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

Stuart, M., Lido, C. , Morgan, J., Solomon, L. and May, S. (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. (doi:10.1177/1469787411415081)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1469787411415081

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:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lido, Dr Catherine
Authors: Stuart, M., Lido, C., Morgan, J., Solomon, L., and May, S.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Group:CRADALL
Journal Name:Active Learning in Higher Education
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:1469-7874
ISSN (Online):1741-2625
Copyright Holders:Sage

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