Taking leisure seriously: Adolescents’ pursuit of their most important and interesting leisure activities

Atara Sivan, Chiu Wan Tam, Gertrude Siu, Alex Chan, Robert Stebbins

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Abstract

Whereas schools are the most common educational settings worldwide, learning and personal growth can take place in other contexts outside the school system. One of these significant contexts is leisure. Characterized by relative freedom, fewer social constraints than other life domains, self-determination and intrinsic motivation, leisure has been identified as a major context for youth development.

This paper presents a study on adolescents’ choice and pursuit of their most important and interesting leisure activity. The Serious Leisure Inventory and Measure (SLIM) was distributed to 832 senior secondary school students from 10 secondary schools of different academic banding and geographically distributed around Hong Kong. In completing the questionnaire, students were asked to nominate leisure activity that they regard as most important and interesting. Data analysis revealed the popularity of sports and performance and fine arts activities in such nominations. Reasons for participation were mainly psychological. There were gender and school differences in relation to the activity choice and its underlying reasons. Difference were also found between students’ who scored high and those scoring low on the SLIM across gender, school banding, activity types, frequency and duration of activity participation, and reasons for activity choice. Results of the study revealed the existence of serious leisure among adolescents in Hong Kong and highlighted its potential for creating a lasting change in young people’s development. Implications are drawn for leisure education in schools and for expanding the studies on adolescents’ meaning making of their casual and serious leisure pursuits across different sociocultural settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2017 Official Conference Proceedings
PublisherThe International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
EventThe Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2017 Conference - Kobe, Japan
Duration: 26 Mar 201729 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameAsian Conference on Education & International Development official conference proceedings
PublisherThe International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
ISSN (Electronic)2189-101X

Conference

ConferenceThe Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2017 Conference
Period26/03/1729/03/17

User-Defined Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Serious Leisure
  • Secondary School
  • Education
  • Hong Kong

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