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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 7 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

  • Aug 28 2017 >

    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 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:


    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”



    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”



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

  • Apr 24 2017 >

    Dr Susan Bridges has been selected as a member of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning Editorial Board MoreClose

    We are glad to share with you the news that Dr Susan Bridges has been selected as one of the Editorial Board members of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning (IJPBL).

    Launched in 2006, IJPBL publishes relevant, interesting, and challenging articles concerning research, analysis, or promising practice related to all aspects of implementing problem-based learning (PBL) in K–12 and post-secondary classrooms. It offers a forum for all PBL research across disciplines and is the first and only journal of its kind. For more information about IJPBL, please go to: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/ijpbl/.

    Dr Bridges will serve on the Board for a 3-year term, from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2020.

    Congratulations to Dr Bridges! 

  • Mar 13 2017 >

    CIES Presidential Address MoreClose

    In March 2016, Professor Mark Bray, UNESCO Chair Professor in Comparative Education, was elected to the Presidency of the US-based Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). This is the oldest and largest society in the field, established in 1956 and having over 3,000 members.

    At the 61st annual conference, March 6-9, 2017 in Atlanta, USA, Professor Bray concluded his work with a Presidential Address. It was entitled ”Schooling and its Supplements: Changing Global Patterns and Implications for Comparative Education”. It drew on his extensive work on the so-called shadow education system of supplementary private tutoring. The lecture can be viewed here, and will in due course be published in the Society’s flagship journal Comparative Education Review.

    Professor Bray retains a CIES leadership role within the CIES as immediate Past-President on the Board of Directors. Among others, this benefits colleagues and students in HKU’s Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC).

  • Mar 8 2017 >

    No. 7 in the world - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 MoreClose

    We are glad to share with you that we have retained our ranking among the top Education faculties worldwide.

    In the most recent QS subject rankings, the Faculty of Education at HKU has been ranked number 7 among Schools of Education around the world. The six universities above HKU for Education in this year’s exercise are: 1) University College London, 2) Harvard University, 3) Stanford University, 4) The University of Cambridge, 5) The University of Melbourne, and 6) the University of Oxford.

    QS uses four criteria for its ranking system – Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per paper, and H-index, which is a way of measuring both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scholar. 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. We are pleased to see that our performance in two objective indicators, Citations and H-index, has improved compared with 2016: from 92.3 to 93.6 (Citations) and from 89.4 to 92.6 (H-index). Both indicators reflect aspects of research performance over the past 5 years and the improvements endorse colleagues’ sterling and continuous efforts over the past year.

    For the full set of rankings for Education, please refer to http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2017/education-training.

  • Jan 27 2017 >

    Our PhD Student has been awarded 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 and Hearing Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholarship. 

    The Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award Programme was launched in the 2006-07 academic year by the Research Grants Council (RGC) and the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong, to support Hong Kong PhD students who wish to undertake research work in the USA.

    The competition is always very keen.  William was selected on the strength of his application and an interview. He will start his half-year stay in the USA from September 2017.

    We are glad that William has decided to further his career in research, having graduated from our Faculty, which has the only Bachelor's degree course in Speech and Hearing Sciences in Hong Kong.  Many congratulations on his achievement.

  • Jan 27 2017 >

    Our PhD graduate wins Gail Kelly Award for the PhD thesis MoreClose

    We are delighted to announce that the PhD thesis of Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze, our PhD graduate, has won the Gail Kelly Award from the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).

    The award is indeed a significant honour within the comparative education community for an outstanding work that addresses social justice and equity issues in an international context.  The selection criteria demand academic excellence; originality; methodological, theoretical, and empirical rigor; and the international selection committee reads and debates each submission with care. 

    The thesis is entitled Teachers as Tutors: Shadow Education Market Dynamics in Georgia. The electronic copy is accessible through the HKU library here.

    Dr Kobakhidze will receive the award on the evening of March 7, 2017 (Tuesday) during the CIES annual conference in Atlanta, USA.  Please join us in congratulating her!

  • Jan 18 2017 >

    Professor Jimmy de la Torre becomes a co-recipient of the 2017 Bradley Hanson Award given by the National Council on Measurement in Education of USA MoreClose

    We are delighted to share with you news that Professor Jimmy de la Torre has been selected as a co-recipient of the 2017 Bradley Hanson Award given by the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME).

    The NCME has the mission to advance the science and practice of measurement in education. The Bradley Hanson Award has been established to honor Bradley Hanson's contributions to the field of educational measurement and to further advance the goals embodied in his work.

