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ERIC Number: ED491466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 31
Abstractor: Author
The Roles of Extracurricular Activities in the Lives of Children in Theater: A School-Based Contextual Analysis
Akiba, Daisuke; Malow-Iroff, Micheline; Rukenstein, Audry
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Previous research has demonstrated that participation in extracurricular activities, such as sports and music, frequently predicts "healthy" academic and social outcomes among children. The present study examines the lives of elementary school children who participate in acting both as an extracurricular activity and as a profession, by considering a wide variety of theoretical frameworks to illustrate their characteristics as students. This presents an interesting addition to the existing body of research on extracurricular activities, as acting differs greatly from most other "traditional" extracurricular activities in nature and it has frequently been stereotyped to lead to unhealthy developmental outcomes--usually based on anecdotal evidence. Two case studies revealed that participation in acting per se, even as a profession, may not necessarily be predictive of children's characteristics at school. Instead, children's as well as parents' attitudes and beliefs concerning acting as it fits into children's lives may relate to such characteristics. Implications for educators and other concerned adults are discussed. The appendix contains sample questions for interviews. (Contains 4 endnotes and 2 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A