RLS 33200: Research Methods


Blankenship, D. (2010). Applied research and evaluation methods in recreation. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Vaske, J. J. (2008). Survey research and analysis: Applications in parks, recreation and human dimensions. State College, Pa: Venture Pub.
-- Great chapter on creating and implementing surveys.

Mitra, A. (2011). Needs assessment: A systematic approach to data collection. Urbana: Sagamore Publishing.
-- How to collect data from citizens for the recreation professional. 


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