Title

The Impact of Extracurricular Activity Participation on Student Academics and Connectedness

Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2022

Document Type

Project Abstract (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Kathy Enger, Michael Coquyt

Keywords

school connectedness, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, sense of belonging, extracurricular participation

Abstract

Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, education was pushed in multiple directions resulting in varied levels of student learning and forced isolation. This took its toll on school staff, parents, and students. In the aftermath, schools have tried to reclaim what was lost and urgency was placed on the emotional well-being and connectedness of students across America. Educators’ ability to build relationships and recognize student needs is important to help them be successful in school and this process can be facilitated through extracurricular activities. The purpose of this study was intended to explore the connection between participation in extracurricular activities, feelings of school connectedness, and academic success. In previous studies, extracurricular activities have been shown to increase student achievement, but the researchers wondered if they also promote a greater feeling of connectedness to school.

Keywords: school connectedness, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, sense of belonging, extracurricular participation

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