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Exploring the Effect of College Students’ Civic Engagement on Transferable Capabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Version 1 : Received: 10 September 2021 / Approved: 13 September 2021 / Online: 13 September 2021 (08:31:05 CEST)

How to cite: Chang, D.; Chang, T.N.; Chen, C.C. Exploring the Effect of College Students’ Civic Engagement on Transferable Capabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Preprints 2021, 2021090194 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0194.v1). Chang, D.; Chang, T.N.; Chen, C.C. Exploring the Effect of College Students’ Civic Engagement on Transferable Capabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Preprints 2021, 2021090194 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0194.v1).

Abstract

Civic engagement refers to the ways in which citizens participate in the life of a community to help shape its future or improve conditions for others. While it might have been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, this study explored how college students perceive civic engagement on selected campuses that were partially locked down. We sampled 1036 student volunteers from six universities in Taiwan by using a self-designed module of civic engagement and transferable capabilities. The Student’s t-test, ANOVA, regression, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling (SEM) were used to interpret the differences and relationships among these variables. This study provides a more detailed example of the current status of civic engagement and its relative to transferable capabilities in a higher education setting. The related programs and institutes should take responsibility for enhancing students’ civic engagement and transferable capabilities during the pandemic. How to ameliorate the situation? The findings suggest that it should consider a student’s academic major, learning experiences in the department, and time spent on related activities during the pandemic recovery. The findings might prove useful to various campuses for enhancing ongoing practices.

Keywords

civic engagement; COVID 19; change in higher education; educational systems; effects; SEM; transferable capabilities

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