    The award is presented to a candidate who have completed, is working on, or is proposing a project that makes a substantive contribution to the field of educational measurement or the development, instruction or mentoring of new professionals in the field.

    The award will be presented to the recipient at the NCME Annual Meeting on April 26 – 30, 2017 in San Antonio, USA.

    Let us join in congratulating Professor de la Torre on this achievement.

  • Jan 16 2017 >

    Our PhD Graduate won the 3 Minute Thesis Video Competition 2017 organized by the inaugural Comparative and International Education Society's New Scholars Committee MoreClose

    Congratulations to Dr Du Xiaoxin, our PhD graduate, who has been selected as the first place winner in the 3 Minute Thesis Video Competition 2017 organized by the inaugural Comparative and International Education Society's New Scholars Committee.

    The reviewers praised Dr. Du's  presentation about her PhD Thesis entitled “Role Split Phenomenon in Chinese Higher Education” and regarded it as a clear, concise, and well-explained one.

    Dr Du was also the Champion and People’s Choice Award Winner in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition 2016 at the University.

    To watch the video and review the transcript of the video, please visit https://vimeo.com/192188866

  • Dec 12 2016 >

    Dr Susan Bridges’ Project receives an international award on innovative education MoreClose

    An international team, led by Dr Susan Bridges of the Faculty of Education and the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning with a project entitled “Problem-based learning and Educational Technologies in Clinical Education – An Interactional Ethnography”,   won the bronze prize in the international “Reimagine Education Awards 2016” under the category of Regional Awards (Asia) (see the official winner e-badge below).

    The organisers, ranking publisher Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, received over 500 entries for this contest. Shortlisted candidates from around the world gathered in Philadelphia, USA on December 5 to 6, 2016 to showcase their projects for innovative higher education pedagogies.

    The winning project is cross-institutional and international. The pedagogy features heightened technological interactivity during face-to-face problem-based tutorials through the use of mobile devices and the Internet, which created just-in-time and rich learning resources for all participants. Through the careful study of peer-to-peer and peer-to-facilitator conversations, collaboration and the use of learning tools, the winning team has contributed valuable qualitative data to the field of problem-based learning research.

    To learn more about the project, please see the video at https://youtu.be/xcoDMxUnG8U.

    Please also see the related press release at:
    http://hku.hk/press/news_detail_15681.html (English Version)
    http://hku.hk/press/c_news_detail_15681.html (Chinese Version)

    Many congratulations to Dr Bridges and her team!

    From left to right: Dr Fraide A. Ganotice, Jr. (Faculty of Medicine, HKU), Mr Nunzio Quacquarelli (CEO and founder of Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd.), Dr Susan Bridges (Faculty of Education, HKU), Professor Judith Green (University of California, Santa Barbara; collaborator)

    The 2016 QS Wharton winning team (Principal Investigator: Dr Susan Bridges) getting together in Hong Kong during Professor Green’s visit to the Faculty on May 12 - June 15, 2017 under the Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme.


    Reimagine Education Official Winner e-Badge: Regional Awards - Asia Bronze Award

  • Dec 5 2016 >

    Research Output Prize for Education 2016 MoreClose

    We are very pleased to announce that Professor David Carless has been selected for the Research Output Prize this year, resulting from his excellent 270 page publication entitled:

    “Excellence in University Assessment: Learning from award-winning practice” published by Routledge in 2015.

    This faculty-based award accords recognition to an author (or team of authors) of a single research output item published or created in the preceding calendar year.

    Congratulations to Professor Carless!

  • Oct 28 2016 >

    Dr Gary Wong received an award for an Outstanding Journal Article Published in the International Review of Education Technology Research and Development MoreClose

    Dr Gary Wong received an Outstanding Journal Article award for an article published in the International Review of Education Technology Research and Development (ETR&D) this year. The article “The Behavioral Intentions of Hong Kong Primary Teachers in Adopting Educational Technology” was published in volume 64 of the journal early this year. For details of the article, please see http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11423-016-9426-9.

    The award was created by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and is given in recognition of a researcher’s achievement where their fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on the field of educational communications and technology in an international setting and who are expected to continue to produce cutting-edge achievements in the future. The committee was impressed with Dr Wong’s contribution and effort in working with in-service teachers in Hong Kong.

    Dr Wong received the award at the International Division Award Dinner of the 2016 AECT International Convention on October 19, 2016 at the Westgate Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, at a gathering of about 200 academics.

    Congratulations to Dr Wong!


    For details, please visit the following websites:

    About ETR&D: http://link.springer.com/journal/11423

    About AECT: http://aect.site-ym.com/

    About 2016 AECT International Convention: http://www.aect.org/events/Las%20Vegas/

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