A Literature Review of the Impact of Extracurricular Activities Participation on Students' Academic Performance

Journal of Education for Business, Vol. 89 (7): 1-6

15 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2014 Last revised: 10 Jul 2018

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Poh-Sun Seow

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy

Gary Pan

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

A stream of research in the accounting education literature focuses on investigating the determinants of students’ academic performance in an undergraduate accountancy degree programme. The objective of the current study is to highlight another determinant from the general education literature, the impact of extracurricular activities (ECA) participation. Extracurricular activities relate to activities that are external to the core curriculum and participation is optional on the student. The extracurricular activities experience has become an important component of students’ school life and many schools invested significant resources on extracurricular activities. Our study suggests three major theoretical frameworks (Zero-Sum, Developmental and Threshold) to explain the impact of ECA participation on students’ academic performance. We urge researchers to conduct future research on the impact of ECA participation so as to extend the stream of research in the accounting education literature on determinants of students’ academic performance.

Keywords: extracurricular activities, academic performance

Suggested Citation

Seow, Poh-Sun and Pan, Gary, A Literature Review of the Impact of Extracurricular Activities Participation on Students' Academic Performance (2014). Journal of Education for Business, Vol. 89 (7): 1-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2491196

Poh-Sun Seow (Contact Author)

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy ( email )

60 Stamford Road
Singapore, 178900
Singapore

HOME PAGE: http://accountancy.smu.edu.sg/faculty/profile/76099/SEOW-Poh-Sun

Gary Pan

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy ( email )

60 Stamford Road
Singapore 178900
Singapore

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