Thesis Title

A Teacher's Perspective on How Parental Pressure for Their Children to Particpate in Extra Curriuclar Activities Affects Students Learning in the Classroom

Graduation Date

Spring 2004

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD


College and high school admissions have become competitive and parents feel that it is necessary to focus on extracurricular activities as a way for their children to become well-rounded students. Previous literature has shown contradictory evidence that extracurricular activities can be both beneficial and harmful to a child. The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between parental anxiety about high school acceptance criteria and the effect parental pressure for their children to participate in extracurricular activities has on student learning in the classroom. Parental pressure can influence a child's performance in school as well as an educator's instructional methods in the classroom. This paper includes narratives based on the experiences of the author.

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