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ERIC Number: EJ1080933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1925-4741
The Social Change Experiences of College Students at an Institution of Higher Learning
New, Kuwihoi; Ghafar, Mohamed Najib Abdul
Higher Education Studies, v1 n2 p14-28 Dec 2011
The sociology of education provides the most effective means to look into in the dynamics of education and the changes it produces in the individual. This research uses in-depth field interviews to study the social change experienced by a group of college students at a private higher learning institution in Malaysia. The results reveal that there are four main elements in the social change experienced by this group of students. The process begins with the "self-awareness" by students of their social condition both in past and present situations. The second element is their "adaptability," where students come to understand how to interact with their circumstances and are able to find ways to adapt to their environment. This is followed by the third element, "responsibility," where students become responsible to the degree that they possess leadership abilities; thoughtfulness, independence, supportiveness and determination. The last element is "potentiality," which is important in helping students to progress to a higher stage of life by actualizing their full potential. These findings have identified the elements of social change in the sociology of education in the context higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
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