ERIC Number: ED333776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
A Profile of the Real World of Undergraduate Students and How They Spend Discretionary Time.
Wade, Barbara K.
This study examined how students at Pennsylvania State University chose to spend their discretionary time outside the structured classroom. A sample of 367 students (a 73% response) completed surveys (62% were from males) containing 19 questions classified in non-academic and academic categories. The three academic questions focused on amounts of time related to number of credits, amount of time dedicated to study, and number of hours spent at the library. The sixteen non-academic questions focused on time related to employment, religious service, volunteer activities, intramural sports, shopping, personal care, talking with friends, dating, cultural events, and time away from the university community. Among the results were the following: (1) 82% of the students reported spending twenty or fewer hours per week on study; (2) 25% of the students spent no time in the library; (3) males tended to enroll for more credits than females; (4) 47% reported watching television five or fewer hours per week and 15% watched no television; (5) 43% worked, and 86% of those reported working 20 or fewer hours per week; (6) 39% participated in intramural sports with 66% spending two or fewer hours per week in intramural sports; and (7) 38% spent one to three hours per week dating. Contains 28 references and 21 tables. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 1991).