ERIC Number: ED341513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Home Activities of 3- to 8-Year-Olds. Statistics in Brief.
West, Jerry; And Others
Information on children's activities in the home with other family members was collected in the 1991 National Household Education Survey. The premise of the survey was that readiness for school may be affected by experiences that children bring with them to the classroom. Data were collected by telephone from the parents and guardians of 13,892 children of 3 to 8 years between February and April of 1991. The overall response rate was 76.3 percent. Topics surveyed included reading, television viewing and related family rules, and the frequency of a variety of activities that take place in the home. Activities were chosen because of their close relationship to a child's preparation for learning in school. It was found that family members read to 35 percent of 3- to 8-year-olds on a daily basis, and only 7 percent of children of this age are never read to or are read to infrequently. Children not enrolled in school watch an average of 3.1 hours of television or videotapes each day. Those in nursery school watch 2.6 hours per day, and those in primary grades watch about 2.2 hours per day. More children have restrictions on the types of television shows they may watch (85 percent) than on the number of hours they may watch on weekdays (60 percent) and on the total number of television viewing hours (56 percent). (LB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Family Rules; National Household Education Survey