Title

The Relationship Between Athletic and Extracurricular Activity Participation and Absences, Discipline, and Grades

Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Clyde Ginn

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a significant difference among athletes, nonathletes/nonparticpants, and extracurricular activities participants as it relates to attendance, grade point average, and discipline. This research project was quantitative. This study dealt with archived data on discipline, attendance, and grade point averages. Information was gathered from two high schools in south Mississippi regarding the discipline, attendance, and grade point averages of athletes, nonathletes/nonparticipants, and extracurricular activities participants. Counselors and secretaries at the schools gathered and coded the data to protect the anonymity of the students. Data gathered in this study suggested that there was a significant difference among athletes, nonathletes/nonparticipants, and extracurricular activities participants as it relates to the number of days absent in a scholastic school year, grade point averages, and the number of discipline referrals. Conclusively, extracurricular activities participants had fewer absences, better grade point averages, and fewer discipline referrals than both athletes and nonathletes/nonparticipants.