Benefits And Costs Of Extracurricular Activities

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INTRODUCTION
More than half of American teenagers attending school participate in some type of extracurricular activities (Gardner, Roth and Brooks-Gunn, 2006). Extracurricular activities can include sports, journalism, drama or theater, art or music, youth groups, student council, and clubs. Today about one in four students participate in academics clubs (Miller & Zittleman, 2012). Since extracurricular activities are so popular among students, it is important to understand the pros and cons of engaging in extracurricular activities.
The purpose of this literature review is to examine the benefits and costs of extracurricular activities. First, I discuss how participating in extracurricular activities benefits students. Among the benefits I discuss are academic performance, enhanced self esteem, and respectful behavior. Secondly, I will discuss the cost of participating in extracurricular activities. The costs I discuss are time management, and expenses.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITES Students who participate in extracurricular activities usually benefit from the many opportunities granted to them (Israel 2010). More than half of American teenagers-attending high schools participate in some type of extracurricular activities (Gardner, Roth & Brooks-Gunn, 2006). The benefits include higher school attendance, improved self-esteem, enhanced academic performance, and reduced behavior issues (Killgo 2010; McNeal 2012; Sterns 2010; Worrell 2005). When students participate in…
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