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ERIC Number: EJ879912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
The Effects of Doing Part-Time Jobs on College Student Academic Performance and Social Life in a Chinese Society
Wang, Hongyu; Kong, Miosi; Shan, Wenjing; Vong, Sou Kuan
Journal of Education and Work, v23 n1 p79-94 Feb 2010
Student employment has been treated as a homogeneous category in studying the effects of doing part-time jobs on student academic performance or social life. In the present study, using data collected from a well-known public university in Macau, we treat student employment as a heterogeneous experience and compare the relative importance of various characteristics of student employment in predicting student academic performance and social life. We find that doing part-time jobs exerts no effect on student academic performance when it is treated as a homogeneous category. When treated as a heterogeneous experience, we find that incentives to work have most effects on student academic performance, followed by whether the jobs provide opportunities for students to develop skills and whether the jobs are related to their fields of study. Inconsistent with most previous studies, we find that doing part-time jobs actually enriches students' school life and increases their social support network as well. We do find that taking part-time jobs damages students' relationships with their parents. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Macau