Effects of Homecoming Week on Tarleton Student Grades NAMES REMOVED TO PRESENRVE ANANONYMITYIntroduction Homecoming at Tarleton State University seems to create a hectic atmosphere for students who attend the many traditional activities throughout the week. Extracurricular activities such as homecoming week can put a strain on many students GPA’s. Bauer & Liang, (?) proved through their study of personality and academic performance that extraversion and quality of effort in personal and social experiences have a negative influence on a students GPA. However Terenzini, Springer, Pascarella, and Nora (1995) found that out-of-classroom experiences contributed as much to gains in critical thinking as class-related experiences. This in return proves that extracurricular activities can have a negative affect on the students grades because the student is spending to much time doing extracurricular goings-on, but it also shows that this can help the student in the long run when it comes to critical thinking. Homecoming events might put some strain on the student’s grades, but this is only the ones that do not have the drive to complete their school work during a stressful time. Hooker, Frazier, and Manahan (1994) found that personality type is related to one’s activities and, in particular, college behaviors and academic outcomes. This shows that the negative affect only occurs to those whose personality lets the events interfere with their school work. (Predictions should probably not be made at the beginning of a study. It tends to show an author’s bias.) Purpose and Objectives The purpose of this study was to evaluate student perceptions on the effects of Tarleton State University homecoming traditions and activities has on student academics. The objectives of the study were: 1.Describe the demographic characteristics of current Tarleton State University students who participate in homecoming week. 2.Determine the effect that homecoming week has on academic performance and daily habits of Tarleton State University students. 3.Determine the effect that homecoming week has on attendance and involvement of Tarleton State University students. Methodology This descriptive study utilized a census (census means all) of 128 agriculture students at Tarleton State University. The sample that we took was strictly convenience ±Title: A ±Introduction: A- ±Purpose & Objectives: A ±Methodology: C+ ±Results: A ±Discussion/Conclusions/Recommendations: A ±Quality of Writing: A ±Instrumentation: A+ Overall Grade: 93%
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