Community and Self-Efficacy in Higher Education: The Impact of University-Based Musical Theatre Programs on Diverse Student Populations (76223)

Session Information:

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 15:45
Session: Poster
Room: Orion Hall
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This research investigates the impact of a university-based musical theatre program on enhancing self-efficacy among a diverse student body in a higher education setting. Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, the study engaged 40 undergraduate students from various disciplines. Quantitative data were collected pre- and post-program using a validated Self-Efficacy Questionnaire and analyzed through paired-sample t-tests. In addition, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 randomly selected participants for qualitative insights. A comparison group, composed of 20 students who did not participate in the musical theatre program but engaged in standard university courses, was also assessed using the same Self-Efficacy Questionnaire. Preliminary findings demonstrate that involvement in musical theatre significantly enhances self-efficacy across various academic and social parameters. These gains were observed consistently across different student demographics, including those from varied socio-economic, cultural, and academic backgrounds. Qualitative data reveals a synergistic effect on the university community, including increased interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement, further enhancing the program's efficacy. The study suggests that university-based musical theatre programs not only serve to boost individual self-efficacy but also contribute to fostering a sense of community and interdisciplinary engagement within a higher education setting. These findings provide a compelling argument for the inclusion of musical theatre in university curricula as a means of promoting both personal and community development.

Lin Li, University of Mahidol, Thailand
Ni-on Tayrattanachai, University of Mahidol, Thailand

About the Presenter(s)
Ms LIN LI is a University Doctoral Student at University of Mahidol in Thailand

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00