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Student participation projects in the Netherlands: a comparative study of student participation projects on the degree of student participation.

Stielstra, Leon (2014) Student participation projects in the Netherlands: a comparative study of student participation projects on the degree of student participation.

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Abstract:In this multiple case study, student participation projects – currently initiated and running in various cities in the Netherlands – have been compared to examine if and how students can be mobilized to participate in a student participation project. The main research question is: What are the effects of student participation projects on the degree of student participation? According to the theoretical framework, students that are more motivated, more capable and have been invited, are more likely to actually participate in a student participation project. Five student participation projects have been compared to examine characteristic similarities and differences. The student projects have been initiated in different cities across the Netherlands and are currently still running. The following five projects have been selected: De Wijkstudent (Tilburg), Wonen in Nieuw-Jeruzalem (Tilburg), Project Vooruit! (Amsterdam), Academie van de Stad: Springlevend Nieuw-Hoograven (Utrecht) and Studenteninzet (Groningen). According to project motivation and capability characteristics examined in this study, selected student projects show very little variation in the presence of these characteristics. The expected return (to make an effort in concrete neighborhood improvements) is the most important motivation for students to take part in a student project, followed by social motivations. The civic duty is the least important student motivation to participate. There are no statistical significant differences in the degree of capabilities of students that have participated in a student participation project. Emphasizing and offering selective material and civic gratifications, positively affects student motivation importance in considering to participate in a student participation project. Of the selected capability provisions, emphasizing on self-efficacy capability provisions has a positive effect on student’s self-efficacy. Student project facilitators that achieved high student participation scores, have realized the highest percentages of active student participation (occupancy rate). The more the student is motivated and capable, the more the student is actually going to participate in a student participation project.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65558
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