ERIC Number: ED168744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
The Serious Business of Growing Up: A Study of Children's Lives Outside of School.
Medrich, Elliott A.
Issues of daily life experience from a child's perspective were examined in the Spring 1976 as the Children's Time Study interviewed 764 preadolescents (aged 11-12) from Oakland, California and their mothers. The interviewers explored children's use of time outside the school by focusing on five domains of time use: (1) parent-child interactions; (2) television; (3) participation in organized activities; (4) household chores, responsibilities and obligations outside the home; and (5) children's activities outside the home. Representing 22 public schools, respondents were predominantly non-white (457 Blacks, 35 Mexican Americans, 70 Orientals) well distributed along the low, middle and high socioeconomic status stratums, and clearly resembled the public school population found in most big city schools today. To date, the data collection, editing, coding, cleaning of the basic data, and a followup verification study have been completed. In addition to citing past research and other background information concerning children's use of time, this document describes the research strategy and methodology utilized in the study, the analytical framework, the study setting, sample population characteristics, sample design and objectives, field work methods, and preliminary field results. (DS)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Asian Americans, Blacks, Childhood Interests, Children, Ethnic Groups, Evaluation Methods, Field Studies, Housework, Leisure Time, Mexican Americans, Neighborhoods, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Research Methodology, Socioeconomic Status, Surveys, Television Viewing, Time
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.