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Ariffin, M H and Jaafar, N (2007) Entry participation motivations in co-curricular activities: the case of construction management students at a Malaysian university. International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 3(01), 17–34.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: co-curricular activities; entry participation; motivation; university students
- ISBN/ISSN: 1557-8771
- URL: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1557-8771&volume=3&issue=1&spage=17
Malaysian public universities offer co-curricular programs to their students. These programs are either mandatory or voluntary, and are offered to all university students or are specific to hostel students or to students of a faculty or an academic program. This study describes the findings of a questionnaire survey designed to assess the reasons for and deterrents to student participation in a series of voluntary co-curricular activities organized by faculty at a Malaysian university. The study cohorts consisted of full-time students enrolled in the Building diploma and Construction Management degree programs. Factor analysis indicated that the study respondents attended the co-curricular activities for instrumental and social influence-related reasons. They were deterred from participating in these activities by factors related to discomfort, autonomy, disengagement, and academic obligations.