2011, Volume 7, Issue 2
Acceptance and Areas of Involvement of Students of Tourism and Recreation in EKO- AGRO-FITNESS© Programme
Danuta Żiżka-Salamon1, Bartłomiej Gąsienica-Walczak2
1Faculty of Tourism and Leisure, the University School of Physical Education in Cracow, Cracow, Poland
2The Podhale State Vocational School of Higher Education, Nowy Targ, Poland
Author for correspondence: Danuta Żiżka-Salamon; Faculty of Tourism and Leisure, the University School of Physical Education in Cracow, Cracow, Poland; email: danutazizka[at]poczta.onet.pl
Background and Study Aim: E-A-F is an educational programme which is an alternative to the process of physical education, but it also provides a content-related background for the contemporarily understood and promoted concept of recreation and health tourism. The aim of the study is to answer the three questions: (1) are professional qualifications within the framework of E-A-F an attractive educational offer for students of tourism and recreation majors? (2) Which specializations of E-A-F leader are preferred by the respondents? (3) Do students of tourism and recreation university majors consider E-A-F as an attractive product of health education for mountain regions and other regions in Poland?
Material and Methods: The survey included 74 students from the third year of the tourism and recreation university major (20 men and 14 women, extramural studies; 20 men and 20 women, full-time studies) of first-cycle studies in The Podhale State Vocational School of Higher Education, Nowy Targ, Poland. Average age of full-time students was 21.34 years, whereas this value for extramural students was 25.42 years. An anonymous questionnaire was used in the own survey.
Results: Qualifications connected with E-A-F are an attractive offer for obtaining new professional competencies to 76% of the students. The most of the students (52%) declared that they will cope with the methodology of sport training, whereas 12% of them are interested in the profession of injury prevention manager. The option of specializing in the methods of health-related training was more often declared by men (53%) compared to women (26%). The most of the students responded that E-A-F programme stands the chances to be implemented, both in Tatra County (81%) and throughout the whole Poland (85%).
Conclusions: There is empirical rationale behind the presumption that E-A-F will attract students’ interest, especially as a concept of coaching leaders of health-related training and injury prevention, which opens up opportunities for getting an attractive professional profile.
Key words: complementary health-related training, educational standards, effort safety, injury prevention, motor safety