ERIC Number: ED205928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Reading of Older Americans Who View Learning as a Lifelong Activity.
Ngandu, Kathleen M.
A study examined the reading behavior of 101 older adults enrolled in a summer "elderhostel" program offered by a small eastern college. Each subject responded to a questionnaire concerning reading habits, interests, attitudes, and motivations. Results showed that the older adults had a wide range of reading interests, including mysteries, biographies, and histories. Newspapers were the most popular reading materials, followed by magazines and books. The older adults were also found to be frequent users of libraries, with 74% citing libraries as their main source of reading materials. Reading activities occupied 2.5 hours of an average day for the subjects, while their television viewing time averaged 2.4 hours. The subjects' greatest motivations for reading were enjoyment and gathering information. Poor eyesight was not found to be a significant factor for those who did not read often. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hood Coll., Frederick, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A