General education program in a new 4-year university curriculum in Hong Kong: Findings based on multiple evaluation strategies

Daniel T. L. SHEK, Lu YU, Florence K. Y. WU, Sau Man Catalina NG

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Abstract

Since the 2012−2013 academic year, undergraduate programs in Hong Kong have been changed from 3 years to 4 years, with the additional year focusing primarily on general education. A new general education framework entitled General University Requirements (GUR) implemented at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) was examined in a 5-year longitudinal project. Based on different evaluation strategies, including objective outcome evaluation, subjective outcome evaluation and qualitative evaluation (focus groups, case studies, and document analyses), findings consistently showed that students had positive perceptions of the subject content, teachers as well as teaching and learning methods in GUR subjects. A large majority of students perceived that the GUR subjects were effective in promoting the five desirable graduate attributes defined by PolyU (i.e. problem solving, critical thinking ability, effective communication, ethical leadership, and lifelong learning). Copyright ©2015 by De Gruyter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-384
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Volume14
Issue number4
Early online dateSep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Shek, D. T. L., Lu, Y., Wu, F. K. Y., & Ng, C. S. M. (2015). General education program in a new 4-year university curriculum in Hong Kong: findings based on multiple evaluation strategies. International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 14(4), 377-384. doi: 10.1515/ijdhd-2015-0459.

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