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Program Implementation and Effectiveness of Extracurricular Activities: An Investigation of Different Student Perceptions in Two German All-Day Schools

Stephan Kielblock

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During the past decade, many schools in Germany have added extracurricular time to their regular curricular classes. This raises questions about the successful implementation of extracurricular programs and what makes them effective. The aim of this study is to illuminate the connection between these two questions. The theoretical and conceptual framework suggests that individual perception is a core concept that links both issues. Based on multi-method data from the Study on the Development of All-day Schools (StEG), the individual perceptions of two different activities will be investigated. One activity is perceived by the students as just an “extra” curricular activity (an extension of regular classes), whereas the other activity is seen as a real new “extracurricular” opportunity. The results emphasise the importance of viewing student perceptions in a qualitative manner.

Keywords: program implementation, effectiveness, student perception, all-day school, extracurricular activities


Bibliography: Kielblock, Stephan: Program Implementation and Effectiveness, IJREE, Vol. 3, Issue 2-2015, pp. 79-98.