ERIC Number: EJ708796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-1
Reference Count: 26
Undergraduate Student Leisure Interests over Three Decades
Hendel, Darwin D.; Harrold, Roger D.
College Student Journal, v38 n4 p557 Dec 2004
The last three decades of the 1900s was a time in which dramatic changes occurred in the enrollments and corresponding attitudes of students enrolled in colleges and universities. Although considerable data exist on the activities and interests of students as they enter college (Astin, 1998), less is known about how the leisure interests of college students have changed in the last three decades. The present study describes the changing leisure activities of undergraduates enrolled at a large research university in the Midwest at five-year intervals beginning in 1971. Survey data were obtained from a total of 3,454 undergraduates, with response rates ranging from 67 percent to 91 percent. Results of one-way analyses of variance for the 33 leisure interest items included on two or more administrations of the survey indicated statistically significant differences across years for 26 of the items. The largest decreases were for three reading-related activities, whereas the most dramatic recent changes were increases in electronically based activities. Implications for colleges and universities are discussed.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Interests, Student Attitudes, Leisure Time, Recreational Reading, Recreational Activities, News Media
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States