Part-time work and non-school activities while in high school: Is there a threshold effect on achievement?

Kirsty Weir, Luanna H. Meyer, John McClure, Damian O'Neill


Student involvement in extracurricular activities including sport and part-time work is considered to have an influence on achievement, yet there are conflicting views on whether the effect is negative or positive. Data were collected from 2,257 secondary students to investigate the relationship of different participation patterns with grade averages. Results reveal higher grades for students reporting 5-20 hours of total extracurricular activities including part-time work. In contrast, fewer than 5 and more than 20 hours weekly spent in combined extracurricular activities were associated with lower
achievement. Implications for educators and parents are discussed.

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