The Case Study on the Freshmen’s Self-assessment on the Indicators of Character and Beliefs Cultivated by the Experiential Education


This case of the University of Science and Technology mainly explores the 2020 cohort of freshmen' recognition of the importance indicators of character and beliefs and their self-assessment on the degree of enhancing character and beliefs after participating in the experiential learning activities.The objects of this study are the freshmen who enrolled in 2020, experienced the experiential education activities and received the questionnaires for the assessment. The questionnaires were actually distributed to them in the experiential fields for nine weeks from September to November 2020. A total of 296 valid questionnaires were collected. The freshman in 11 departments completed the experience activities. The results find that the top three indicators ranked in accordance with the freshmen' recognition importance of the six major indicators are: actively helping others, self-belief, communication, cooperation. The top three indicators that were enhanced after experiencing the experiential education activities are: actively helping others, communication and cooperation, achievement motivation. This study further explores the freshmen's participation in the experiential education activities organized by the University by employing the Importance Performance Analysis (IPA).The indicators that fall into Quadrant II represents that they are recognized by the students as very important, but the freshmen failed to enhance the following abilities by participating in the experiential education activities: I am willing to share what I have; I am willing to challenge the difficult things. This study can provide reference for the improvement of the freshmen's experiential education activities organized by the University of Science and Technology every year.

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Pei Wen Liao, Hsiuping University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

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Conference: ACEID2021
Stream: Learning Experiences

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