Associate Degree Sociology Education in Hong Kong: An Exploratory Study Based on Student Focus Groups

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Abstract

This study adopted a case-study approach to examine how associate degree sociology graduates evaluate their learning in a Hong Kong community college. Through focus group interviews, the learning experiences of sociology graduates were examined, specifically paying attention to their identification of enhancements in learning. The results of this examination indicate that the delivery of sociology education requires a strong emphasis on the integration of acquisition of sociology knowledge with social practice. It is important to consider how the curriculum engages the worldview of students beyond the personal and allows them to directly experience the social in a way that reflects what is going on around them. This study contributes to the discussion on the quality of associate degree education in Hong Kong and highlights the centrality of examining the issue from the point of view of students, particularly in the context of outcome-based education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-161
Number of pages12
JournalTeaching Sociology
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Hong Kong community colleges
  • associate degree
  • community college
  • sociology education

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