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ERIC Number: ED292959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Pages: 11
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Adolescents'"Meaning" of Leisure.
Callaway, Rolland
A study examined the attitudes of high school students toward various leisure activities. The study population consisted of 85 students attending a large, desegregated midwestern high school. Study participants were asked to rate each of 18 activities with respect to the following four sets of adjectives on a four-point scale: good/bad, impossible/possible interesting/boring, and low-class/high-class. On the good/bad scale, socializing, shopping, and traveling ranked highest, whereas nature, watching sports on television, and arts and crafts ranked lowest. The idea of shopping combined with socializing was a particularly popular combination. For many of the respondents, sleep was considered bad, boring, and low-class. On the interesting/boring scale, socializing, traveling, movies, and shopping were viewed as most interesting whereas nature, sleep, and watching sports on television were viewed as boring. Nature, arts and crafts, and sleep were deemed low class, whereas travel, socializing, and attending music events were considered high-class. Higher percentages of males gave good ratings to watching sports on television, attending musical activities, and working part time. More females felt that part-time work and musical activities were impossible. More males found doing nothing, further education, and arts and crafts low-class. When administered the same survey, a sample of 126 K-12 teachers ranked reading second (the students ranked it 10th). Teachers also ranked shopping and TV viewing much lower than did students. Other differences were apparent in the way teachers ranked items on the impossible/possible, interesting/boring, and low-class/high-class scales. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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