Capstone/Dissertation Title

Analyzing How Involvement in Extra Curricular Activities Impacts Student Achievement

Term

Spring 5-11-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Shelley A. Orr

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Michael Cassano

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Tracy Cassano

Abstract

The research question addressed is how involvement in extra curricular activities impact student achievement. The motivating factor was my personal experiences addressing the notion of athletes traditionally being stereotyped as below average students. This capstone details the correlation between students who are involved in extra curricular activities and students who are not involved in extra curricular activities and their academic success. Key influences were personal experiences with my friends in school and my professional observations as an educator. The method of study included administrating a quantitative research model survey that allowed me to discern a correlation between students involved in extra curricular activities and involvement impacted their academics. The results showed that students who were involved in extra curricular activities were more likely to be enrolled in honors courses and had a higher average GPA.

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