Student’s vocational choices and voluntary action: a 12-nations study
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 #
Springer New York LLC
Voluntas vol:19 issue:1 pages:1-21
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.