Nguyen Minh Quang* nmquang@ctu.edu.vn Can Tho University 3/2 Road, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho city, Vietnam
Quach Thi Lan Phuong phuongb1901333@student.ctu.edu.vn Can Tho University 3/2 Road, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho city, Vietnam
Le Minh Hieu hieu.mef@gmail.com Mekong Environment Forrum 40M/2 KV3, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho city, Vietnam
Nguyen Pham Ngoc Thien npnthien@agu.edu.vn An Giang University Ung Van Khiem street, Long Xuyen city, An Giang province, Vietnam
Fieldwork, a critical part of curricula, matters for enhancing professional skills and global competency that UNESCO defines for 21stcentury citizens. However, participation and performance in field studies are believed to be different and disproportionate among students. Using surveys of 204 undergraduate students specializing in different disciplines at Can Tho University, this paper seeks to understand this problem by exploring the determinants influencing students’ fieldwork activities. Data analyses showed that 4 out of 12 proposed factors in construction engineering s have significant impacts on students’ fieldwork security and effectiveness, including incentive policy (mean = 4.21), geographical settings (mean = 4.09), social contexts (mean = 4.09), and student health status (mean = 4.36). These factors are generally underrepresented in recent studies geographically focusing on Western countries that emphasize the influence of gender, fieldwork experience, attitudes of fieldwork, financial capacity, and political contexts. Our findings suggest that field studies should be institutionalized and mainstreamed across degree programs and incentive policies, fieldworkrelated materials, and training programs should be in place. These may help improve students’ confidence and preparedness for fieldwork activities in different contexts, from home and abroad.
Can Tho University
field research security
global competency
student mobility

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