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A Study on civic literacy of college students: Investigation in Taipei City
The main purposes of the present study were to investigate the current status of civic literacy of college students in Taipei City, and to compare the differences of students’ civic literacy (their civic knowledge, attitudes, and participation)between different personal background, and also to analyze the relations among the three dimensions of civic literacy of college students in Taipei City. The population of the study was the students in day division of public and private colleges in Taipei City in 105 academic years. By using questionnaire survey, this study collected 465 valid samples. The data was analyzed by using the SPSS software, descriptive statistics, Independent t test, One-way ANOVA, and Amos Confirmatory Factor Analysis. The empirical results of the above study were synthesized as follows: 1. The degree of civic knowledge of the college students in Taipei City was moderate. 2. The college students in Taipei City had a positive attitude toward civic literacy. 3. An active tendency was found in the civic participation of the college students in Taipei City. 4. The result of “Civic knowledge” questionnaires showed that there were significant differences among different types of colleges, different grades, the situation of students’ participation in campus clubs, served as club cadre or not, parents’ education level, and the category of employment of parents. 5. The result of “Civic attitudes” questionnaires showed that there were significant differences among different types of colleges, gender, the situation of students’ participation in campus clubs, and served as club cadre or not. 6. The result of “Civic participation” questionnaires showed that there were significant differences among different types of colleges, gender, the situation of students’ participation in campus clubs, served as club cadre or not, and parents’ education level. 7. The “Civic knowledge” dimension and “Civic attitudes” dimension had significant correlation. 8. The “Civic knowledge” dimension and “Civic participation” dimension had no significant correlation. 9. The “Civic attitudes” dimension and “Civic participation” dimension had significant correlation. According to the results of this study, the researcher made some suggestions for education administration, teacher education institutions, colleges, senior and junior high schools as well as the future investigators.
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