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Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities encompass a broad range of organized adult-sanctioned activities that fall outside the scope of the regular curriculum and usually occur during the after-school hours. They can be sponsored by either the school or the community, though most research has focused on school-based extracurricular contexts. They include such diverse contexts as sports, drama, student government, math clubs, and service activities. Despite the differences in focus, extracurricular activities share several common features. They are generally voluntary, have a regular participation schedule, are supervised by adults, include other participants, involve some structure and rules, are organized around particular competencies, and include activities that require sustained attention, opportunities for meaningful participation, and clear feedback. This entry describes why the study of extracurricular activities is important to educational ...

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