Student community engagement : insight from Australia / Ellen Chung and Hamish Coates

Chung, Ellen and Coates, Hamish (2018) Student community engagement : insight from Australia / Ellen Chung and Hamish Coates. International Journal of Service Management and Sustainability (IJSMS), 3 (1). pp. 1-26. ISSN 2550-1569

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Abstract

Student community engagement is a form of experiential education where students engage in activities that address community needs. This form of learning emphasizes collaboration between students, faculty, and the community partner. By using Student Community Engagement Benefits Questionnaire, data was collected from 151 students in four Australian universities. This study has identified the various community engagement activities they participated either in Australia or overseas; whether voluntary or compulsory. Analysis of variance and paired sample t-test showed that there was a statistically significant gain in Career, Diversity, Interpersonal and Civic skills among the respondents after the community engagement activities. By incorporating three demographic and contextual characteristics, analysis of covariance showed that the changes after community engagement in these four skills were not significant between the two types of projects (compulsory and voluntary projects). When data was analysed by age group of respondents, there was a significant difference after community engagement only in Civic skills. Analysis by community engagement durations also showed that there was a significant difference in Career skills, Interpersonal Skills and Civic skills. This paper sheds light on what students learn from community engagement in the context of Australian higher education

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Item Type: Article
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Chung, Ellen
ellencsm@sarawak.uitm.edu.my
Coates, Hamish
h.coates@unimelb.edu.au
Subjects: A General Works > Academies and learned societies (General)
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Sarawak > Mukah Campus
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Service Management and Sustainability (IJSMS)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > International Journal of Service Management and Sustainability (IJSMS)
ISSN: 2550-1569
Volume: 3
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 1-26
Official URL: http://ijsmssarawak.com/ijsms_vol_3_1/Paper%202_29...
Item ID: 33614
Uncontrolled Keywords: Student community engagement, career skills, civic skills, interpersonal skills, diversity skills.
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/33614

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