An exploration of high school students' perspectives on critical thinking and creativity in the Health Management and Social Care subject

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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This study explored students' perspectives on the abilities acquired through a subject called Health Management and Social Care (HMSC), which was launched under Hong Kong's new senior secondary curriculum. The first public examination for the subject was conducted in 2012. A qualitative design was adopted in the present study, with focus group interviews carried out with 123 students recruited from seven schools. Two major themes were identified via content analysis: (i) critical thinking and creativity in HMSC; and (ii) applications of critical thinking and creativity in HMSC with two subthemes (a) health/social care promotions on campus and (b) social services in communities. Both the implications and limitations of the study for health-related subjects were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-97
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • adolescents
  • creativity
  • critical thinking
  • health management
  • qualitative research
  • social care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing

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