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  • Dec 22 2017 >

    Dr Gary Wong and his PhD student received IEEE TALE 2017 Best Paper Award MoreClose

    We are pleased to tell you that Dr Gary Wong and his PhD student, Ms Joyce Jiang, received a Best Paper Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) 2017.

    The paper is entitled Assessing primary school students' intrinsic motivation of computational thinking. It examined the psychometric properties of a revised Intrinsic Motivation Inventory, a self-report instrument used to assess participants’ experience regarding a particular activity, in the context of computational thinking learning. Four hundred students from 4th grade participated in the pilot study. The study found that primary school students showed moderate to high motivation to learn computational thinking through programming and CS Unplugged, a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles. Factor analysis revealed that both a single factor model and a multifactor model had good fit indices. However, discriminant validity of multifactor model was poor, suggesting the existence of one general factor.

    The paper was selected from 185 submissions and was one of the three papers receiving a Best Paper Award.

    The conference was held during December 12 to 14, 2017 with the Education University of Hong Kong as host, and the event was co-organized with the IEEE Education Society and IEEE Hong Kong Section (Education Chapter).

  • Dec 22 2017 >

    Recipients of University Early Career Teaching Awards 2017 MoreClose

    Congratulations to Dr Kennedy Chan and Mrs Chan Pun Kit Ling on being selected from nominees across the university to receive Early Career Teaching Awards for 2017.

    The Selection Panel was deeply impressed with the awardees’ dedication to teaching, their tireless and creative efforts to make learning enjoyable and challenging, and the impact that they have had on their students’ learning.

    This is the first time colleagues from our Faculty have been recognised for excellent teaching by receipt of this award; it is richly deserved.

    The presentation ceremony will be held on March 26, 2018 (Monday). Please support our colleagues and the other awardees at the ceremony.

  • Dec 16 2017 >

    Supplementary Education: Identifying and Crossing Boundaries MoreClose

    On December 9 and 10, 2017, the Faculty’s Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC) hosted a significant Policy Forum entitled “Public-Private Partnerships in Supplementary Education: Sharing Experiences in East Asian Contexts”. The event was co-hosted by UNESCO, and attended by 53 participants from governments, industry, schools, associations of supplementary education providers and research institutions from Hong Kong, Japan, Mainland China, and the Republic of Korea.

    The starting point was recognition that boundaries in education are less firm than before. Traditionally, formal schooling has been the responsibility and domain of the public sector, but recent decades have brought a flourishing private sector to supplementary education. Most obvious is the academic form, provided by companies of all sizes.

    “This was a unique gathering”, remarked Mark Bray, the Faculty’s UNESCO Chair Professor in Comparative Education. “It is breaking new conceptual ground”, he added, “not only in the four jurisdictions but also globally.” The University, he pointed out, provides a neutral arena in which stakeholders can discuss sensitive topics to identify ways forward in the service of the common good.

    Sets of experiences were placed into the arena for discussion and mutual learning by the participants. They noted that governments were considering whether regulation could be minimised if supplementary education providers engage in self-regulation. Participants heard various examples highlighting ways in which all stakeholders could follow their own mandates while still offering optimal service to clients.

    Following the forum, UNESCO will use its global platform to disseminate the East Asian findings to the wider community.

    Participants from Four Jurisdictions


    Industry and government representatives discussing with Professor Mark Bray

    From left to right: Mr Bai Yunfeng (President, Tomorrow Advancing Life, Beijing); Mr Lu Yunquan (Head, Haidian Education Commission, Beijing); Professor Mark Bray (HKU)

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