ERIC Number: ED312589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-8
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A Study of the Attitudes of Early Adolescents toward Student Activities.
This study on the attitudes of middle and junior high school students toward extracurricular activities focused on investigating differences in attitudes of male and female students, rural and urban students, and black and white students. Subjects were 1,383 middle and junior high school students randomly selected from 13 school districts in Arkansas who completed the Mid-Years Opinion Questionnaire designed to measure the social perception characteristics of early adolescents. Eight items that comprised the student activities survey were extracted as the dependent variable. The results revealed that males reported more positive attitudes toward student activities than did females in grades 6 through 9, and that rural subjects reported more positive attitudes toward student activities than did urban subjects. In 6th and 9th grades, whites tended to have more positive attitudes than blacks while at 7th and 8th grades, blacks tended to have more positive attitudes than did whites. The findings suggest that middle and junior high schools may need to consider adjusting their student activity programs to stress rewarding both academic and athletic achievements equally and to provide enough student activities for this age group. More research is needed to understand how different ethnic groups may relate to different student activities in the schools. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Little Rock, AR, November 8-10, 1989).