Literacies in the humanities: The student voice

Carmel McNaught, Sarah S.W. Ng, Helen Chow

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Humanities includes a diverse range of disciplines in which little literature has explored in any depth the desired learning outcomes. This study was designed to articulate and illustrate learning outcomes in the humanities from students' voices and work. Undergraduate students in their final year, postgraduate students and recent alumni from the Faculty of Arts at a Hong Kong university were interviewed individually or in groups of three to four. They discussed their desired and actual learning outcomes in three areas: the overall university experience, studying in the humanities and their studies in their specific majors. The students' comments were grouped into 16 categories of description. Seventy-three pieces of student work were collected and matched to the 16 categories to illustrate students' perceptions. A common set of qualities was found in all the humanities programmes. The findings have been helpful in bringing the student voice into internal discussions about outcomes-based approaches to teaching and learning and how these approaches relate to internal quality-assurance and curriculum-change processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-154
Number of pages16
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • assessment artefacts
  • graduate learning outcomes
  • humanities
  • student voice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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