1992．第7卷（Vol. 7）．pp. 6875
Degree Graduates’ Work Experience as Input to Curriculum Planning: A Methodological Account
B. P. K. LUIS & Fong-Ying YU
The raison d'etre of degree courses at the Hong Kong Polytechnic is based on social and economic demands. One traditional way of assessing whether a course meets an economic need is by the use of graduate employment surveys. Such surveys typically yield information of a workplace-contextual kind, e.g. the length of time needed for graduates to find a job, the salary levels, nature of job and job satisfaction. However, such information has only limited usefulness in assessing the appropriateness of the curriculum of a course. A curriculum is a structure of knowledge with a particular form and content determined by specific objectives. To assess whether it meets economic demands, a new methodology is advanced. A curricular-structural analysis is employed using the statistical procedure of Logit Analysis. The usefulness of individual subjects is assessed against the global usefulness of the curriculum of which they are constituents. The contextual factors impinge on this relationship but variably among different jobs. A mail-cum-telephone questionnaire survey of the recent graduates of five engineering courses analysed by this method yields interesting data on the kinds of relationships existing between subjects and curriculum and on the usefulness of certain subjects. Such an analysis will be a useful tool in curriculum planning.