Analysis of Benefits to Young Rail Enthusiasts of Participating in Extracurricular Academic Activities.

Fraszczyk, Anna, Dungworth, J and Marinov, Marin (2015). Analysis of Benefits to Young Rail Enthusiasts of Participating in Extracurricular Academic Activities. Social Sciences, 4 (4), 967–986.

Abstract

The paper examines a number of positive academic outcomes achieved by university students who, as young rail enthusiasts representing over 10 European institutions, took part in extracurricular rail-related academic activities. Analyses presented in the paper are based on the evaluation of the responses to the questionnaire distributed amongst participants of three consecutive editions of an intensive program in rail and logistics which took place in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Also, quotes from follow-up one-to-one interviews with participants are used to support the results presented. The sample for each year varies in terms of numbers, nationalities, academic backgrounds, and male:female ratio. Academic benefits are specifically looked into, which includes teaching and learning activities throughout the three weeks of the program. The analysis of results revealed that young rail enthusiasts who participated in the program benefited from lectures delivered in Week 1, especially those focused on multimodal transport and rail infrastructure in 2013, which received positive mean ratings of 4.45 and 4.53, respectively, on a five-point Likert scale. Moreover, academic benefits were strongly supported by non-technical skills improvements in areas such as English language and communication, both reaching the mean ratings of 4.35 or above in 2014. A number of recommendations for improvements of next editions of similar rail-related programs as well as areas for future research are identified in the paper.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci4040967
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering systems & management
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Sciences(all)
Full Text Link:
Related URLs: https://www.mdp ... 76-0760/4/4/967 (Publisher URL)
Published Date: 2015-10-05
Authors: Fraszczyk, Anna
Dungworth, J
Marinov, Marin

Download

[img]

Version: Published Version

License: Creative Commons Attribution

| Preview

Export / Share Citation


Statistics

Additional statistics for this record