Development of L&T
The basic philosophy underlying the new undergraduate curriculum is that every graduate must demonstrate depth in professional and specialist knowledge and skills as well as a breadth of general knowledge. This combination will contribute to broader development to meet future challenges. It will also represent the core competence of prospective education professionals.
The existing undergraduate programme will be further enhanced by making use of the opportunities provided by the extra year of undergraduate study from 2012 onwards. In addition to the courses in majors and electives, students have to enhance their knowledge as required in the Four Pillars (see the diagram below), namely Overseas Learning Opportunities, Co-curricular Learning, General Education, and Language Enhancement.
Overseas Learning Opportunities
EdUHK students are given numerous opportunities for study and work abroad. From widening perspectives to increasing cultural awareness, students can choose Student Exchange Programmes (SEP), International Summer School, Summer Programme@Partner Institutions and Short-term Study Visits. Apart from study, Internship is arranged giving them exposure to the workplace beyond the educational sector and developing open attitudes towards cultural diversity.
To align with the University’s new 334/5 curriculum, it was emphasised that one of the characteristics of the new undergraduate curriculum should foster the whole person development of EdUHK undergraduate students. To enable students to undergo holistic development throughout their periods of study at the University, a compulsory 3-credit-point (cp) Co-curricular and Service Learning (CSL) course was introduced to all undergraduates in 4-year full-time non-Bachelor of Education (BEd) programmes and 5-year full-time BEd programmes during their periods of study. (Please click here for details.)
The General Education programme for all undergraduates will consist of three domains: General Education Foundation Course, General Education Breadth Courses and General Education Consolidation Course. A set of generic learning outcomes of General Education (GELOs) has been developed, namely Knowledge, Application, Judgments, expression, and Awareness. (Please click here for details.)
The University attaches high importance to nurturing graduates’ language proficiency in Cantonese, English and Putonghua. Under the new language policy framework, full-time undergraduate students will be required to satisfy language exit requirements. To help them meet the requirements, a variety of language enhancement programmes and services is provided for improving their trilingual proficiency, including Language Immersion, International Tutors, Learning Putonghua@home with EdUHK, and Cantonese Enhancement programme for non-Cantonese speaking students.
For students of teacher education programmes, they are required to conduct Field Experience (as one of the graduation requirements) during their studies.
Student teachers are provided with a range of experiences, which may include visits to a variety of educational institutions and school attachments. These activities aim to provide student teachers with an increasing involvement in schools. The main component of field experience, however, consists of sustained periods of block teaching practice. Student teachers move from assisting a teacher in the classroom and working with individuals or small groups of pupils, to eventually teaching a whole class. (Please click here for details.)
Outcome-based education initiative
EdUHK has focused its outcome-based education initiative on one essential question: “What do we want our students to know, be able to do, and value as life-long learners?” In answering this question, we focus on the development of outcomes at multiple levels: Generic Intended Learning Outcomes (GILOs) that represent the institution’s expectations of all students, Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) that speak to the distinctive dispositions expected from degree graduates, Discipline/Subject Intended Learning Outcomes (DILOs/SILOs) that are discipline-specific and course outcomes, Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) which measures students’ achievements by the end of the course. All of them are the directly measurable manifestation of student achievement. (Please click here for details.)
With the key objectives of nurturing engaged and reflective learners, ePortfolio is implemented to offer a platform for students to manage, monitor and reflect upon their own learning during their study at EdUHK. Students are required to use ePortfolio to document their formal and informal learning experiences in General Education, Language Enhancement, Co-curricular Learning and Overseas Exchange Opportunities. Students who are enrolled in teacher education programmes would also use ePortfolio for their Field Experience. Building the ePortfolio provides students with opportunities to consolidate and internalize the knowledge and skills acquired in the learning activities. (Please click here for details.)