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ERIC Number: EJ777129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
What Do They Usually Do after School?: A Comparative Analysis of Fourth-Grade Children in Bulgaria, Taiwan, and the United States
Newman, Joan; Bidjerano, Temi; Ozdogru, Asil Ali; Kao, Chin-Cheng; Ozkose-Biyik, Cagri; Johnson, John J.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v27 n4 p431-456 2007
The activities and self-direction allowed after school provide children in different countries with distinct developmental opportunities that promote culturally valued orientations and outcomes. Fourth-grade children in Bulgaria, Taiwan, and the United States (countries with contrasting social values and expectations) reported their usual activities during each after-school hour on 2 weekdays and 1 weekend day. The children also reported whether the activities were self-chosen or chosen by an adult. There were considerable differences in the reported activity patterns, with particular contrast between the American and the Taiwanese children. Compared to American children, Taiwanese reported spending more time in academic and extracurricular pursuits and less time in playing, reading for fun, in sports, or in self-chosen activities. There was substantial agreement in the gender-based participation differences across countries. Girls reported less time spent in free play or computer games and more time in reading, extracurricular activities, routines, and adult-chosen activities. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Bulgaria; Taiwan; United States