Service-learning from the eyes of university teachers: A qualitative study based on focus groups

Tan Lei Shek, Stephen C.F. Chan

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Under the New Undergraduate Curriculum at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), students are required to take a 3-credit subject to fulfill Service-Learning requirements. To understand the views of teachers on service-learning, five focus groups (N = 33) were conducted to examine the perceived characteristics and myths of servicelearning as well as colleagues’ views on the policy at PolyU. Results showed that most informants had heard about service-learning and they saw the benefits of service-learning to students and teachers. Most informants also had positive views about service-learning. Nevertheless, when service-learning at PolyU was focused upon, three different groups of views on service-learning were observed (positive views, negative views, and mixed views). Teachers’ views on the anticipated difficulties of service-learning implementation and ways to promote the subject in the PolyU context are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPromotion of Holistic Development of Young People in Hong Kong
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781628080407
ISBN (Print)9781628080193
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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