A Lack of Meaningful General Education Courses

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General Education (GE) is defined as "that part of a curriculum that is shared by all students (regardless their original major/profession), provides broad exposure to multiple disciplines, and forms the basis for developing important intellectual and civil capabilities" (Spencer Benson, 2009). With the rapid development of society, the demand of multi-disciplinarily personals is growing dramatically. In order to broaden students’ knowledge and let them respond creatively and seize opportunities to cope with the complexity, change and diversity, many universities among the world are pursuing high qualities of general education. (University of Macau, n.d) In UM, every student needs to take 13 general educational courses chosen from four areas, which are language and communication, science and information technology, society and culture, self-development. However, is general educational succeeding in its goals in UM? Unfortunately, the answer is not. General education is not as effective as we image in our university. One phenomenon we can observe is that there are some students who are absent-minded or sleepy in class. When asked about the important content in textbooks, many students’ answers are far from satisfaction and they even complain that they gain almost nothing meaningful in their general education courses. This discounted situation is a long-standing problem and it should be improved without doubt. You may ask that what the causes of this phenomenon
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