INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN PROMOTING HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT AMONG STUDENTS IN PAKISTANI HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

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Aleeza Afreen
Dr. Shakeel Ahmed
Dr. Nazish Andleeb
Miss Maryam Natalia
Kashif Lodhi

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This study examines the impact of extracurricular activities on the overall development of students in higher education institutions in Pakistan. The research attempted to comprehend the various advantages of participating in extracurricular activities and how they contribute to cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development. A hybrid methodology was employed, integrating both numerical and descriptive information. Structured surveys were used to acquire quantitative data from 500 students representing different colleges. The surveys focused on the students' participation in extracurricular activities and their reported developmental outcomes. The collection of qualitative data involved conducting semi-structured interviews with 20 faculty members and extracurricular coordinators. The purpose of these interviews was to obtain a deeper understanding of the institutional support provided and the wider effects of these activities. Statistical approaches were utilized to analyze the quantitative data in order to detect correlations and trends. Thematic analysis was employed to examine the qualitative data and identify reoccurring themes. The results indicated significant enhancements in cognitive abilities, analytical reasoning, coping with stress, emotional adaptability, interpersonal communication, collaborative work, leadership qualities, physical well-being, community engagement, cultural awareness, and job prospects among students engaged in extracurricular activities. The study emphasizes the urgent requirement for higher education institutions in Pakistan to give priority to and provide support for extracurricular programs. This includes overcoming problems and utilizing institutional assistance to enable holistic student development.

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Aleeza Afreen, Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, Dr. Nazish Andleeb, Miss Maryam Natalia, & Kashif Lodhi. (2024). INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN PROMOTING HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT AMONG STUDENTS IN PAKISTANI HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS. International Journal of Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences, 3(2), 1632–1642. Retrieved from https://ijciss.org/index.php/ijciss/article/view/870
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