Are extra curricular activities able to encourage acceptable behaviour from disaffected pupils, and develop confidence in those with low self esteem?
Davies, Eleanor Patricia
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
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This research project highlights the impact that extra-curricular tasks can have upon disaffected pupils and those who have low self esteem. A wide range of research methods have been utilised in order to add further validity to the project, these include questionnaires, case studies, interviews and evaluations. The research has proven that through student-centred extra-curricular opportunities, young people can-change their behaviour and gain further confidence in their capabilities. However, it has also emphasised that in order for such successes to be achieved, the participants' achievements must be celebrated and that all pupils whatevei their attainment levels must be treated equally in extra-curricular activities. The project also accentuates the fact that schools can benefit from the involvement of outside agencies in out of school hours learning opportunities, and the effectiveness that this partnership approach can have.