ERIC Number: ED457409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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Young Women's Career and Educational Development through Extracurricular Activity Participation: A Qualitative Study.
Parkerson, Annette H.
The effects of participation in extracurricular activities on young women's career and educational development were examined. A constant comparative method was used to analyze the open-ended responses to questionnaires completed by 156 high school girls and the transcripts from semi-structured interviews with 5 female college freshmen and 2 young adult women who were in the work force. All seven women volunteered to be interviewed because of the positive nature of their high school extracurricular experiences. The analysis established that girls participate in extracurricular activities primarily for personal, social, physical, and emotional reasons. Relatively few of the high school girls believed that their educational and career development was being directly affected by participation in extracurricular activities. The most common reasons given by the high school girls for participation in extracurricular activities were "need for college applications" and "need for scholarships." The young women interviewed credited participation in extracurricular activities with increasing their motivation for school and enhancing their awareness of career options. It was therefore recommended that parents and teachers encourage girls to become involved in extracurricular activities, particularly sports, at an early age. (The bibliography lists nine references. The interview protocols used for adult women participants and first-year undergraduates are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Athletics, Career Awareness, Career Development, College Freshmen, Educational Benefits, Extracurricular Activities, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Interviews, Motivation, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Womens Education, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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