ERIC Number: ED351431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Student Access to Extracurricular Activities.
Ponessa, Joan M.
Public Affairs Focus, n23 Oct 1992
As part of a long-term study of dropout related issues, this serial issue focuses on the topic of extracurricular activities and their availability in 15 of the largest urban districts in New Jersey. Following an opening section reviewing some of the positions taken over the years regarding extracurricular activities and their role in schools, the argument looks at athletic participation and discusses differences in the availability of interscholastic sports programs between the large urban districts and other districts around the state as well as sharp contrasts in student participation. All of the urban districts offered fewer athletic programs and actual numbers of participants was significantly lower in 1990-91 compared to 1988-89. In all districts, male participation in sports is higher than that of females. The lower percentage of sports participation in urban high schools is primarily the result of the lower number of offerings and the smaller number of team levels. Also, there is a lack of opportunities for students to participate in athletics before the high school level. Also covered in the report are other non-athletic offerings, equity issues among athletic and non-athletic funding, and the effect of participation in extracurricular activities on the dropout rate. A closing section discusses recommendations. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Athletics, Competition, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Rate, Economic Factors, Economically Disadvantaged, Equal Education, Extracurricular Activities, High School Students, High Schools, Minority Group Children, School Recreational Programs, Sex Differences, Student Participation, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Public Affairs Research Institute of New Jersey, Inc., Suite 100, 212 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ 08540-6212.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Affairs Research Inst. of New Jersey, Inc.
Identifiers: New Jersey
Note: Seventh paper in a series on New Jersey education issues.