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Introduction

ByAtara Sivan, Robert A. Stebbins

This chapter examines the views of Hong Kong secondary school students regarding leisure education in their schools. Data were collected through questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. Few studies have been conducted to identify existing leisure education practices in schools and to solicit stakeholders' attitudes towards these practices. Three strategies of school practice were identified in students' responses, representing the different ways through which schools affected students' leisure. The first perceived strategy of school practice was described as 'constraining'. The second and third perceived strategies of school practice were portrayed as 'enabling and facilitating' and 'advocating and fostering'. The different strategies for implementing leisure education identified in the chapter were found to have positive effects on students' behaviour and attitudes toward leisure, could lay the foundation for further study in Hong Kong schools. The use of both quantitative and qualitative approaches has helped to better understand students' views regarding leisure education and highlight the effects of different school practices on students' leisure.