Higher Education Student Motivations for Extracurricular Activities: Evidence from UK Universities

Date

2023-01-27

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ISSN

1469-9435

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Publisher

Routledge

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Higher education students are required to demonstrate value beyond their curricula achievements to secure jobs in increasingly competitive labour markets. Focusing on extracurricular activities as one-way students can do so, this paper uses a motivation perspective to examine what drives students to engage in extracurricular activities, and how student motivation varies between early and late-stage students. We conducted 46 in-depth interviews with students in a post-92 widening-participation university and found that four motivations – extrinsic, intrinsic, social, and pro-social – explained extracurricular participation. The motivations varied across types of extracurricular activities; extrinsic motivation was prominent for employment, academic, society and volunteering extracurriculars; intrinsic and social motivations were vital for sports and societies; and pro-social motivation for academic, volunteering, and society extracurriculars. Moreover, we found important differences between the motivations of early-year and final-year students, suggesting that motivations vary across the university journey. Our paper contributes to the literature on extracurricular activities within higher education by providing new evidence on the motivations that propel students to engage in (different) activities in the current marketized higher education environment and by identifying the level of study as an important boundary condition shaping motivations for extracurricular participation.

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open access article The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link

Keywords

extracurricular activities, motivation, employability, UK higher education, skill development

Citation

Chapman, G., Emambocus, W. and Obembe, D. (2023) Higher Education Student Motivations for Extracurricular Activities: Evidence from UK Universities. Journal of Education and Work,

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Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)