How adequate are our universities in preparing graduates for the 21st century: Perspective of university students in China

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore university students’ perceptions on the adequacy of university education in preparing them with core competencies for the 21st century. A cross-sectional survey research using a self-report questionnaire involving 40 Likert-type items was used to collect data from 5,042 university students in China who voluntarily participated. Analysis with Rasch rating scale model found the data fitted the Rasch model well. The results showed that Chinese university students considered their universities to be effective in developing most of the competencies explored in this study, especially in basic and professional knowledge but less so in creativity and problem solving. Copyright © 2016 Ivy Publisher. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-165
JournalEducation Research Frontier
Volume6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Citation

Yao, J., & Mok, M. M. C. (2016). How adequate are our universities in preparing graduates for the 21st century? Education Research Frontier, 6(4), 159-165.

Keywords

  • University education
  • Core competencies
  • 21st Century
  • University graduates
  • Rasch model