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Title: Qualitative evaluation of general university requirements in a new 4-year university curriculum : findings based on experiences of students
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Yu, L 
Wu, FKY 
Ng, CSM 
Chai, WY 
Keywords: Chinese
General education
Program evaluation
Qualitative study
University education
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Source: International journal of adolescent medicine and health, 2017, v. 29, no. 1, p. 91-102 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of adolescent medicine and health 
Abstract: Following the North American model, the length of undergraduate program in Hong Kong has been extended from 3 to 4 years since 2012. To maximize the impact of the additional year, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has implemented a new general education framework entitled ""General University Requirements (GUR)"" aiming to cultivate students in a holistic manner. This study explored students' impressions of the GUR subjects using a survey collecting primarily qualitative data. Results from 163 students of eight faculties showed that students perceived the GUR subjects favorably. Having opportunities to make new friends from other departments and the teaching and learning methods, particularly experiential learning stimulated students' interest and enriched their learning experiences which were reportedly are unforgettable. Some of the obstacles encountered by students in several subjects were identified. The beneficial effects of the GUR subjects in different domains were voiced by the students.
ISSN: 0334-0139
EISSN: 2191-0278
DOI: 10.1515/ijamh-2017-3012
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