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Linking Extracurricular Programming to Academic Achievement: Who Benefits and Why?

Beckett A. Broh
Sociology of Education
Vol. 75, No. 1 (Jan., 2002), pp. 69-95
DOI: 10.2307/3090254
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3090254
Page Count: 27
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Linking Extracurricular Programming to Academic Achievement: Who Benefits and Why?
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Abstract

This article analyzes data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 to test the effect of participation in extracurricular activities on high school achievement. It also explores potential mediating mechanisms that link such participation to academic success. The results show that participation in some activities improves achievement, while participation in others diminishes achievement. Participation in interscholastic sports promotes students' development and social ties among students, parents, and schools, and these benefits explain the positive effect of participation on achievement.

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