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Research at the Faculty of Education informs theory, pedagogy/practice and policy. All academic staff are engaged in research; and this engagement is recognised in the Faculty’s stated aim to serve as an educational/research ‘nexus’ between China, Asia and the rest of the world. As a large, unitary Faculty, our research is described as interdisciplinary but with a strong basis in academic disciplines allied with education, pedagogy, professional development, and speech/hearing sciences. Research is organised via: Divisions; within our 6 Research Centres and 2 Consortia; and as an individual focus. In addition, the Faculty hosts the Education Policy Unit.  The Laboratory of Neuroscience for Education is an interdisciplinary unit that crosscuts the traditional boundaries among education, cognitive neuroscience, and other scientific disciplines. At any point in time there are a large number of on-going funded research projectsseminar series, international visitors and distinguished lectures. As researchers, we are actively engaged in local, regional and international collaborations. We maintain an active programme of funded/self-funded research studentships within our MPhil/PhD and EdD programmes.


Research News

  • Jun 6 2018 >

    Our scholars have contributed to the recently published International Handbook of the Learning Sciences MoreClose

    As a pioneering collection in the international field of the learning sciences, the International Handbook of the Learning Sciences involved contributions from more than 100 prominent scholars from 17 countries in four continents. In an interdisciplinary field, the book consists of more than 50 chapters and provides a compendium of past, current, and emerging theoretical and empirical directions for learning sciences research.

    The book captures the research work of Faculty scholars. The chapters: “Knowledge Building: Theory, Design, and Analysis”, authored by Professor Carol Chan and Dr Jan van Aalst, and “Interactional Ethnography” authored by Dr Susan Bridges, and Professor Judith Green of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, are included in the handbook. Professor Nancy Law was a reviewer for the book.

    Professor Law, in her review, commented, “The book captures theoretical advances beyond the established perspectives to address learning at the neural, institutional, and network levels. The wide-ranging innovations in learning environments and research methods make it a valuable resource for established scholars, early-career researchers, and educators interested in research-informed policy and/or practice.”

    The Faculty is proud to contribute to this definitive volume of international learning sciences scholarship and we are committed to maintain high academic and research standards in the field.

    Dr Susan Bridge (right) and Professor Cindy Hmelo-Silver, who is one of the editors of the International Handbook of The Learning Sciences.

  • Apr 26 2018 >
    Mr William Choi Tsun Man

    Our PhD Student has been awarded a Croucher Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research MoreClose

    We are very pleased to announce that Mr William Choi Tsun Man, a PhD student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences of the Faculty of Education, has been awarded a Croucher Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research.

    The award offered by the Croucher Foundation Ltd. was set up to enable applicants who are permanent residents of Hong Kong to undertake full-time research in natural sciences, medicine or technology in approved academic institutions outside Hong Kong.

    William was also awarded a Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Scholarship in 2017 and has been continuing work, begun in the Faculty, on psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic aspects of lexical tone perception at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA since September 2017. He will be submitting his thesis this month.

    Further information about the Croucher Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research can be found at: https://croucher.org.hk/funding/study_awards/postdoctoral_fellowships

    Many congratulations on his outstanding achievements!  

  • Apr 20 2018 >
    Miss Keisha Siriboe and Dr Gary Harfitt

    Recipients of an AERA Outstanding Publication Award 2018 MoreClose

    On April 16, 2018, Miss Keisha Siriboe, our PhD student, and Dr Gary Harfitt received an Outstanding Publication Award 2018 from the Narrative Research Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) during the AERA Annual Meeting in New York, USA.

    The Outstanding Publication Award was established to recognize national and international scholars whose research publication contributes to narrative research in terms of the research design and research methodology.

    Their article entitled, A Parental perspective of school and familial curriculum making: a narrative inquiry of early childhood education planning in Hong Kong, was selected by the Outstanding Publication Award committee for its excellent contribution to narrative research, and it is clear how it contributes not just to research in general, but to the specialist field. The paper is drawn from Miss Siriboe's doctoral research and it is the first paper that she has had accepted by a refereed authority. A signal achievement for a first publication.

