A focus group evaluation of teachers’ views concerning a new general education program

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Abstract

Using teachers’ focus group interviews (n = 40), this study examined the impact of the General University Requirements (GUR) implemented at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Results showed that teachers were generally satisfied with the GUR subjects and its implementation in its second year. Teachers regarded the design of GUR subjects was good and the students generally welcomed the subjects. Interactive teaching and learning methods adopted in GUR subjects such as fieldwork, hands-on project, and team debate were highly appreciated by the respondents. Teachers also reflected that the GUR had promoted the intrapersonal and interpersonal development of the students. However, several challenges were also reported by teachers, including the difficulty level of Freshman Seminar subjects and lack of interaction in some GUR subjects, which suggested directions for further improvements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversity Students
Subtitle of host publicationPromotion of Holistic Development in Hong Kong
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages221-236
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781536125375
ISBN (Print)9781536125351
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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