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Subjective meaning of time in different developmental stages

Ina Papić (2014) Subjective meaning of time in different developmental stages. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    The topic of the thesis is subjective perception of time in different developmental stages. In the theoretical part the concept of time is defined from different perspectives. We already know a lot about time from the scientific perspective, but the main problem of the thesis is the experiential time, which is relative from individual to individual, since it concerns his subjective perception of time. Experiential time is influenced by many factors, among others by cognitive processes and cognitive development. In the theory it is explained, why time in certain situations runs slow or fast and why it seems like it runs faster in older age. Because the concept of time originates from the culture, which we live in, the impact of culture on subjective perception of time and some astonishing differences in time perception in some more distant cultures are also described. In the empirical part are stated analyses of the curriculums of the school subjects at the primary level, which are in any way linked with time, since the child develops the sense for time through these contents and consequently limits himself within the western concept of time, which influences his subjective perception of time. But the main part of the research presents differences and similarities in the subjective perception of time in different developmental stages. Semi-structured interviews were carried out on individuals in developmental stages ranging from the middle and late childhood to late adolescence. They provided a deeper insight into the individual’s subjective perception of time. It showed that differences in the perception of time are related with the age of the participants. Time runs faster with the age of the questioned; the younger ones are the most future-oriented and the older ones a little less. Boredom is also a state, mostly present in the younger ones. From the semi-structured interviews it is clear that time runs faster with more pleasant events for all the questioned, regardless the developmental stage, and slower with less pleasant events, related with pain or waiting.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: time, subjective meaning of time, childhood, adolescence, adulthood
    Number of Pages: 93
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Marjanca Pergar KuščerMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10024265)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2096
    Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 13:36
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 13:36
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2096

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