The University's Role in Promoting its Students' Social Awareness from the Students' Perspective at Balqa Applied University
International Journal of Education
This study aimed to investigate the university's role in promoting social awareness of Balqa Applied University's students from the perspective of the students themselves, and to identify the impact of some demographic variables as gender, type of college and the academic year on this role. To achieve the study's objectives, the researcher presented a conceptual frame about the students' social awareness and the university's role in this awareness, and applied a field study on Al-balqa Applied
... n Al-balqa Applied University's students in three colleges that represented Jordan's three provinces. The questionnaire which consisted of 37 items was distributed into three fields, and applied after checking its acceptable degree of reliability and validity. Data were analyzed using the appropriate statistical tests. The results revealed that the university's role in promoting the students' social awareness was high in the field of the academic staff's role, while it was moderate in the fields of the university and curriculum, and methods of teaching plus evaluation' roles, and in the total degree of the instrument as well. The results also revealed that there were no statistically significant differences attributed to the gender and faculty's variables, whereas the academic year variable was statistically significant, and the differences were in favour of the freshmen students in the field of university administration, and the fourth year students in the field of academic staff's role. Based on these results, the study recommended the necessity to reconsider the roles of university, curriculum, and methods of teaching and evaluation in promoting the social awareness by preparing programs which promote the social awareness, and to design university courses that enrich the students' humanistic knowledge in different fields that suits their social status.