Education Journal

Parents' Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities

1997.第25卷第1期(Vol. 25 No. 1).pp. 133–148


Parents’ Attitude Towards Extracurricular Activities


Chi-Chung LAM & Ngai-Ying WONG(林智中、黃毅英)


Teachers and parents can and should work together to facilitate children's development. Involving parents in school extracurricular activities is one of the ways. To carry out this, we need to know parents' attitudes and perception of extracurricular activities. This paper reports the findings of a study on the attitudes of parents in Hong Kong towards extracurricular activities. The study, which covers the views of over three thousand parents, shows that parents in Hong Kong viewed school extracurricular activities favourably. They were also satisfied with the present arrangement of extracurricular activities conducted by schools. Though their present involvement in their children's extracurricular activities was less than desirable, the majority of parents were willing to pay more and invest time on school extracurricular activities. This suggests to the policy makers and school authorities that there is a large pool of potential resources waiting to be utilized. If schools could develop it, extracurricular activities will definitely be further improved both quantitatively and qualitatively.