Date Approved

5-1-2002

Embargo Period

5-17-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

High schools; Student activities

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

Participation in extracurricular activities is associated with higher educational aspirations and expectations, higher levels of academic achievement, higher levels of self-esteem and a lower likelihood of dropping out of high school. There is extensive research documenting the value of extracurricular activities.

The primary purpose of this study was to write a descriptive analysis of the patterns of participation in high school extracurricular activities among the various ethnic groups. The secondary purpose of this study was to examine patterns among each ethnic group and each extracurricular activity. The patterns of participation were examined in 10 High Schools. Participants of each activity were identified as African American, Asian, Caucasian, Indian or Latino.

The percentage of participation was identified for each ethnic group. The results indicate that the ethnic groups studied do not participate equally in extracurricular activities. The results also reveal patterns within each ethnic group and extracurricular activity.

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