Focus group evaluation of teachers' views on a new general education program in Hong Kong

Tan Lei Shek, Lu Yu, Xinli Chi

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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 projects, and team debates 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
Pages (from-to)67-74
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • focus group
  • general education
  • Hong Kong
  • qualitative evaluation
  • university education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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