Date Approved

5-9-2000

Embargo Period

6-24-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

High school student activities; Learning disabled teenagers--Education; School sports

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The difference in academic achievement of students eligible for special education services who are involved in extra-curricular activities and those not involved was studied. Academic achievement referred to the report card grades and semester grade point averages of the students. Extra-curricular activities included those associated with the high school. The purpose of the study was to identify the differences in academic achievement between these two groups of students.

There were 193 subjects from a suburban high school in Southern New Jersey. The sample was from varying ethnic and economic backgrounds. They were eligible for special services under 8 different classifications, and their program type ranged from fully mainstreamed to self-contained classes. A Pearson Correlation was used to analyze the data.

Semester grade point averages were compared for students eligible for special education services who were involved in extra-curricular activities and those not involved. The analysis showed that the correlation between involvement and grade point averages was significant. In this study, students who are involved in extra-curricular activities had higher academic achievement than those not involved.

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