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

Tan Lei Shek, Stephen C.F. Chan

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Abstract

Under the New Undergraduate Curriculum at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), students are required to take a 3-credit subject to fulfill servicelearning requirements. To understand the views of teachers regarding service-learning, five focus group interviews (n = 33) are conducted to examine the perceived characteristics and myths of service-learning as well as colleagues' views on the policy at PolyU. Results showed that most informants are aware of service-learning and have seen its benefits to both students and teachers. Most informants also possess positive views about service-learning. Nevertheless, in terms of service-learning at PolyU, three different groups of views on service-learning are observed, namely, positive, negative, and mixed views. This paper also discusses teachers' views on the anticipated difficulties of service-learning implementation and the ways, by which to promote the subject in the PolyU context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-393
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Chinese adolescents
  • focus group
  • qualitative research
  • service-learning
  • university students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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