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Title: Evaluation of the general university requirements : what did students say?
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Yu, L 
Chai, WY 
Issue Date: 2017
Source: International journal of adolescent medicine and health, 2017, v. 29, no. 1, p. 75-82
Abstract: The General University Requirements (GUR) is the core general education component of the new 4-year undergraduate curriculum at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) commencing from the 2012/2013 academic year. The major objective of the GUR is to widen students' horizons and promote their holistic development in their undergraduate years. To evaluate the perceived effectiveness of the GUR in its second year implementation, 18 focus group interviews (n=74 students) were conducted in the 2013/2014 academic year. Findings showed that subjects under the GUR framework were overall welcomed by students for the well-designed subject contents, dedicated teaching staff, and collaborative and experiential learning methods. Students perceived that the GUR was beneficial to their development in effective communication, critical thinking, problem solving, lifelong learning, and ethical leadership. Some challenges encountered by students were noted to further revamp the GUR curriculum in the future.
Keywords: Focus group
General education
Higher education
Hong Kong
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Journal: International journal of adolescent medicine and health 
ISSN: 0334-0139
EISSN: 2191-0278
DOI: 10.1515/ijamh-2017-3010
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