The role of teachers in youth development: Reflections of students

Tan Lei Shek, Ka Yu Florence Wu

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The purpose of this chapter was to examine students' reflections on a subject on leadership and intrapersonal development at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Based on 66 personal reflections collected, the data were analyzed using the "framework analysis" methodology. The respondents generally showed positive attitudes towards the subject and the lecturers and they perceived that the subject promoted their overall development in different domains. With particular reference to their reflections on the instructors teaching the subject, several emerging themes were identified, including a) caring and supportive attitude, b) professional pedagogical arrangements, and c) personal engagements and connections. Exemplars are presented in this paper to support the conclusions. The findings are in line with previous research that teachers play an important role in positive youth development programs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTomorrow's Leaders
Subtitle of host publicationService Leadership and Holistic Development in Chinese University Students
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781633219434
ISBN (Print)9781633218802
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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