook of daily learning experiences.

 

 

 


 

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Part 3.  Consult with your agency supervisor and initiate the ground work for the special project you will complete during this field placement.  Explain what type of project you will be attempting and the method (s) for accomplishing this assignment.

DENOTE:  MAIL THIS TYPED COPY TO:  Mr. David E. Fincham, Recreation Department, Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.  DEVELOPMENT

AND COMPLETION OF A QUALITY SPECIAL PROJECT. 

 

Daily Program Record Sheet  - Students must keep a record of activities they directed on the DAILY PROGRAM RECORD SHEET.  These forms should be sent to the instructor on a weekly basis during the summer field placement.  Student not completing this field placement during the first summer session should send the forms on the 15th and 31st of the month.  Failure to comply could jeopardize your final

grade (usually a letter cut in final grade).    **** Record Keeping Journal (100 points) - Students must keep a complete record of program procedures in a journal (3-ring binder).  Include a description of complete field experience observations, daily program plan (seminars), opinions, reaction, and thoughtful reflections on the field placement experience.

 

Supervisor Evaluation  (100 points) When students have completed 90 hours of work within the agency, they are  required to have a supervisor evaluate of their accomplishments.

This must be completed and mailed (faxed) to me on the STUDENT EVALUATION

FORM.  The agency supervisor should meet with you about the merits of your

job performance.  Of course, the program-hour fulfillment, special project, and

final required notebook must be completed in a timely manner.

 

Final Field Experience Assessment  (100 points) - When student have completed 180 hours, a final evaluation is  to be completed by the agency supervisor.  This must be completed on the STUDENT EVALUATION FORM and included in your notebook.  Any support information, i. e., special project overview should be attached to this form.  The final assessment notebook shall be well-organized and contain all data not given to the instructor during observation sessions.

 

Instruction Observation Sessions  - Students will provide a schedule on each

2nd.Monday of month at 10:00 am of their work week.  This schedule must be faxed to me (304 - 876 - 5062).  The instructor will usually call to make arrangements for these observation sessions.  If the work schedule changes you  contact me at home (only in an emergency  & usually only SUMMER SCHOOL CLASS) at (304) 263 - 0325.

 

 


 

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FINAL PAPER and NOTEBOOK(200 points)

Due:  July 29, 2004 This paper is to be typed and must include the following:

          

           DENOTE:   If you do not complete your assignments by 6/15/04 you

 MUST contact your professor to justify getting an INCOMPLETE .  Should  an agreement between your work agency, agency supervisor and this professor be approved All approved incompletes must  be taken care of by:  December 1, 2004  to avoid getting a failing grade.

 

FINAL PAPER ABOUT AGENCY

DENOTE:     Each field experience will vary, however, each student should follow the general outline as provided below.  Additionally, you should begin gathering information for this paper after as soon as you get settled into your position and

begin working.  THIS FINAL PAPER AND NOTEBOOK SHOULD BE PROFESSIONALLY ORGANIZED  WITH DIVIDED SECTIONS  < T A B L E   OF  C O N T E N T S > CLEARLY FOLLOWING THIS OUTLINE AND A DETAILED SECTION  OF YOUR SPECIAL PROJECT (S), EXPANSION OF LOG SHEETS ( J O U R N A L ) EXPLAINING DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ON A DAILY BASES, etc.

           THIS NOTEBOOK MUST BE ORGANIZED IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER WITH ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION WHICH COULD ENHANCE YOUR FINAL GRADE.  FAILURE TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE NOTEBOOK WILL REQUIRE A LETTER CUT IN YOUR FINAL GRADE.

           Agency Overview:    In order to complete the requirements for RECR 350

field placement, I have  completed my 180 hours of work with the_________________

located in__________________________________.  The primary function of this agency

is to provide________________________________________________services relevant to

___________________________________________________________________________.

 

              Goals of the Agency Included:

                  A.  To develop ___________________________________________________.

 

                  B.   To provide ___________________________________________________.

 

                  C.   To implement programs relevant to _____________________________.

 

           DENOTE:  I DO NOT want you to fill-up your notebook with large numbers of agency policies  You will be responsible to summarize all important policies.


 

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           Agency Administrative Unit:

                Mission Statement - include who the agency serves, its purpose and function.

