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ERIC Number: ED554519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 204
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3032-1673-2
What Are Teachers' Perceptions of the Professional Benefits of Extracurricular Participation?
McDonald, Tonie
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Hofstra University
Research has identified the positive effect of participation in extracurricular activities on students, such as strong belief in self, increased resilience and positive relationship to achievement (Hebert, 1998; Schreiber & Chambers, 2002). However, there has been virtually no research that looks at the effect of participating in extracurricular activities on teachers. If the students are receiving a benefit from this participation, it is important to acknowledge that it is because the teachers are there to facilitate these activities. The research questions that guided this study were: (1) What are teachers' perceptions of the professional benefits of extracurricular participation? (2) Do teachers perceive that as a result of their participation they gain a sense of belongingness to their school and community? (3) Do teachers perceive benefits that are consistent with increased social capital as a result of participation in extracurricular activities? In summary, respondents perceived teacher participation as coaches and advisors as beneficial, not only personally, but also professionally. Respondents reported that coaches and advisors are known by other teachers in their building; that coaches and advisors have gained a level of respect from other teachers, administrators and parent groups; that coaches and advisors share resources with each other--resources that other teachers may not have; that coaches and advisors are helpful to other teachers and work for the benefit of the entire school community; and that coaches tend to form their own social group. These findings are consistent with research relating to social capital. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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