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AbstractStaying physically fit is important for childrens growth whether they are at school or playing with friends that is why it is important for children to engage in some form of physical activity during the day The extent of childrens physical health involves how active they are during the day as well as after school therefore to ensure children are getting the appropriate amount of physical activity parents make an assertive effort to have them participate in extracurricular activities after school as well as on weekends An extracurricular activity is not always a sport it can also include clubs and organizations as well as cheerleading dance band and the arts Even though remaining active is beneficial for a childs overall growth and development too much of it is not good especially when it relates to hisher social emotional and educational well-being The journals articles and reviews take pro and con positions as it relates to childrens participation in extracurricular activities The information in the readings consists of an array of ages from elementary through high school that gives more of a perspective view on the topic Therefore the final analysis whether extracurricular activities have an effect on the academic performance of students is determined not only by a case study model survey or questionnaire but also whether the extracurricular activity is a school or non-school based activity the amount of time spent on the activity the age of the children and the socio-economical level of the students Therefore there are different variables that determine whether extracurricular activities affect the academic performance of students So the question still remains do extracurricular activities affect the academic performance of studentsKey words extracurricular activities co-curricular activities school-based extracurricular activities adolescent leisure data GPA ESA ECA HSB NELS NCES adolescent adjustments longitudinal study methods models results and conclusionIntroduction Extracurricular activities
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