 

                Statement of Agency’s Philosophy - include the agency’s purpose, human-services approach, marketing strategies, preservationists approach, and summary of this agency’s philosophy.

 

           General Policies, Regulations and Procedures:

                State the functional procedures of your direct involvement; i.e., special events, operational regulations, etc.

 

           Financial Review:

                Give a general overview of the financial position of the agency, including the operating budget, sponsorship and support units, revenue sources, taxes, and

                the operational budget provided within your immediate programming area.

                Example:  The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission's

                budget is made up of several different revenue sources including:

                     1.  Jefferson County Commissioner Grantsmanship

                      2.  Jefferson County Hotel/Motel Tax Revenues

           Programming:

                Of course, this section will be a very important aspect of your final paper

           because you will summarize your total involvement in the programming

           procedures of the field experience.  Complete this assignment by keeping an

           outline of your program responsibilities.  Additionally, each of you must

            complete a SPECIAL PROJECT for the agency.  The special project overview

           should be attached to your final STUDENT EVALUATION FORM.

 

           Example of Programming:  As  a student completing my RECR 350 field experience with the

              ________________________ agency I completed a variety of activities and assignments given

 

              to me.  All of the duties I had were very beneficial to me in learning about what they do and

              what they were striving to give to the consumers.

             

              I worked as _____________________________________________________________________.

 

              In addition to basic ___________________skills, I learned how to______________________.

              For every program that we ran, we completed a very intense planning session including:

               ________________________________________________________________________________.

 

              One of my biggest responsibilities was to ___________________________________________

              Additionally, I completed my Special Project which included_________________________.

 

              In order to acquire a complete assessment of programming offerings by the agency ,I would

              __________________________________________________________________________________.

 


 

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           Critique/Assessment of Field Experience:

                State the benefits acquired from this field experience, the learning experiences, and what was leaned by working in this setting (staff), etc.

                                                                    

EVALUATION:

A total of 700 points can be judged/earned.  A 10% point grading scale will be used

for a letter grade (700 x 90% = 630 (A);  700 x 80% = 560 (B), etc.).  Students will be evaluated as to how well they function within the agency.  The supervisor and the

instructor will collaborate in determining each student’s final grade. It is very important for each student to acquire positive (above # 2 on most evaluation criteria) assessments for an outstanding grade.  Dismissal from the field placement would result in a failing grade.  THIS HAPPENED ONCE IN 1996.

 

Note:    It is the student's responsibility to advise their agency supervisor to mail or fax the evaluation forms as follows (Student should keen a hard copy for your notebook):

 

GROSS PROBLEMS RELATED TO STUDENT ACQUIRING POOR GRADE FOR THIS CLASS INCLUDE:

 

     1.     NOT FOLLOWING DEADLINES AS ESTABLISHED.

     2.     NOT SENDING CONTRACTS, AGENCY OVERVIEWS, GOALS

             and OBJECTIVES and LOG SHEETS ON A TIMELY MANNER.

     3.     OTHER PROBLEMS (Poor Supervisor Evaluations).

     4.     AGENCY EVALUATION NOT COMPLETED.

     5.     DEVELOPMENT OF POOR NOTEBOOK and FINAL PAPER

 

                     Mid-term Assessment   - After 90 hours of field work with the agency.

                     Final-term Assessment  - After completing all field work.                                               
Denote:  Mid-Term Assessment Due: 
AFTER 90 HOURS

Mail to:        Prof. David E. Fincham

                     P. O. Box 3210                                     

                     Shepherd College                                PHONE # ( 304 ) 876 - 5235

                     Shepherdstown, WV 25443                 FAX #         ( 304 ) 876 - 5062

FIELD PLACEMENT EVALUATION

       POINTS       GRADE                ITEM       COMMENT            DATE

          100                  _____      Signed Conract                ___________________  _______

            100                 _____      Overview/Goals/Obj.     ___________________  _______

            100                 _____      Time Cards/Comm.         ___________________  _______

            100                 _____       Record/Journaling          ___________________  _______

            100                 _____       Special Project                 ___________________  _______

            200                 _____       Final Paper/Notebook    ___________________  _______
          100             _____    Final Evaluation        _______________   ______
           700               _____    Semester Grade          ________    DATE:  ______