Undergraduate-community engagement: Evidence from UiTM Sarawak / Ellen Chung and Vloreen Nity Mathew

Ellen, Chung and Mathew, Vloreen Nity (2018) Undergraduate-community engagement: Evidence from UiTM Sarawak / Ellen Chung and Vloreen Nity Mathew. Asian Journal of University Education, 14 (1). pp. 15-36. ISSN 1823-7797

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Abstract

Undergraduate-Community engagement is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs. In Malaysia, most undergraduates have at one point or another taken part in community engagement activities. However, the outcome of participating in community engagement has not been properly measured. This study was conducted to investigate the benefits undergraduates gain as a result of community engagement experience, as there is limited studies done in the Malaysian context. This study adopted Student Community Engagement Benefits Questionnaire (SCEBQ) by Chung and Coates (2016). SCEBQ has four benefit constructs, namely career skills, diversity skills, interpersonal skills and civic skills. A total of 143 responses were analysed and results showed that female undergraduates, those who participated in voluntary projects and respondents between 21 to 23 years old reported higher mean gains across the four benefit constructs. Nevertheless, these mean gains did not show any statistically significant difference between gender, community engagement projects types, except age groups. The study is important as it lays the foundation in the process of creating a better understanding of what students learn outside the classroom and it contributes to the practical knowledge of undergraduate-community engagement experience in the context of Malaysian higher education.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsID Num.
Ellen, ChungUNSPECIFIED
Mathew, Vloreen NityUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Higher Education > Institutions of higher education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Higher Education > Student affairs services. Student personnel administration
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Higher Education > Methods of study
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal of University Education
ISSN: 1823-7797
Volume: 14
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 15-36
Item ID: 21899
Uncontrolled Keywords: : Community engagement, undergraduates, SCEBQ, career skills, diversity skills, interpersonal skills, civic skills
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2018 03:42
Depositing User: Staf Pendigitalan 7
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/21899

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