Preferences in Joining Extra Curricular Activities and Its Relationship to the Academic Performance

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PREFERENCES IN JOINING EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO THE ACADEMIC PERFORMNCE OF THE FIRST YEAR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS

In Partial Fulfillment of the Subject English 2

By:
Constantino, Monette
Lagasca, Jorenda Joyce
Mizal, Ma. Janeal
Montillana, Janine Mae
Munez, Alleanna
Pielago, Minda

March 2011

CHAPTER I
THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND

Introduction

Extracurricular activities are activities performed by students that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school or university education. Extracurricular activities exist at all levels of education, from 4th-6th, junior high/high school, college and university education. Such activities are generally voluntary as opposed to mandatory, non-paying, social, philanthropic as opposed to scholastic, and involve others of the same age. Students often organize and direct these activities under faculty sponsorship, although student-led initiatives, such as independent newspapers, are common.

The extra curriculum made its first appearance in American colleges in the nineteenth century. It complemented the curriculum as much as subverted it. The students found in it a kind of laboratory for practical and vocational interests. The first extracurricular activities were student literary societies (which had roots in the previous century at Harvard and Yale), debate clubs, and by mid-century, Greek letter fraternities and sororities. Students also initiated and organized the early athletic programs on American college campuses. Literary societies were on the decline by the turn of the twentieth century, and some educators felt that less desirable extracurricular activities were now distracting students from their curricular responsibilities. Intercollegiate athletics soon became the dominant element in the extra curriculum in most American colleges and high schools.

Such activities as school newspaper and interschool sports programs have been part of American high schools since the World War I era. Today’s public high schools offer a comprehensive array of extracurricular activities to complement the curriculum.

Activities that often involve some time commitment outside of the regular school day, such as band and choir, are also considered extracurricular activities.  
Companies seeking job applicants may not look solely for those with a high GPA; employers might also look at extracurricular activities to determine if the applicant is the best suited for the job.  

Statement of the Problem

This research mainly tackled the "Preferences in Joining Extra Curricular Activity and its Relationship to the Academic Performance of First Year Medical Technology Students". Also, it showed the relationship between extracurricular activities and student achievement. The study was designed to determine if there was a significant difference in grade point average between students involved in extracurricular activities and students not involved in extracurricular activities.  

Hypothesis
▪ Gaining of interests can help develop the skills of students in joining the extracurricular activities. ▪ Students who participated or engaged in extracurricular activities are more likely to have higher grades. ▪ There is a direct relation between student's success and extracurricular activities in academic grades. ▪ The academic performance of college students is influenced by their choice of extracurricular activities. ▪ Relevance to interests is the most important thing to consider in choosing extracurricular activity. ▪ Irrelevance to interests is the main factor that greatly affects the students' decision not to involve themselves with such kind of activities in school.  

Significance of the Study

 This research aims to find out the Preferences in Joining Extra Curricular Activity and its Relationship to the Academic Performance of First...
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