School engagement and civic engagement as predictors for the future political participation of ethnic Chinese and South Asian adolescents in Hong Kong

Yuet Mui Celeste YUEN

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Abstract

This paper reports the findings of a large study on the relationship between school and civic engagement and the self-perceived participation in political activities of ethnic Chinese and South Asian immigrant students in Hong Kong. Data was col¬lected from a sample of 5,574 6th–11th graders aged 12−19. The nature of school engagement was assessed by a self-rated questionnaire against the affective, behavioral and cognitive domains. Students’ civic engagement was measured by the ICCS student questionnaire (Schulz et al., 2009). Before running the regression analyses, Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) was performed and the results showed that both instruments had good construct validity and internal consistency. Consistent with the primary aim of this study, MANOVA analyses indicate significant student group differences in school engagement, and civic related self-belief and behaviours. Our findings showed that non-Chinese speaking South Asian students (NCS) scored higher than their mainstream Chinese and newly arrived students from Mainland China (NAS) counterparts across the dimensions of both instruments. Results of hierarchical regressions confirmed that school engagement was significant in pre¬dicting expected political participation in the future. The effects of school and civic engagement on future political participation varied significantly between all studied groups. Copyright © 2014 Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-342
JournalMigration and Ethnic Themes
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

Citation

Yuen, C. Y. M. (2013). School engagement and civic engagement as predictors for the future political participation of ethnic Chinese and South Asian adolescents in Hong Kong. Migration and Ethnic Themes, 29(3), 317-342.

Keywords

  • School engagement
  • Civic engagement
  • Political participation
  • Ethnic Chinese
  • Immigrants
  • Adolescents
  • Hong Kong
  • Alt. title: Angažiranost u školi i građanska angažiranost kao prediktori političkog djelovanja domicilnih kineskih i južnoazijskih adolescenata u Hong Kongu

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