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Shek D.T.L.,Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Shek D.T.L.,East China Normal University | Shek D.T.L.,Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau
Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology | Year: 2014

Study Objectives: Empirical studies investigating the inter-relationships among subjective outcomes and objective outcomes are sparse in the scientific literature. This study examined the relationship between these 2 forms of outcome evaluation data in Chinese adolescents, utilizing longitudinal data. Design: In Wave 3 and Wave 4 of a randomized group trial, 2,784 Chinese secondary school students responded to the Chinese Positive Youth Development Scale (CPYDS) assessing objective outcome at pretest (Wave 3) and posttest (Wave 4). Students in the experimental schools also responded to a measure of client satisfaction assessing the subjective outcome of a positive youth development program at posttest (Wave 4). Results: Subjective outcome evaluation measures (eg, process, program, and effectiveness) at Wave 3 were significantly correlated with CPYDS scores at Wave 4 and difference scores. Subjective outcome evaluation measures also predicted changes in the objective outcome evaluation measures scores across time. Conclusions: The present findings replicated the previous findings that subjective outcome and objective outcome evaluation findings were intimately related, and subjective outcome measures predicted posttest measures and their changes over time. The present study suggests that subjective outcome evaluation findings may yield useful information regarding program effectiveness in youth work settings. © 2014 North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Source


Shek D.T.L.,Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Shek D.T.L.,Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau | Shek D.T.L.,University of Kentucky | Sun R.C.F.,University of Hong Kong
Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology | Year: 2013

We review, a multi-year positive youth development program entitled " P.A.T.H.S. to Adulthood: A Jockey Club Youth Enhancement Scheme" (Project P.A.T.H.S.), which was initiated and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust with the involvement of 5 universities in Hong Kong, is described. The Research Team developed curricula-based positive youth development programs for junior secondary school students (20 hours per grade) and designed training programs for the potential program implementers (20 hours per grade). Roughly half of the secondary schools and more than 200,000 students in Hong Kong joined the program. Multiple evaluation strategies including objective outcome evaluation, subjective outcome evaluation, secondary data analyses, process evaluation, interim evaluation, qualitative evaluation based on focus groups, student weekly diaries, case studies, and repertory grid method were employed. Existing evaluation findings revealed that different stakeholders had positive perceptions of the program, workers, and benefits of the program. Results also showed that the program was effective in promoting holistic positive youth development and reducing risk behavior in Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong. © 2013 North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Source


Shek D.T.L.,Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Shek D.T.L.,Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau | Shek D.T.L.,University of Kentucky | Sun R.C.F.,University of Hong Kong
International Journal on Disability and Human Development | Year: 2012

To understand the implementation quality of a general education course at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, process evaluation was carried out for 14 lectures, with each lecture being observed by two observers. Results showed that the average level of program adherence was high (85.71 %). High implementation quality of the program in the areas of student interest, classroom control, use of interactive delivery method, use of strategies to enhance student motivation, opportunity for refl ection, degree of achievement of the objectives, quality of preparation, overall implementation quality and success of implementation was observed. Results also showed that different aspects of the program implementation contributed to the high quality and success of the program. The present fi ndings provide support for the implementation quality of the course in a university setting. © 2012 by Walter de Gruyter · Berlin · Boston. Source


Shek D.T.L.,Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Shek D.T.L.,Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau | Shek D.T.L.,University of Kentucky | Sun R.C.F.,University of Hong Kong
International Journal on Disability and Human Development | Year: 2012

At The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a two-credit general education course entitled "Tomorrow's Leaders" was developed to promote intra- and interpersonal competencies in university students. The course was piloted in four classes of students in the 2010/11 academic year. Pre-test and posttest data utilizing the Chinese Positive Youth Development Scale (CPYDS) were collected from 50 students taking the course. Positive changes in the program participants based on the total scale and subscale scores were observed. The present study provides pioneering support for the effectiveness of the course in promoting holistic development of Chinese university students in Hong Kong. © 2012 by Walter de Gruyter · Berlin · Boston. Source


Shek D.T.L.,Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Shek D.T.L.,Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau | Shek D.T.L.,University of Kentucky | Sun R.C.F.,University of Hong Kong
International Journal on Disability and Human Development | Year: 2012

Qualitative evaluation was carried out to understand the perceptions of the students taking a course entitled "Tomorrow's Leaders" at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Based on the refl ections of 189 students, results showed that most informants used positive descriptors to describe the course. When the informants were invited to name a metaphor that could stand for the course, the related metaphors were basically positive in nature. Intra- and inter-rater reliability analyses revealed that the coding of the positive or negative nature of the responses was reliable. The present study provides qualitative evaluation fi ndings supporting the effectiveness of this course in promoting holistic development in Chinese university students in Hong Kong. © 2012 by Walter de Gruyter · Berlin · Boston. Source

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