The article aims at investigating Italian academics’ Public Engagement highlighting its two dimensions, namely “Local Community Engagement” (LCE) and “General Political Engagement” (GPE). It is based on the results of a national survey on academics’ third mission activities carried out in the year 2015/2016 collecting information from a representative sample of 5,123 respondents working at 62 universities, with a response rate of 34.2%. In addition to detecting distinct dimensions of academics’ Public Engagement, data analysis shows that Italian academics are much more involved in LCE activities than in GPE ones. Although both LCE and GPE are influenced by many common factors, such as academic rank, discipline and being involved in other third mission activities, they also display peculiar traits: LCE activities are more likely to involve academic women while GPE are more likely to be carried out by older academics; LCE activities appear to be context-dependent while GPE activities are not. Hence, the article offers a contribution to a better understanding of the different goals of Public Engagement activities and of their spatial dimension.

The two dimensions of Italian academics’ public engagement

Anzivino M.
;
Ceravolo F. A.;Rostan M.
2020

Abstract

The article aims at investigating Italian academics’ Public Engagement highlighting its two dimensions, namely “Local Community Engagement” (LCE) and “General Political Engagement” (GPE). It is based on the results of a national survey on academics’ third mission activities carried out in the year 2015/2016 collecting information from a representative sample of 5,123 respondents working at 62 universities, with a response rate of 34.2%. In addition to detecting distinct dimensions of academics’ Public Engagement, data analysis shows that Italian academics are much more involved in LCE activities than in GPE ones. Although both LCE and GPE are influenced by many common factors, such as academic rank, discipline and being involved in other third mission activities, they also display peculiar traits: LCE activities are more likely to involve academic women while GPE are more likely to be carried out by older academics; LCE activities appear to be context-dependent while GPE activities are not. Hence, the article offers a contribution to a better understanding of the different goals of Public Engagement activities and of their spatial dimension.
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/11571/1353674
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 3
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 3
social impact