To Explore the Educational Experiences of Full-time Yi Jin Diploma Students in a Self-financing Institution in Hong Kong

Philoria Li Li NG
Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom


The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the educational experiences of full-time Yi Jin Diploma (YJD) students in a self-financing institution in Hong Kong. This enquiry has grown out of my interest in youth development, my experience as an administrator in higher education providing education in YJD and a former board member in a charity group providing services and support for local disadvantaged youth.

This study selects the YJD students because they represent the secondary school leavers that have not attained the overall pass in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination. This examination is an important milestone as it serves as a prerequisite examination for the secondary school qualification as well as an entrance examination to higher education. By enrolling in YJD, the students are seeking a second opportunity which at completion will gain them a qualification equivalent to pass of HKDSE examination.

This study adopts the concept of Bourdieu's habitus and the notion of field to inform the influence of the interplay of home based habitus and the field of education that shaped the YJD students' educational experiences. The design strategy for this study is a narrative approach. At the heart of this narrative enquiry is a desire to unveil the YJD students' stories on their education journey in the past, present and to the future.

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