Extracurricular participation and favorable academic outcomes : a correlational study comparing the relationship for students with and without educational disabilities
Reiser, Jeffrey A., Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia
Reeve, Ronald, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Thomas, Antoinette, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Konold, Timothy, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
This study examines the predictive value of school-based extracurricular activity participation for academic engagement, attendance, attitude towards school, school connectedness, and educational aspirations, with particular emphasis on this relationship for students with educational disabilities. The results indicated extracurricular involvement as associated with a significant percentage of the variance and as significantly improving the strength of prediction for all 5 outcome variables beyond the predictive strength of socioeconomic status. Results suggest increased extracurricular involvement predicts more favorable outcomes for each of the 5 outcome variables examined. However, this prediction was stronger for students with educational disabilities than for their non-disabled peers on only attitude towards school, school connectedness, and educational aspirations.
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