University Student Civic Index: Knowledge, Attitudes and Social Participation Skills


This study focuses on the social and civic dimensions of higher education; its aim is to measure the index of civic commitment among university students. We carried out a quasi-experimental field study, on a sample of 1,250 students from different faculties of the one university from the north of Spain, within the context of the training in competences. Thus, the main variable and object of analysis was civic competence. In order to evaluate this, a specially created 3-part tool was applied. It was composed of a civic education test, an attitudes scale of civic commitment and a questionnaire on social participation. The reliability of the attitudes scale composed of 39 items was .78. Among other hypotheses contrasted, we began by considering that attitudes were the central element of the civic commitment index and indeed found that their mean values were the highest. However, we showed that the highest correlation was with knowledge (r=.76, p=.000), followed by participative skills (r=.66) and, in third place, attitudes (r=.54). In view of the results obtained in this work, we consider it would be appropriate for university education to emphasise the cross-curricular civic training of its students. Charo Reparaz Abaitua, Elena Arbués Radigales, Concepción Naval Durán y Carolina Ugarte Artal

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