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Previous research has demonstrated that participation in extracurricular activities, such as sports and music, frequently predicts healthy academic and social outcomes among children. The present study examines the lives of elementary school children who participate in acting both as an extracurricular activity and as a profession, by considering a wide variety of theoretical frameworks to illustrate their characteristics as students. This presents an interesting addition to the existing body of research on extracurricular activities, as acting differs greatly from most other traditional extracurricular activities in nature and it has frequently been stereotyped to lead to unhealthy developmental outcomes--usually based on anecdotal evidence. Two case studies revealed that participation in acting per se, even as a profession, may not necessarily be predictive of children's characteristics at school. Instead, children's as well as parents' attitudes and beliefs concerning acting as it fits into children's lives may relate to such characteristics. Implications for educators and other concerned adults are discussed. The appendix contains sample questions for interviews. (Contains 4 endnotes and 2 figures.)

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Extracurricular Activities, Family Role, Social Development, Theater Arts





Author: Akiba, Daisuke; Malow-Iroff, Micheline; Rukenstein, Audry

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4989&id=ED491466



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