    Congratulations to Miss Siriboe and Dr Harfitt!

    Miss Keisha Siriboe (centre) and Dr Gary Harfitt (left) received the award at the Narrative Research SIG Business Meeting.

    Miss Keisha Siriboe (centre) and Dr Gary Harfitt (left) received the award at the Narrative Research SIG Business Meeting.

  • Apr 10 2018 >
    Dr Samuel Chu

    Dr Samuel Chu becomes an incoming editor of the re-launched Emerald Publishing Journal - Information and Learning Sciences MoreClose

    We are glad to share with you the news that Dr Samuel Kai Wah Chu will be the incoming editor of the re-launched Emerald Publishing Journal - Information and Learning Sciences, with effect from Volume 120, 2019. He will co-edit with Dr Rebecca Reynolds of The State University of New Jersey, USA.

    The journal builds upon the growing recognition of the ways in which active and innovative research that explicitly draws upon the intellectual heritage of both Information Science and the Learning Sciences stands to enrich people’s understanding of phenomena involving inquiry, learning, and system design.

    The journal will re-launch with an inauguration issue in January 2019, followed by a special issue on "Learning to Code, Coding to Learn: Youth and Computational Thinking" in March 2019. Open issues and further special issues will follow. For more information on this re-launched journal, please visit http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=ILS

    Congratulations to Dr Chu!

  • Mar 1 2018 >
    QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

    No. 7 in the world again - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 MoreClose

    We are glad to share with you that our Faculty is ranked seventh globally in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings by Subject 2018, released on February 28, 2018. 

    The Faculty has consistently performed well in world rankings. In the Times Higher Education (THE) University Subject Ranking for Education 2018, we were ranked as world number four. In the QS University Subject Ranking, the Faculty was ranked sixth globally for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016, and seventh in 2017. We are glad to maintain our position among the top Education faculties in this latest QS ranking, joining the league of 1) University College London, 2) Harvard University, 3) Stanford University, 4) The University of Cambridge, 5) University of Oxford, and 6) The University of Melbourne.

    QS uses four criteria for its ranking system – Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per paper, and H-index, which measures both the productivity and impact of a scholar’s publications. The relative weightings of these criteria vary slightly from discipline to discipline. For Education, the weightings are 50% Academic Reputation, 10% Employer Reputation, 20% Citations, and 20% H-index. The ratings reflect academic peers' and employers' opinions of the Faculty, and also the achievements of academic staff in research (citations and impact). The Faculty has obtained a high indicative score of 87.3, with a very strong performance for all four criteria demonstrating our all-round achievements.

    Professor A. Lin Goodwin, Dean of the Faculty, said: “My colleagues and I are extremely pleased with our QS University Subject Ranking of 7. We see it as an important indicator of the quality of our teaching and research, as well as the quality of our students. We are proud to be recognized for our efforts, even while we are also humbled and further motivated by this accomplishment to keep striving for excellence.”

    For the full set of rankings for Education, please refer to http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2018/education-training.

  • Dec 22 2017 >
    IEEE-TALE-2017-Best-Paper-Award

    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).

  • Oct 4 2017 >
    THE-Education-Ranking-2018-No.4

    No. 4 in the world - THE World University Rankings by Subject 2018 MoreClose

    We are very pleased to share with you that we have been ranked number 4 among the top Education faculties worldwide by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for Education 2018.

    Having previously grouped under the subject “Social Sciences”, it is the first time that “Education” forms a separate subject ranking. Apart from the Faculty of Education at HKU, the top five universities for Education in this year’s exercise are: 1) Stanford University, 2) Harvard University, 3) the University of Oxford, and 5) the University of California, Berkeley.

    The subject areas used to create this ranking are Education, Teacher Training, and Academic Studies in Education. THE uses 13 performance indicators which are grouped into five areas for its ranking system – Teaching (the learning environment), Research (volume, income and reputation), Citations (research influence), International outlook (staff, students and research), and Industry income (Innovation). The relative weightings of these criteria vary slightly from discipline to discipline. For Education, the weightings are 32.7% Teaching, 29.8% Research, 27.5% Citations, 7.5% International outlook, and 2.5% Industry income. We are delighted to see that we have obtained the high indicative score of 86.5.

    For the full set of rankings for Education, please refer to: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/subject-ranking/education.

    We are very encouraged by this positive outcome which is a testament to the hard work of our colleagues, our former Dean Professor Stephen Andrews, our students and our alumni. In an increasingly competitive higher education landscape, we strive continually to enhance the impact of our scholarship, the quality of the student experience, and our local and international engagement.

  • Aug 28 2017 >
    Fullbright-RGC-HK-Research-Scholarship

    A Research Opportunity Captured - Our PhD Student wins a Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholarship MoreClose

    We are pleased to announce that Mr William Choi Tsun Man, a PhD student in the Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences (SHS), was one of six HKU students to be awarded a Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Scholarship in the last round. William will be working on psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic aspects of lexical tone perception at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA for 10 months starting from September 2017. 

    He recently also received awards for the Faculty's Best Research Postgraduate Student Publication (co-authored with Dr Shelley Tong in the Division of SHS) and a Research Postgraduate Student Teaching Award. William’s PhD project is being supervised by Dr Shelley Tong and Professor Lena Wong. 

    Further information about William’s Fulbright award can be found at: http://web.edu.hku.hk/news/2017-01 or http://www.slhclinic.hku.hk/news/shs-phd-student-awarded-fulbright-rgc-hong-kong-research-scholarship/

  • Jul 21 2017 >
    Faculty-Research-Awards-2017

    Faculty Research Awards MoreClose

    We are delighted to announce the results of the latest round of Faculty Research Awards.

    Among the high quality nominations, Professor Li-fang Zhang has been selected for the Faculty Outstanding Researcher Award, and the Faculty Outstanding Young Researcher Awards go to Dr Dennis Fung and Dr Yuen Yi Lo.

    Congratulations to the three awardees. Each of them will receive HK$20,000 from the Faculty to support their research, together with a certificate, at the Faculty Graduation Ceremony.

  • Jul 7 2017 >

    Achievements in General Research Fund, Early Career Scheme and Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (2017/2018) MoreClose

    The Research Grants Council (RGC) has announced the results for the General Research Fund (GRF), Early Career Scheme (ECS) and Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (HSSPFS) exercises for 2017/2018. Congratulations to all of our staff who have been successful in this year's exercises!

    The list of successful GRF, ECS and HSSPFS projects are listed below:

    ECS

    Dr Kennedy Chan            
    “Use of a video-based approach to enhance dynamic pedagogical content knowledge development in pre-service science teachers”

    Dr Margaret Lo 
    “Interrogating student-teachers’ development of social justice pedagogies through youth mentoring as service-learning”

     

    GRF

    Professor David Carless
    “Theorizing feedback processes in higher education”

    Dr Yongyan Li    
    “Linking the academic and professional worlds: Written assignments and feedback in a Master’s-level postgraduate professional development programme“

    Professor Nirmala Rao  
    “Early childhood development, preschool quality, school readiness and early achievement:  A longitudinal study in China”

    Dr Carol To         
    “Using differential response-to-treatment to inform diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech – evidence from Chinese“

    Professor Rui Yang         
    “(Re)Conceptualizing Chinese education: China’s educational traditions and their modern transformation”

    Dr Xiao Zhang   
    “Why is subtracting different from adding? Examining the role of mental rotation in performance and strategy use”

     

    HSSPFS

    Professor Nirmala Rao
    “Assessing early childhood development and learning: The first step to building human capital in one belt one road countries” 

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