Gender and Civic Talk Engagement Among Final Year Undergraduates Students
This study was carried out to determine whether there were gender differences in the civic talk engagement among final year undergraduate students from selected local public university. Less explored are gender differences in civic talk, especially in Malaysia. According to Casey A. Klofstad (2010), civic talk is the informal discussion of politics and current events that occurs within a social network of peers: the friends, colleagues, family members, and other individuals who are present in our social environment. A total of 30 self-administered survey questionnaires collected from the respondents were usable and included in the analysis. Random sampling was conducted from the sampling frame. Independent t-test was used to analyse. The result of the study showed that there no significant differences between male and female in civic talk engagement. Even though the result of the study never clearly states the differences but it’s indicated that both gender involve in civic talk. The presence of such engagement has been found to be positively associated with youth sense of civic engagement. Additionally, university is an environment where students are able to discuss openly between different opinions. So, universities should create more chances to student’s engagement in civic talk.
Keywords: Gender, Civic talk, Civic engagement