Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award

December 1986


The problem of this study was to determine if there was a significant difference among the expressed perceptions of selected school board members, principals, and students as related to specific aspects of the student activity program. The sample size of this study consisted of 359 participants in the following groups: school board members, principals, and students. School board members and principals were treated as intact groups while the students were randomly selected and stratified based on sex and rank in class. Each group was described based on demographic data. The t-test for independent samples and analysis of variances were used for statistical analysis. Eleven research questions, with six responses each, were analyzed according to six aspects of student activities: (a) athletics, (b) academic-class related activities, (c) performing arts, (d) student government, (e) career-oriented activities, and (f) social-oriented activities. A mean score for each group on each activity was calculated for test purposes. Significant differences were found between (a) school board members and students as related to academic-class related activities, and (b) school board members and students as related to social-oriented activities. Other important findings included the following: (1) Sixty-seven percent of students lived in the county, not towns or cities. (2) Career-oriented activities were the most popular among students. (3) Middle-ranked students had more favorable perceptions of the student activity program than top-ranked or bottom-ranked students. (4) There is general agreement among school board members, principals, and students concerning the student activity program.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access