Jason Hanline1 & Joshua Cuevas2
1University of North Georgia, United States of America
2University of North Georgia, United States of America
Abstract: Participation in supervised school-sanctioned extracurricular activities (EA) can benefit students through supportive adult role models, positive school associations and connectedness, and sense of purpose. Evidence regarding the benefits of participating in EA is abundant, and students who participate generally show higher levels of academic achievement, a more positive level of socialization, fewer behavioural incidents, a stronger sense of identity with their school, and will be more likely to continue with a post-secondary education. This study sought to examine relationships between participation in EA and academic achievement, intention to pursue post-secondary education, school climate and connectedness, peer and adult social support, cultural acceptance, and future for employment. A survey was administered to 162 high school seniors. Results indicated that there were several significant relationships between the variables and data suggest that students benefitted in a variety of ways from participation in EA.
Keywords: Extracurricular Activities, Participation, Academic Achievement, School Connectedness, Post-Secondary Education
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