Qualitative evaluation of general university requirements in a new 4-year university curriculum: Findings based on experiences of students

Daniel Tan Lei SHEK, Lu YU, Ka Yu Florence WU, Sau Man Catalina NG, Wenyu CHAI

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Abstract

Following the North American model, the length of undergraduate program in Hong Kong has been extended from 3 to 4 years since 2012. To maximize the impact of the additional year, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has implemented a new general education framework entitled “General University Requirements (GUR)” aiming to cultivate students in a holistic manner. This study explored students’ impressions of the GUR subjects using a survey collecting primarily qualitative data. Results from 163 students of eight faculties showed that students perceived the GUR subjects favorably. Having opportunities to make new friends from other departments and the teaching and learning methods, particularly experiential learning stimulated students’ interest and enriched their learning experiences which were reportedly are unforgettable. Some of the obstacles encountered by students in several subjects were identified. The beneficial effects of the GUR subjects in different domains were voiced by the students. Copyright © 2016 De Gruyter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-102
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Volume29
Issue number1
Early online date14 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2017

Citation

Shek, D. T. L., Yu, L., Wu, F. K. Y., Ng, C. S. M., & Chai, W. Y. (2017). Qualitative evaluation of general university requirements in a new 4-year university curriculum: Findings based on experiences of students. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 29(1), 91-102.

Keywords

  • Chinese
  • General education
  • Program evaluation
  • Qualitative study
  • University education

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