Extracurricular activity

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Extracurricular activities or Extra Academic Activity (EAA) are those that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school or university education, performed by students. Extracurricular activities exist for all students. And generally, volunteer activities aren't always extracurricular activities.

Such activities are generally voluntary (as opposed to mandatory), social, philanthropic, and often involve others of the same age. Students often organize and direct these activities under faculty sponsorship, although student-led initiatives, such as independent newspapers, are common.

A study conducted by surveying school-age students in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health revealed that 70% of adolescents are involved in some form of extracurricular activities.[1]

Other studies have shown being involved in extracurricular activities reduces the likelihood of dropping out of school, likelihood of committing a criminal offense, and leads to higher educational retainment and success and achievements in school work,[2] not to mention that the greatest advantage of participating in at least one of these activities is the decrease in anti-social behaviors and students growing up to be more successful in communication and relationships.[3]

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  1. ^ Feldman, Amy. "The Role of School-Based Extracurricular Activities in Adolescent Development: A Comprehensive Review and Future Directions" (PDF). SagePub. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ Eccles, Jacquelynne; Barber, Bonnie; Stone, Margaret; Hunt, James. "Extracurricular Activities and Adolescent Development". Wiley Online Library. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Mahoney, Joseph. "School Extracurricular Activity Participation as a Moderator in the Development of Antisocial Patterns" (PDF). Wiley Online Library. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 

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