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Title: An investigation of the key stakeholders' preferences into the curriculum of the Associate Degree in Hong Kong
Author: Cheng, Eric Shing-kwong
ISNI:       0000 0001 3541 5853
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2006
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The aim of the dissertation is to assess the views of the key stakeholders regarding the relevance of the existing Associate Degree curriculum with special reference to the construction-related curriculum at CityU where the researcher works. The dissertation reports on original research into the views of stakeholders concerning the development of the existing AD curricula: a series of semistructured interviews were conducted with the Program Leaders; a survey questionnaire was administered to 599 employers in Hong Kong who have previously recruited some of our graduates; this was followed up with a series of semi-structured interviews with employers and graduates; and, with semi-structured interviews with office-bearers of professional bodies. The main findings are that the AD curriculum which contains vocational skills also includes an increasing number of general education skills, but they are not made explicit in the course content. Although employers in Hong Kong view general skills as equally important to vocational skills, the latter are viewed as essential to begin employment. When asked to postulate on the situation in four years time, employers are of the view that general education skills will gain in significance. However, it is argued in the thesis that Hong Kong's economy and employment needs are changing as part of the trend towards globalization. Therefore, the AD curriculum must be based on the perceived new role of the work force, so as to preserve the vocational skills but instill more general skills in order to meet the exp ectations of the employers and the professional bodies. The study will hope to contribute to a better understanding of the skills content in the curriculum for construction and in so doing, provide a case study that may be of relevance for related AD curricula.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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