ERIC Number: EJ1084181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Professional Student Organizations and Experiential Learning Activities: What Drives Student Intentions to Participate?
Munoz, Laura; Miller, Richard; Poole, Sonja Martin
Journal of Education for Business, v91 n1 p45-51 2016
Experiential learning theory has been referenced as a possible method for attracting and retaining members in student organizations. In a survey, undergraduate students evaluated a variety of organizational features pertaining to their intention to participate in professional student organizations. The study found that students value activities that involve professional development and contact with professionals. Age was negatively related to student intent to participate. In addition, ethnicity and being a first-generation college student were not significant predictors in participating in a professional student organization. To enhance membership recruitment and retention efforts, educators should focus their efforts on experiential activities that enable student-faculty contact, career exploration, and skill development.
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Learning Theories, Student Organizations, Group Membership, Professional Development, Predictor Variables, Age Differences, Ethnicity, First Generation College Students, Rating Scales, Regression (Statistics), Factor Analysis, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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