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Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2020, Vol. 16(1) 223-236

University Students’ Social Capital, Social Media Usage and Democratic Citizenship Behaviours

İsmail Acun

pp. 223 - 236   |  DOI:   |  Manu. Number: MANU-1910-30-0002

Published online: February 09, 2020  |   Number of Views: 201  |  Number of Download: 772


The aim of the study is to investigate the relationship between university students’ level of democratic citizenship behaviors and their social media usage through social capital theory. University students’ involvements in democratic issues are both affected by and happens though social media due to the rapid developments in mobile technologies. Thus, it is worthwhile to explore its effect. The study utilized a quantitative approach for both data collection and analysis. The participants of the study were students of Turkish state universities. The total number of the students involved in the study was 2253. The data was gathered by 7 scales developed for the study. One of the scales was yes/no type and the rest were Likert type scales. The data was subjected to stepwise regression analysis. Among all the variables that were in regression models, it appears that ‘trust’ is the most important single variable in explaining students’ different citizenship behaviors. 

Keywords: Social media, social capital, democratic citizenship

How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Acun, I. (2020). University Students’ Social Capital, Social Media Usage and Democratic Citizenship Behaviours . International Journal of Progressive Education, 16(1), 223-236. doi: 10.29329/ijpe.2020.228.16

Acun, I. (2020). University Students’ Social Capital, Social Media Usage and Democratic Citizenship Behaviours . International Journal of Progressive Education, 16(1), pp. 223-236.

Chicago 16th edition
Acun, Ismail (2020). "University Students’ Social Capital, Social Media Usage and Democratic Citizenship Behaviours ". International Journal of Progressive Education 16 (1):223-236. doi:10.29329/ijpe.2020.228.16.

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