ERIC Number: ED332263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Student Activities: Education or Recreation?
Christensen, Douglas D.
Updating School Board Policies, v20 n4 p1-3 Apr 1989
Research studies have shown that the benefits of student participation in cocurricular activities are substantial. However, many schools reward or punish student achievement and conduct by setting eligibility standards for participation in student activities. In such a system, educators view activities primarily as rewards for good behavior and acceptable grades, not as learning experiences per se. If school board members are to be accountable for school activities policies, they must have adequate and appropriate participation in the process at both local and state levels. A solution is activity chartering: the process of integrating student activities into the policy and curriculum process. An effective activity charter contains the following information: (1) the purposes and goals of the activity; (2) a needs statement; (3) a membership roster; (4) a financial plan; (5) sponsors of the organization; and (6) a description of how the behavior expected of individual members as well as the group's activities will contribute to the overall goals of the program. Typically, charters extend over a 3- or 4-year cycle, organized so that a portion of the activities are evaluated each year. Steps of the chartering process are explained, and a sample criterion-based system for reviewing the charters and a sample activities charter are included. (MLF)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA. Educational Policies Service.