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Title: General University Requirements at Hong Kong Polytechnic University: evaluation findings based on student focus groups
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Yu, L 
Wu, FKY 
Chai, WY 
Issue Date: 2015
Source: Assessment and evaluation in higher education, 2015, v. 40, no. 8, p. 1017-1031
Abstract: Under the new four-year undergraduate programme, a general education framework titled ‘General University Requirements’ (GUR) has been developed and implemented since 2012/2013 at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). To evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of the GUR in its first year, focus group interviews with students were carried out. In 13 focus groups, 62 first-year students from eight faculties/schools who took GUR subjects in 2012/2013 academic year were interviewed by trained researchers. Results showed that students generally had good perceptions of the GUR in terms of the subject content, teaching methods and the overall effectiveness of the subjects. The interactive teaching and learning initiatives adopted in GUR subjects were particularly appreciated, although students expressed minor concerns on the administration of GUR subjects. The results suggest that the first-year implementation of the GUR at PolyU was generally smooth and successful from the perspectives of the students.
Keywords: Focus group
General education
Hong Kong
Undergraduate education
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Journal: Assessment and evaluation in higher education 
ISSN: 0260-2938
EISSN: 1469-297X
DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2014.960362
Rights: © 2014 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis.
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The following publication Daniel Tan Lei Shek, Lu Yu, Florence Ka Yu Wu & Wen Yu Chai (2015) General University Requirements at Hong Kong Polytechnic University: evaluation findings based on student focus groups, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 40:8, 1017-1031 is available at
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