Master's Theses


Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of the researcher was to investigate participation in extracurricular activities, academic achievement, and attitude towards school. The independent variables were participation, classification and gender. The dependent variables were scores from Quality of School Life and SRA Survey of Basic Skills. A covariant variable, the Educational Ability Series, was used. The sample consisted of 124 students, grades nine through twelve. Three composite null hypotheses were tested. A total of 76 comparisons were made and 21 were statistically significant at the .05 level. Of the 21 significant comparisons, 12 were for main effects and nine were interactions. The results of the present study appeared to give some support to the following generalizations: 1) Students in 10th grade reported greater satisfaction with school than 11th and 12th graders. 2) Students in 10th grade reported a more positive reaction to teachers than 9th graders. 3) Students with highest level of participation reported a more positive attitude towards total school life. 4) An association was found among participation, classification, and the variables composite SRA, reading, language arts, and social studies. 5) An association was found among classification, gender and the variables composite SRA, reading, social studies, and science.


Bill Daley

Date of Award

Summer 1990

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1990 Pamela Gribben


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