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Title: Social and civic benefits of higher education
Authors: Reis, Carlos Francisco de Sousa 
Formosinho, Maria das Dores 
Oliveira, Marta 
Fonseca, António Castro 
Keywords: Higher Education; Social and Civic Benefits; Civic Engagement; Life Satisfaction; Meaning of Life; Family
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Publisher: Sakarya University, Turkey
Serial title, monograph or event: ICLEL 2016 - Conference Proceedings Book da 2nd International Conference on Lifelong Education and Leadership for All
Place of publication or event: Liepaja University, Liepaja-LATVIA
Abstract: The main objective of this study is to explore the impact that the successful completion of a course will have in the early years of adulthood in Portugal, in particular, in the civic and political participation, as well as in the respect for social values and norms, among others issues. A longitudinal methodology was applied in order to follow up students from the first years of primary school until the last years of the twenties, coinciding with the period of the Bologna Process. The sample was composed of 893 subjects, 445 of the 2nd grade and 448 of the 4th grade. Subsequently, the participants were divided into two groups (those who have completed a degree and those who did not) that were compared on several measures relating to the areas in question. Data were collected using a battery of instruments, including structured interviews and several instruments in order to evaluate: civic participation, community involvement, social development and adherence to norms and social values. We found significant differences with advantage to those that have concluded courses in the following aspects: community involvement and the importance given to community involvment. These scores include the level and the importance given to civic participation. The results confirm the existence of an effect, as reported in other countries, from higher education in the civic and political involvement of young adults, which is felt several years after finishing studies. An inference that can be drawn is that we should put more emphasis on education (formal or informal) directed to promote a school environment conducive to the development of skills, values, attitudes and behaviors that contribute to increasing the civic and political participation of students.
ISBN: 978-605-66495-1-6
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CEIS20 - Artigos e Resumos em Livros de Actas

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