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, Cracow
2The Podhale State Vocational School of Higher Education, Nowy Targ, Poland, Nowy Targ
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