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Time use attitudes (TUA) of students is an important, but often neglected variable that can assist teachers in their understanding of student classroom behavior. This study empirically examines( time use attitudes for a group of 353 elementary and secondary school students. Using factor analytic techniques, four major constructs or dimensions to student attitudes towards time were extracted. These constructs included views of time that might be considered as Instinctive – (time use as dictated by the moment or instincts), Traditional (time use as dictated by market or economic forces) and Integrated – (time use as dictated by feelings and combinations of all three). The finding that students present themselves in classrooms with heterogeneous perceptions of time, while the school organization operates within a homogeneous (Traditional) view of time, presents special problems for students. The study strongly suggests that teachers and administrators, become more aware of the differences in time use attitudes of students when designing instructional strategies and developing curriculum. Important school policies dealing with issues such as school dropouts, vandalism, truancy, and year round schools could also be based upon a consideration of how students view time.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1987.15.1.1

Publication date: January 1, 1987

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