Bibliometric Analysis: The Influence of Extracurricular Activities on the Academic Performance

By Lucia Lomba Portela, Antonio López Castedo, Margarita Pino-Juste and Lucia Pumares Lavandeira.

Published by The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning

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It is difficult to assess students' academic performance because there are a lot of factors that influence it: intelligence, motivation, socioeconomic aspects, family, environment, self-concept, self-esteem, education reforms and policies. For this reason, numerous studies try to define all these concepts involved in academic performance. However, there are few studies on the relationship between extracurricular activities and academic performance.
This research study describes, through a bibliometric and thematic analysis of the scientific production over the past decade, the results of these studies regarding the influence of different extracurricular activities on academic performance. The conclusions of the study suggest that a moderate involvement in extracurricular activities is beneficial. In addition, the majority of the research reviewed in the current study defends the benefits of sport activities, supported especially in terms of prevention of cardiovascular diseases in childhood and adolescence.

Keywords: Academic achievement, extracurricular activities, out-of-school activities, physical activity, academic outcomes

The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, Volume 23, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 553.704KB)).

Lucia Lomba Portela

PhD researcher, Education, School Organization and Research Methods, University of Vigo, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain

Dr. Antonio López Castedo

Regular Professor, Educational Sciences Faculty, University of Vigo, Orense, Galicia, Spain

Dr. Margarita Pino-Juste

Regular Professor, Education, School Organization and Research Methods, University of Vigo, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain

Lucia Pumares Lavandeira

PhD Researcher, Education, School Organization and Research Methods, University of Vigo, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain