The development of undergraduate university students

Daniel T. L. SHEK*, Wen Yu CHAI, Huijing LU, Lu YU*, Kevin HW CHAN, Wynants WL HO, Cecilia MS MA, Florence KY WU, Hildie LEUNG, Li LIN, Moon LAW

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Using a longitudinal case study approach, this study investigated students’ development in their undergraduate years and perceptions of the “General University Requirements” (GUR) in the new four-year undergraduate curriculum of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Forty-two students enrolled in the new curriculum were invited to participate in yearly interviews, with 42, 31, 20, 23 students finally completed the yearly interviews from Year 1 to Year 4, respectively. Students’ views in different academic years systematically indicated that the GUR program helped to promote students’ development in a holistic manner, particularly with reference to the development of PolyU desired graduate attributes, knowledge broadening, and mental health promotion. Students’ views towards different GUR subjects and the overall university education were also positive. Meanwhile, some challenges mentioned by students were noted for further improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversity Students: Promotion of Holistic Development in Hong Kong
EditorsDaniel T.L. SHEK, Lu YU, Joav MERRICK
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781536125375
ISBN (Print)9781536125351
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePublic Health: Practices, Methods and Policies
PublisherNova Science Publishers


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