2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference


The Relationship Between Achievement Goal Orientation and Level of Participation in Extracurricular Activities Among High School Students
Leena D. Phadke♦
Dr. Christopher Maglio, Faculty Mentor

One area of focus for educational researchers has been the relationship between various factors, such as motivation and extracurricular participation, and academic success. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between motivation, defined as achievement goal orientation, and level of participation in extracurricular activities. Three achievement goal orientation groups were studied, including mastery-approach, performance-approach, and performance-avoidance. Academic success was measured using students’ grade point averages (GPAs). Approximately 120 students from two area high schools were surveyed. Results showed no significant relationship between achievement goal orientation and level of participation in extracurricular activities. There was a significant relationship between level of participation in extracurricular activities and GPA. Additionally, it was determined that upperclassmen had significantly higher GPAs than lowerclassmen. Implications of these results are discussed.

Keywords: Achievement, Extracurricular, High School


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 14-2
Location: OP 2115
Time: 10:15

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