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Title: THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC SPACES ON SOCIAL CAPITAL IN A TERTIARY EDUCATION INSTITUTION
Authors: WEE JIN HAN GLENDON
Keywords: SDE
Tay Kah Poh
Social Capital
Public Spaces
Tertiary Education Institution
NUS
Real Estate
RE
2013/2014 RE
Issue Date: 8-May-2014
Citation: WEE JIN HAN GLENDON (2014-05-08). THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC SPACES ON SOCIAL CAPITAL IN A TERTIARY EDUCATION INSTITUTION. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: As university students become more detached from their school environments, the levels of social capital between them have diminished over time. As a result, the student community has drifted apart and instances of social exclusivity have risen from the social disintegration caused by the lack of interaction between students. This study explores the impacts that public spaces have on the levels of social capital between students from the National University of Singapore. It will determine the roles of these built environments as instruments in stimulating social capital between students. Furthermore, we will investigate the characteristics of these public spaces and determine why some places are more popular destinations than others. A qualitative research was carried out by reviewing previous literature to understand our topic of research and to uncover potential areas of investigation. Thereafter, observations were held at these public spaces to better understand the physical attributes of the place and the visitorship demographics. Online surveys were then distributed to students to gather information that will facilitate our understanding of our research question. Subsequently, we conducted personal interviews to gain greater depth to questions unanswered and analyzed all data collected through mixed-method research evaluation. The findings of our study affirmed that public spaces in the university were effective in promoting social capital among friends in school but not between students who were unfamiliar with one another. It also highlighted that these public spaces fulfill the social needs of students and that they were purpose-driven when making trips to these places.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/223725
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