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  1. 1. Research indicates that participation in extracurricular activities affects students’ academic performance.  The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not the activities in which students choose to participate have an effect on their academic performance. The study’s survey instrument which was distributed to students enrolled in BBA through MBA at management department of hazara university havelian campus 
  2. 2.   “A study by the U. S. Department of Education revealed that students who participate in cocurricular activities are three times more likely to have a grade point average of 3.0 or better” than students who do not participate in co-curricular activities (Stephens & Schaben, 2002, para. “The home environment is among the most important influences on academic performance” (Bringing Up Girls in Science, 2003, para. 2).
  3. 3.  Extracurricular Activities and Academic Performance Guest and Schneider (2003), in looking at the previous research on this subject said, “Researchers have found positive associations between extracurricular participation and academic achievement” (para. 2). A number of studies revealed that students participating in extracurricular activities did better academically than students who did not participate” (Marsh & Kleitman, 2002, para. 7). R
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  5. 5.  Some researchers have divided extracurricular activities into informal and formal activities.
  6. 6. “Early analysis of the effect of participation in sports on academic achievement produced inconsistent evidence” (Broh, 2002, para. 3).  Darling et al. (2005) found that students who did not participate in any extracurricular activities showed the poorest adjustment as far as grades, attitude toward school, and academic aspirations, while non-sport extracurricular activities showed the most positive adjustment, with sports related extracurricular activities in the middle (Para. 40). 
  7. 7. Eady (2004) holds a similar view, believing that “music can influence learning in core subjects as well as contribute to the attainment of core goals in learning” (Para. 1).  Milley conducted a case study on students involved in band and orchestra. 
  8. 8. . Marsh & Kleitman (2002) reported that “more time in extracurricular activities and structured groups and less time watching TV are associated with higher test scores and school grades” (Para. 15).  Bar-on (1999) reported that “over 4,000 studies have been published on measuring the effect of television on student. 
  9. 9. 3 Shin, in researching television and its effects on academic performance  suggests that “watching television displaces or takes time away from intellectually demanding activities such as doing homework and studying,” which has a negative effect on grades and academic performance (Shin, 2004, para. 4). 
  10. 10.  The survey instrument used in this study was designed to determine whether or not the activities that students choose have an effect on their academic performance and was based on a five point Likert-scale.
  11. 11.  98 copies of the survey instrument were distributed; 52 were returned and 52 were used in this study. The data collected from the 52 subjects will be discussed in subsequent sections, commencing with the reporting of the demographic findings. The survey indicated that 35% of the students were in BBA (3); 35% were in BBA (1), while 31% were in MBA (1). Table 1 summarizes the survey responses.
  12. 12.  Participation in musical performance does not improve academic performance; athletic participation improves academic performance; watching television improves academic performance; and participation in community service improves academic performance among the management student of hazara university havelian campus.
  13. 13.    Within the stated purpose and findings of this study, the following conclusions appear warranted: 1. Participation in extracurricular activities has a positive effect on academic performance among the sampled management department at Hazara University. 2. Participation in athletics, television viewing, and community service improve academic performance, while participation in musical performance does not improve academic performance among the sampled junior high students attending Hazara University.
  14. 14. The effects of different extracurricular activities than were researched in this study should be evaluated.  Research determining which academic subject areas are most influenced by extracurricular activities can be done. 