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The impact of engagement with extracurricular activities on the student experience and graduate outcomes for widening participation populations

The impact of engagement with extracurricular activities on the student experience and graduate outcomes for widening participation populations

Stuart, Mary, Lido, Catherine, Morgan, Jessica, Solomon, Lucy and May, Steve (2011) The impact of engagement with extracurricular activities on the student experience and graduate outcomes for widening participation populations. Active Learning in Higher Education, 12 (3). pp. 203-215. ISSN 1469-7874 (Print), 1741-2625 (Online) (doi:10.1177/1469787411415081)

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Abstract

This research examined extracurricular activity (ECA) effects on students’ experiences, outcomes and future job prospects. A survey of diverse undergraduate students, along with alumni and potential employer interviews, revealed differences in students’ engagement with ECAs beyond the classroom. Variations between ‘traditional’ and ‘widening participation’ student groups emerged, with older and ethnic minority students spending more time with non-university ECAs, engaged in family, religious and solitary activities. Lower socio-economic status (SES) students spent more time working, and less time engaging in ECAs. Alumni reflected ECAs as key to developing self-identity, social networks and career prospects/pathways. Employers stressed the value of ECAs for ‘distinguishing’ candidates, providing evidence of cultural fit, leadership, commitment, and ‘selling’ original activities. As (university-linked) ECAs were key for undergraduate outcomes and graduate employment prospects, emerging ethnic, age and SES patterns of engagement have implications for persistent inequalities in employment (despite widening participation agendas).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diversity in higher education, extra curricular activities, social capital, widening participation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6068

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