Can co-curricular activities enhance the learning effectiveness of students?: An application to the sub-degree students in Hong Kong

Chi Hung LEUNG, Chi Wing Raymond NG, Po On Ella CHAN

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Abstract

A total of 575 students from the Associate Degree Foundation Program and the Associate Degree Program participated in this study. The two purposes of this study were to use the time series between/within experimental design to examine whether participation in co-curricular activities could (1) enhance student learning effectiveness and (2) have positive effects on the academic performance of self-funded sub-degree students in Hong Kong. It was found that participation in cocurricular activities could not enhance student learning effectiveness. Associate degree students were too preoccupied by the need to attain good academic results in the first 2-3 terms of study. Rather, this study suggests that student learning effectiveness is affected by the time factor. High learning effectiveness was observed in the middle of the academic year but relatively low learning effectiveness at the end of the year. Copyright © 2011 International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-341
JournalInternational Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Volume23
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Citation

Leung, C.-H., Ng, C. W. R., & Chan, P. O. E. (2011). Can co-curricular activities enhance the learning effectiveness of students?: An application to the sub-degree students in Hong Kong. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 23(3), 329-341.

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