ERIC Number: ED054475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Children's Use of Time; Some Personal and Social Correlations.
Long, Barbara H.; Henderson, Edmund H.
The major interest of this study is the amount of time children spend reading. Data was gathered unobtrusively by having the 150 5th grade subjects keep time records of all their activities for a 2 week period. These were coded into 7 categories and scores were related to those derived from tests of ability, achievement, self-concept and reading attitudes, as well as to the sex, family position, and socioeconomic background of each child. The 7 categories into which children's time usage was coded were: (1) sleep; (2) reading; (3) homework; (4) TV; (5) chores; (6) organized activity; and (7) free play. Two prominent findings are that children spend the largest amount of time watching television and relatively rarely do they read. In general, analyses show significant relations between time scores and sex, socioeconomic status, family size, self-concept, IQ, and reading attitude scores. The authors caution that all analyses are correlational, however, and preclude causal interpretations. (Author/TL)
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Authoring Institution: Goucher Coll., Baltimore, MD.; Virginia Univ., Charlottesville.