Title: Student’s vocational choices and voluntary action: a 12-nations study
Authors: Haski-Leventhal, Debbie ×
Cnaan, Ram A.
Handy, Femida
Brudney, Jeffrey L.
Holmes, Kristen
Hustinx, Lesley
Kang, Chulhee
Meijs, Lucas C.P.M.
Bhagyashree, Ranade
Yamauchi, Naoto
Yeung, Anne Birgitta
Zrinscak, Sinisa #
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Series Title: Voluntas vol:19 issue:1 pages:1-21
Abstract: Previous research on student involvement suggested that business and engineering students manifest lowest rates of voluntary action. Similarly, it was thought that social science students are the most involved in voluntary action, with students of natural sciences and humanities in the middle. However, there were very few studies that empirically compared these assertions. Furthermore, these assertions were not investigated from cross-cultural perspectives. Based on a study of students in 12 countries (N = 6,570), we found that even when controlling for background variables, social science students are actually less engaged in voluntary action than other students. Engineering students are higher than expected on voluntary action while students of humanities are the most involved in voluntary
action. When studying these differences in the 12 selected countries, local cultures and norms form different sets of findings that suggest that there is no universal trend in choice of academic field and voluntary action.
ISSN: 0957-8765
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Sociological Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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