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Developing Social Innovation: Internship


Abstract

This project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of experiential learning initiatives in the Faculty of Social Sciences, notably the internship programme and the summer school programme. By investigating students’ learning experience, the project identifies areas for improvement that can contribute to future programme planning and development, and also enhance programme credibility. In addition, the project helps to support the development of experiential learning programmes in other Faculties by sharing our experience in launching internships and summer school programmes. Our evaluation report provides empirical evidence relating to the pedagogies of experiential learning. As revealed by student evaluation surveys, a majority of students rated their internships positively. More specifically, an overwhelming majority of students indicated the internships could provide opportunities or training for the application of practical and analytical skills, multi-disciplinary knowledge and critical thinking. Overall speaking, the internships mostly achieved the intended learning outcomes. Most students agreed that the internship broadened their perspective and developed a better understanding of people in other cultures. In the meantime, the Faculty had been working hard to improve the interface with external partners for the internships, refine programme features to better facilitate and enhance student experiential learning in the summer school programme, so that the quality of the programmes can be maintained.

Principal Investigator

Professor I. Holliday, Faculty of Social SciencesContact

Project level

University-level project

Project Completion

April 2011

Deliverables (HKU Portal Login Required)

Experiential Learning Survey Report 2009-2010 Download

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