Teachers' views of a new general education program in Hong Kong: A qualitative study

Tan Lei Daniel SHEK, Lu YU, Florence K. Y. WU, Wen Y. CHAI

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Under the new education reform in Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has expanded its undergraduate education from 3 to 4 years since the 2012–2013 academic year. Along with the transition, the General University Requirements (GUR) has been developed as an integral part on general education of the new 4-year undergraduate curriculum of PolyU. The present study examined the implementation quality and effectiveness of the GUR in the 2012–2013 academic year based on focus group interviews with teachers. Twenty teachers who taught GUR subjects were interviewed for their perceptions and experiences about the GUR. Results revealed that the teachers generally had positive perceptions of the GUR in terms of its rationales, teaching and learning modes, and implementation quality. GUR subjects were also considered effective in helping students to develop in a holistic manner. The findings suggest that the first-year implementation of the GUR at PolyU was basically successful. Copyright © 2017 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-65
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number1
Early online date14 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


Hong Kong
Focus Groups


Chai, W.Y., Shek, T.L.D., Yu, L. & Wu, K.Y.F. (2017). Teachers' views of a new general education program in Hong Kong: A qualitative study. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 29(1), 57-65. doi: 10.1515/ijamh-2017-3008


  • General education
  • Hong Kong
  • Qualitative evaluation
  • Teacher focus group
  • Undergraduate education