Students' engagement and parents' involvement in extracurricular activities




Xu, Jian

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In recent times, students’ school experiences are not limited to traditional classes and hanging out with friends; an increasing number of students are encouraged to participate in various extracurricular activities by teachers and parents. These activities are believed to aid in the application of skills and character building, and thus to promote personal development. This project reviews students’ engagement rates in three main extracurricular activities: sports, the arts, and academic clubs. The findings reveal that students’ individual development and experiences vary in different activities. Moreover, parental involvement also plays an important role in influencing students’ participation and development. Parental support enables students to access more activities, however, their performance can be restricted by parental pressure as well. Therefore, it is of great importance for parents to understand their roles in their children’s extracurricular activities.



development, extracurricular activities, parental involvement, participation