ERIC Number: ED187612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Involvement in Student Life: Students at the University of Malaya.
A study to determine on-campus participatory behavior among students at the University of Malaya is reported. The university is a coeducational, primarily undergraduate institution with an enrollment of just over 5,000. Entrance is gained through a stringent national examination; once admitted, students are virtually guaranteed graduation. During the time of the sample (late 1960s), the student body was predominantly Malays and Chinese, but also included some South Indians, Pakistanis, and Eurasians. Because Malays control the political system, practically all Malay students receive government scholarships and preferential treatment in obtaining employment in the civil service. In addition, males are accorded higher status than females in that society. Almost 2,000 participants, representative of first year and final year students, comprised the sample. Three variables which serve as indicators of participatory behavior were examined: membership in organizations, frequency of social interaction with others discussing society's problems and politics, and participation in student strikes and demonstrations. Chinese students, regardless of sex, tended to be less actively engaged in these activities than Malays and others of either sex. Finally, the families' socioeconomic status was not strongly related to the three behavioral indicators. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association (Los Angeles, CA, March 1980).