ERIC Number: ED241512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Teaching, an Alternative to Leisure: Ozark Case Studies of Mid-Life Retirees.
Bell, David; Reed, Stan
This document identifies characteristics and patterns of characteristics of those who have leisure as a mid-life option. A comparison was made between individuals electing to pursue leisure and those electing to enter teaching at this life stage. Results of structured interviews, statistical results, and an analysis of a life satisfaction scale are given. In comparisons of teachers with those electing leisure, significant differences were observed in four categories: importance of religion, importance of television, importance of new experiences, and importance of sexual relationships. Leisure advocates' values were higher only in the television category. In the secondary comparisons (males/females), three significant differences were observed: importance of non-work activities, importance of literature, and importance of the outdoors. Males leaned toward the importance of the outdoors. The results of the life satisfaction scale found no significant differences in comparisons between teachers/leisure, males/females, female teachers/male teachers, and leisure females/leisure males. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Transitions to Leisure Conference (St. Petersburg, FL, January 25-27, 1984).