The perceptions of teachers of the new general education curriculum in Hong Kong

Tan Lei Shek, Catherine W.Y. Chai, Ka Yu Florence Wu

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Through focus group interview, this chapter explored teachers’ perceptions and experiences of the general university requirements (GUR) in the new four-year undergraduate degree program of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. A total of 52 colleagues involved in teaching and coordination work participated in focus group interviews. Eight focus group sessions were formed to understand the views of teachers on the eight GUR curriculum components. Results showed that teachers generally had positive views of subject content as well as student learning and engagement. Teachers also demonstrated deeper understanding of teaching with active involvement. Teachers also had gained multidisciplinary working experience through teaching GUR subjects. Teachers perceived their subjects and related teaching as beneficial to students’ all-round development, particularly in communication, critical thinking, confidence and self-esteem.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversity Students
Subtitle of host publicationPromotion of Holistic Development in Hong Kong
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781536125375
ISBN (Print)9781536125351
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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