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Undergraduate college students' perceived sense of civic responsibility and social change behaviors in the context of service, advocacy, and identity-based student organizations


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Abstract (summary)

This study utilized data from the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) to explore the differences between college students involved with service, advocacy, and identity-based student organizations, as well as those not involved in any of these organizations, in their perceived sense of civic responsibility, as well as their frequency of engagement in social change behaviors. In addition, it explored the relationship between students’ perceived sense of civic responsibility and their frequency of engagement in social change behaviors. The researcher utilized two one-way ANOVAs to see if there were significant differences in perceived sense of civic responsibility and frequency of engagement in social change behaviors among students who were involved exclusively in service, advocacy, or identity-based organizations, as well as students who were involved in a combination of these organizations, and students who did not participate in any of these organizations. The researcher found significant differences between students in the different organizations, with students in a combination of organizations and students involved exclusively in advocacy organizations having the highest mean scores on perceived sense of civic responsibility and frequency of engagement in social change behaviors. Students in identity-based organizations and those not involved in any of the organizations had the lowest mean scores on these two variables. In addition, the researcher found a positive, medium strength correlation between students’ perceived sense of civic responsibility and frequency of engagement in social change behaviors among all of the involvement categories. Overall, this study provides important initial findings regarding the civic engagement characteristics of students involved in particular student organizations.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Social psychology;
Political science;
Higher education
Classification
0451: Social psychology
0615: Political science
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Social sciences; Psychology; Advocacy; Civic engagement; College student; Identity; Organizations; Service
Title
Undergraduate college students' perceived sense of civic responsibility and social change behaviors in the context of service, advocacy, and identity-based student organizations
Author
Chowdhry, Chetan
Number of pages
104
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0117
Source
MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124267340
Advisor
Quaye, Stephen J.
Committee member
Jacoby, Barbara; Komives, Susan R.
University/institution
University of Maryland, College Park
Department
Counseling and Personnel Services
University location
United States -- Maryland
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1482442
ProQuest document ID
762216855
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/762216855
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