ERIC Number: EJ799639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
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Under-Represented College Students and Extracurricular Involvement: The Effects of Various Student Organizations on Academic Performance
Baker, Christina N.
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v11 n3 p273-298 Aug 2008
Several studies indicate that students who are involved in extracurricular activities during college are more academically successful than are those who are not; however, most studies do not distinguish between different types of activities nor do they adequately consider the unique experiences of under-represented college students. Drawing on Ogbu's theory of oppositional culture and Tinto's theory of educational departure, I examine the effect of involvement in six different types of student organizations, as well as involvement in a co-ethnic student organization, on the academic performance of African American and Latino college students attending 27 different selective colleges. I find that student organizations differentially affect academic performance, depending on the type of organization and the race and gender of the students.
Descriptors: African American Students, College Students, Extracurricular Activities, Academic Achievement, Student Organizations, Disproportionate Representation, Hispanic American Students, Racial Factors, Gender Issues, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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