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Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular ActivitiesIN A COMPETATIVE SOCIETY

The Price of COMPETIOTONMultiple studies identified the beneficial effects of extracurricular activities on students Teachers and parents encourage students to become involvedCollege requires involvement Does more involvement better your chance of college acceptance?

Competitive Futures70-80% of all students are involved in some kind of extracurricular activityAdolescents who subsequently participated more than once a week in positive activities during their 11th grade year were approximately twice as likely to graduate high school and enroll in college than those students who werent involved

Why did you become involved?Involvement in extracurricular activities will academically benefit a student and increase social skillsStudents involved in more than one activity outside the curriculum excelStudents are less likely to drop out of school if they are involved in extracurricular activities

Parental InfluenceDo you believe you would have become involved or continued involvement in extracurricular activities if your parents expressed negative feelings towards them?

Parental InfluenceParents are most responsible for the interest and values their children develop. Children were positively influenced by the stories and activities their parents pursue. Parents verbal reactions can leave a child with a feeling of constraintParents tend to control childrens activities based on their preconceived value and worthiness thus parents influence the activities in which children do not participate as well.6 Benefits of Extracurricular AvtivitiesPhysical DevelopmentWhen children participate in sports and outdoor activities, they get good exercise and learn life-long habits of keeping mentally and physically fit. By doing so children are learning how to develop a healthy life style.

6 benefitsCreativityMany activities can aid in the development of creativity and problem-solving skills. Obvious choices are music, and performing arts, but sports and collecting can teach problem-solving skills as well. Students should be involved in activities that encourage their natural curiosity and interests.

6 benefitsStress ReliefMany activities take place in a relaxing environment or promote healthy methods for dealing with stress. In an increasingly complex and pressure-oriented world, students are able to perform better when they have healthy ways to deal with stress.

6 benefitsSelf-ConfidenceWhen students learn new skills and engage in social activities, they become more self-confident. Extracurricular activities teach them cooperation, negotiation, and conflict resolutions in a fun and relaxed environment.

6 benefitsTeam Spirit and CamaraderieTeam sports require students to work together to achieve a common goal and remove the focus from the individual to the team. Time ManagementMany activities emphasize the importance of time. This teaches astudent how to juggle school, homework, family life, and their after-school activities as well and learn the importance of priorities and planning.

Could they be negative?Those not accepted develop lower self esteem and interest in schoolProcess of auditioning: continuous self doubt, nervousness, decline in academic focus, increased devotions to the auditionAnnouncement of the outcome creates winners and losersUnsuccessful applicants feelings about themselves and connections to their school significantly decrease, progressed towards a lower level and more likely to skip school within the first week after announcements were made for a minimum of two month after the announcement

ReferencesBarnett, L. A. (2007). "Winners" and "Losers": The Effects of Being Allowed or Denied Entry into Competitive Extracurricular Activities. Journal of Leisure Research, 39(2), 316-344. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.Davidson, Charles. "Six Benefits of After-School Activities, Page 2 of 2." Associated Content from Yahoo! - Associatedcontent.com. Web. 19 Feb. 2011. .Peck, S. C., Roeser, R. W., Zarrett, N., & Eccles, J. S. (2008). Exploring the Roles of Extracurricular Activity Quantity and Quality in the Educational Resilience of Vulnerable Adolescents: Variable- and Pattern-Centered Approaches. Journal of Social Issues, 64(1), 135-156. doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.2008.00552.xShannon C. Parents' Messages about the Role of Extracurricular and Unstructured Leisure Activities: Adolescents' Perceptions. Journal of Leisure Research [serial online]. 2006 3rd Quarter 2006;38(3):398-420. Available from: Academic Search Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed February 19, 2011.

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