ERIC Number: ED165531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Student Recreation: A Comparison of Commuter and Resident Students. Research Report No. 4-77.
Foster, Margaret E.; And Others
Information about the needs, interests, and use of recreational facilities was obtained from 407 undergraduate students from the University of Maryland. Responses to a 15-item telephone survey were received from 90 percent of a stratified, random sample of 450 students. There were 154 residents, 160 dependent commuters, and 93 independent commuters. Residents included those living in residence halls and fraternities and sororities, dependent commuters living with relatives, and independent commuters living alone, with a spouse, or friend. Eleven of the 15 items significantly discriminated among at least two of the three groups. Eight of the 11 significant differences were between the commuters generally and the residents. One interesting difference between types of commuters was that resident and independent commuters were more likely to spend their leisure time at their place of residence than were dependent commuters, but residents and dependent commuters were more likely to be satisfied with campus recreational facilities than independent commuters. Residents, as compared to commuters, engaged in nearly twice as many recreational activities during the school year, preferred participant to spectator sports, and were more informed about campus recreational opportunities when they first enrolled. Information is presented on types of recreation engaged in and proposed for the campus. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Commuting Students, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Needs Assessment, On Campus Students, Recreational Activities, Recreational Facilities, Research Projects, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Undergraduate Students, Use Studies
Counseling Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.