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An exploration of high school co-curricular activities


2012 2012

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Abstract (summary)

Previous research demonstrates that there is a small but statistically significant positive relationship between academic success and involvement in school based co-curricular activities. This qualitative research study focuses on college sophomore's reflections on their experiences in high school and specifically their descriptions of their school-based co-curricular activities. The study seeks to explore possible reasons why a relationship exists between co-curricular involvement in high school and academic success and why some activities might be more effective than others in supporting positive academic outcomes.

This dissertation research begins with a short survey to identify students who were involved in multiple student activities in high school that collectively required at least 10 or more hours a week of the student's time. The study then involves phenomenological interviews of these highly involved students. Upon completion of the interviews, the data were analyzed using two frameworks that exist at the intersection of ecological systems theory and person-environmental fit theory: Eccles and Gootman's (2002) framework of eight features of positive development and Hansen and Larson's (2007) framework of four amplifiers of positive development. Results from this study suggest that the activity leader's passion and job performance, the structure of the activity, and the relationships built within the activity might have the largest influence in creating positive developmental experiences. These results also suggest that the likelihood of a positive experience may be unrelated to the adult to student ratio.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational leadership;
Performing Arts;
Secondary education
Classification
0449: Educational leadership
0457: Performing Arts
0533: Secondary education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Arts; Athletics; Cocurricular activities; Extracurricular; High school; Policy
Title
An exploration of high school co-curricular activities
Author
Coffman, Nathaniel W.
Number of pages
153
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 74/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267679833
Advisor
May, Henry
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3530061
ProQuest document ID
1112260796
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/1112260796
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