The effect of quality, quantity and interpretive diversity on program attendance in Indiana state parks

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dc.contributor.advisor Mortensen, Charles O. en_US Price, Kari L. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US 2011-06-03T19:35:43Z 2011-06-03T19:35:43Z 1991 en_US 1991
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1991 .P75 en_US
dc.description.abstract Interpretation in both national and state parks provides more than mere entertainment to the visitor. Interpretation has been proven to be an effective deterrent to littering, vandalism and the deterioration of natural park resources. The focus of this research is to determine whether high quality programs, a large number of programs, and/or a diversity of programs offered by Indiana state parks attract a higher percentage of the total number of visitors entering a park facility to an interpretative event.The subjects need in this research were the state parks of Indiana. Data was obtained from a weekly form (SP-48) used by the Indiana parks. SP-48 forms from 1987 through 1990, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, were used: the total number of programs incorporated into this study was 20,595. The parks were divided into categories (all parks, year-round parks, and seasonal parks) and groups (high, medium and low number of facilities) to provide a similar statistical grouping for analysis.The factors studied were paired and regression analysis were performed on each pairing. Correlation coefficients indicated that an increase in the quantity of programs offered was highly correlated (p<001) to an increase in the percent of gate entrants participating in an interpretive event. Presentation diversity was significantly related to either of the above variables.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Natural Resources
dc.format.extent iv, 42 leaves : forms ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Parks -- Interpretive programs -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Parks -- Vandalism -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Parks -- Interpretive programs. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Parks -- Vandalism. en_US
dc.title The effect of quality, quantity and interpretive diversity on program attendance in Indiana state parks en_US Thesis (M.S.)
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    Master's theses submitted to the Graduate School by Ball State University master's degree candidates in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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