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Article: Opening Up a Road to Somewhere: Associate Degree Students' Generic Capabilities Development in Hong Kong

TitleOpening Up a Road to Somewhere: Associate Degree Students' Generic Capabilities Development in Hong Kong
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Issue Date2014
Citation
International Journal of Lifelong Education., 2014 How to Cite?
AbstractAssociate (community college) degrees have expanded rapidly in the past decade in Hong Kong, but their value has been questioned due to the limited number of government-funded articulation opportunities available. This paper argues that associate degrees in Hong Kong are not valued solely for articulation purposes, but also for nurturing students’ development for future pursuits. This study examined associate degree students’ development longitudinally over the two-year curriculum, and piloted the use of diagnostic instruments for prospective quality assurance. Three hundred associate degree students from Engineering, Marketing and Sociology programmes (N = 113, 128 and 59, respectively) at a community college in Hong Kong completed the student engagement questionnaire at two time points (commencement and graduation). Two-way repeated measure multivariate analysis of variance results suggest a significant interaction effect between Time and Discipline and a main effect of Time on seven dimensions of generic capabilities. It was found that students from Engineering programmes yielded more and larger positive changes in generic capabilities than students of other programmes. Implications of the findings regarding the value and the learning environment of associate degrees are discussed.
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dc.contributor.authorLee, WSWen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-25T02:48:24Z-
dc.date.available2014-06-25T02:48:24Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Lifelong Education., 2014en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198141-
dc.description.abstractAssociate (community college) degrees have expanded rapidly in the past decade in Hong Kong, but their value has been questioned due to the limited number of government-funded articulation opportunities available. This paper argues that associate degrees in Hong Kong are not valued solely for articulation purposes, but also for nurturing students’ development for future pursuits. This study examined associate degree students’ development longitudinally over the two-year curriculum, and piloted the use of diagnostic instruments for prospective quality assurance. Three hundred associate degree students from Engineering, Marketing and Sociology programmes (N = 113, 128 and 59, respectively) at a community college in Hong Kong completed the student engagement questionnaire at two time points (commencement and graduation). Two-way repeated measure multivariate analysis of variance results suggest a significant interaction effect between Time and Discipline and a main effect of Time on seven dimensions of generic capabilities. It was found that students from Engineering programmes yielded more and larger positive changes in generic capabilities than students of other programmes. Implications of the findings regarding the value and the learning environment of associate degrees are discussed.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Lifelong Education.en_US
dc.titleOpening Up a Road to Somewhere: Associate Degree Students' Generic Capabilities Development in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLee, WSW: wincylee@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02601370.2014.909539en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros229668en_US

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