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Does Participation in Extracurricular Activities Increase Test Scores?

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Material Information

Title: Does Participation in Extracurricular Activities Increase Test Scores?
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Swartz, Mary Elizabeth
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2006
Publication Date: 2006

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Education
Sociology of Education
Extracurricular Activities
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This research focuses on the relationship between participation in certain extracurricular activities (cheerleading, music/drama, student government, newspaper/yearbook, interscholastic team sports, interscholastic individual sports, intramural team sports, and intramural individual sports) and certain standardized test scores (reading, math, science, history, and the sum of these scores). I look at participation frequencies in each extracurricular activity. I divide these participation frequencies by gender, race, and class. I investigate how participation in these activities relates to standardized scores controlling for race, class, sex, and school level variables. I then study if and how this relationship may vary with the socioeconomic status of the student. This research differs from much of previous research in that I do the following. I use standardized test scores rather than grades to measure academic achievement. I look at extracurricular activities separately and at non-sports extracurricular activities. I take the research one step further and look at whether and how this relationship changes with the socioeconomic status of the student. I find that participation rates vary by class, race, and gender. The relationship between participation in extracurricular activities and academic achievement depends on both the extracurricular activity students are participating in and the way in which academic achievement is measured. I discover that participation in music/drama, student government, newspaper/yearbook, and interscholastic individual sports is associated with higher scores in some of the subject areas. Participation in cheerleading and intramural sports corresponds with lower scores in some of the subject areas. In some cases, again depending on the extracurricular activity and the means by which one measures academic achievement, differences between participants and non-participants� test scores vary by the socioeconomic status of the students.
Statement of Responsibility: by Mary Elizabeth Swartz
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2006
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hernandez, Sarah

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2006 S97
System ID: NCFE003716:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003716/00001

Material Information

Title: Does Participation in Extracurricular Activities Increase Test Scores?
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Swartz, Mary Elizabeth
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2006
Publication Date: 2006

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Education
Sociology of Education
Extracurricular Activities
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This research focuses on the relationship between participation in certain extracurricular activities (cheerleading, music/drama, student government, newspaper/yearbook, interscholastic team sports, interscholastic individual sports, intramural team sports, and intramural individual sports) and certain standardized test scores (reading, math, science, history, and the sum of these scores). I look at participation frequencies in each extracurricular activity. I divide these participation frequencies by gender, race, and class. I investigate how participation in these activities relates to standardized scores controlling for race, class, sex, and school level variables. I then study if and how this relationship may vary with the socioeconomic status of the student. This research differs from much of previous research in that I do the following. I use standardized test scores rather than grades to measure academic achievement. I look at extracurricular activities separately and at non-sports extracurricular activities. I take the research one step further and look at whether and how this relationship changes with the socioeconomic status of the student. I find that participation rates vary by class, race, and gender. The relationship between participation in extracurricular activities and academic achievement depends on both the extracurricular activity students are participating in and the way in which academic achievement is measured. I discover that participation in music/drama, student government, newspaper/yearbook, and interscholastic individual sports is associated with higher scores in some of the subject areas. Participation in cheerleading and intramural sports corresponds with lower scores in some of the subject areas. In some cases, again depending on the extracurricular activity and the means by which one measures academic achievement, differences between participants and non-participants� test scores vary by the socioeconomic status of the students.
Statement of Responsibility: by Mary Elizabeth Swartz
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2006
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hernandez, Sarah

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2006 S97
System ID: NCFE003716:00001

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