Extracurricular activities: pleasant or useful?

by Alisher Sabirov and Gayrat Suyunov


Abstract

The aim of this study to analyze the impact of university extracurricular activities (ECA) on students` leadership skills. We use two-part (two-sample) primary data collected from foundation course students (CIFS) of Westminster International University in Tashkent in September 2016 and April 2017, respectively. Employing OLS method in our analysis, we find positive impact of ECA on students` leadership skills. We notice lower level of leadership skills among female students from data collected in September 2016, whereas in the second sample we find no significant gender difference. Leadership skills level is higher among students who rents a house in comparison with those who lives with parents. It is necessary to organize a systematic approach that stimulates the integration of extracurricular activities into the educational process, as one source of students` leadership skills development.