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Sense of Civic Responsibility Among University Students

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  • Subramaniam, Tilagavati

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The purpose of this study is to examine the level of sense of civic responsibility among the university students and to identify specific factors that contribute to a sense of civic responsibility. A total of 1213 final year undergraduates’ students were recruited from five public universities. Since Malaysian public universities are heterogeneous in terms of student racial composition, stratified sampling was used to ensure the representativeness of the sample. A cross – sectional survey using a self- administered questionnaire was employed. Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 22.0 was used in order to analyse the quantitative data obtained in this study. The demographic details and the level of sense of civic responsibility were analysed using descriptive statistics in order to obtain both the frequency and percentage for the data. Meanwhile, multiple regressions were used to determine the most influential factor that predicts a sense of civic responsibility among the final year undergraduate students. The results showed that respondents across the five institutions demonstrated a high level of sense of civic responsibility. Campus climate perception is the main contributor that caused the respondents to have a sense of civic responsibility. With regard to this, an institution of higher education can develop more effective strategies by stressing this factor. Student’s campus experiences have the potential to help students acquire the necessary knowledge, skill, values and motivation to take action in their communities as a thoughtful, engaged and socially responsible citizen.

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  • Subramaniam, Tilagavati, 2019. "Sense of Civic Responsibility Among University Students," Responsible Education, Learning and Teaching in Emerging Economies, CSRC Publishing, Center for Sustainability Research and Consultancy Pakistan, vol. 1(2), pages 57-65, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:src:relatj:v:1:y:2019:i:2:p:57-65
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.26710/relate.v1i2.1124
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