The main purpose of the study is to explore the current status of student participation in club activities in Tamkang University. This study also investigates the differences of student participation, operation and evaluation of club activities based on various demographic variables (ex: gender, college, grade level, accommodation circumstance, educational levels of parents, parental attitude, extracurricular experiences during high school, regular weekly hours for part-time job and surfing on the internet) The relationship among the different participation, operation and evaluation of the students club activities in Tamkang University under different participating various variables (amount, nature, time period, position and weekly hours of the participation) are also discussed. In addition, this study would investigate the capability of various demographic variables in predicting participation, operation and evaluation of club activities.
A self-developed questionnaire regarding the participation, operation and evaluation of club activities for college students was used in this study. The participants of this study were students who participate in various types of student clubs in Tamkang University. The findings of this study are:
1. Students enrolled in colleges of engineering and management, college sophomores and juniors are the majority among those who responded to the questionnaires. 80% of the students participated in club activities during high school, 73.3% of them do not have part time jobs, 97% of them surf the internet regularly. 68.4% of them currently participate in only one student club. Two years of participation dominates most and the weekly participation time is within 8 hours.
2. There are significant differences in the student club participation for different genders, colleges, grade levels, accommodation circumstances, parental attitudes, and the extracurricular experiences during high school. Whether students have regular weekly part-time jobs also affects their participation in club activities.
3. There are significant differences in the association management for students clubs among different colleges, grade levels, parental attitudes, whether students surf on the Internet, the nature of club participation and weekly hours of the participation.
4. There are significant differences in students’ viewpoints the administrative resources for students clubs among students in different grade levels, educational levels of the parents, parental attitudes, time periods, position and weekly hours of the participation.
5. There are remarkable differences in all levels of the social association evaluation of students in the social association in different attended college, year and parents’ attitude.
6. There are significant differences in aspects of “ growth and development”, “human interaction”, “diversification learning” and “ development of professional capability” of students’ evaluation of club activities with different nature, time period, position and weekly hours of the participation.
7. The operation of student clubs and students’ evaluation of club activities appear to be positively relevant.
8. The managerial factors of club operation can most effectively predict students’ evaluation of their club experiences.