Academic Performance

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 515
  • Published : May 4, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
THE EFFECT OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ON ACADEM lC ACHIEVEMENT

A Thesis Presented to the School of Education Drake University

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Specialist of Education

by James W. O'Dea May 1994

THE EFFECT OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTlVlTlES ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

by James W. O'Dea May 1994

Approved by Cornmitt*:

Advisor

V

Richard Schwab, ~ h . 6 Dean of the School of Education

THE EFFECT OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTlVlTlES ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT An abstract of a Thesis by James W. O'Dea May 1994 Drake University Advisor: Michael Johnson The problem. Is there a difference in the grade point average between students who participate in extracurricular activities and those who do not participate? Procedure. Four hundred twenty-four seniors at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa made up the study group. Each senior completed the Fall Senior Information Sheet which gathered information about their participation in extracurricular activities. The grade point averages were obtained from office records. Specific criteria were developed to establish a group of involved students and a group of those not involved in extracurricular activities. The difference between groups was statistically analyzed using a ttest. Findinas. The probability of the t-test was less than 0.000499. A significance level of 0.01 was established for this study. Condusions. 'There is a significant difference between the grade point averages of those involved in extracurricular activities and those not involved in extracurricuiar activities. Additional research is recommended to determine if Recorr~mendations. extracurricular activities have an effect on such variables as attendance, discipline, school size, and self-esteem. Do the types of activities have an effect on GPA? A study of the effects that withdrawal from extracurricular activities has on the previously mentioned factors could be interesting.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page List of Tables .................................................................................. vi Chapter

1.

Introduction ................................................................ I Statement of the Problem................................2 Significance of the Study ............................................ 3

2.

Review of Literature ................................................... 4 Criteria for Selection of Articles ..................................4 Results ....................................................................... 5 Threats to Internal Validity .....................................

I1

Conclusions .............................................................. 11 Research Limitations................................................ 14 Summary .................................................................. 15 Procedures ............................................................... 1 6 Population and Sample ............................................1 6 Instrumentation......................................................... 17 Definition of Terms ................................................... 17 Statistical Hypotheses .............................................. 18 Treatment of Data .................................................... 8 Analysis of the Data ................................................. 20 Introduction ............................................................. -20 Results ..................................................................... 20

5.

Surnmary.Concluslons. and Recornmendatttions ...................................................26 Procedure................................................................. 26 Conclusions..............................................................26 Recommendations for Further Research ..................................................................27

References Appendices A....
tracking img