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Dr CHENG, Anthony K.L.

Dr CHENG, Anthony K.L.



Academic Unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership


B.Sc., P.C.Ed. (HK), M.Soc.Sc. (UniSA), M.Phil. (CUHK), PhD (HK)


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(852) 2241 5797


Room 409, Runme Shaw Building


  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Science Education
  • Curriculum Implementation

Research Expertise

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Primary and Secondary Education
  • Science Education

Prospective PhD/ EdD/ MPhil Applications

I am available to supervise EdD students and would welcome enquiries for supervision.

Teaching areas:


  • Science Curriculum
  • Curriculum Implementation
  • Theory of School Management
  • Educational Studies (Inquiry-based)
  • Pedagogy of Liberal Studies / Citizenship and Social Development 
  • Self-regulated Learning
  • Multicultural Education


Research Interests:


  • Science textbooks (using SFL-CDA approach)
  • Interdisciplinary STEM Education
  • Dialogic teaching
  • Nature of Science

Co-investigator, Promoting Effective Use of Practical Work in Senior Secondary Biology Classrooms through Cognitively Demanding Practical Work and Video Analysis of Teaching Practices. (Quality Education Fund of HKSAR Government, PI: Dr. Kennedy CHAN, Year of award: 2020, Amount: HKD $1,883,800)

Co-investigator, Promoting Productive Classroom Dialogue and Knowledge Building. (Seed Fund for Basic Research of HKU, PI: Prof Carol CHAN, Year: 2019, Amount: HKD  $53,260)

Co-investigator, Promoting Classroom Dialogue: Teacher Professional Development Using Online Video Analytics and Collective Inquiry. (Faculty Research Fund of HKU Faculty of Education, PI: Dr. Gaowei CHAN, Year: 2019, Amount:  HKD  $59,960)

Principal investigator, Conceptions of Teacher Professionalism in Hong Kong: a Cross-sector Comparative Study. (Faculty Research Fund of HKU Faculty of Education, Year: 2018, Amount: HKD  $59,955)

Co-investigator, Dialogic Teaching for Enhancing Productive Dialogue and Student Engagement in Teacher Education, (Faculty Research Fund of HKU Faculty of Education, PI: Dr. Queenie LEE, Year: 2018, Amount: HKD  $59,634)

Co-investigator, Bridging Theory and Practice through Inquiry-Based School Experience in Pre-Service Teacher Education. (Teaching Development Grant of HKU, Year: 2017, PI: Prof Carol CHAN, Amount: HKD  $250,000)

Tsang C. L., & Cheng K. L. (2021, September) Towards Decontextualized neutrality - Modern Chinese History as Portrayed in the History Textbooks in Hong Kong [Paper presentation]. Emerging Researchers' Conference, European Conference on Educational Research 2021, Online.

Cheng K. L. (2021, August).Are Students Invited into Socioscientific Discussion? A Discourse Analysis of Science Textbooks[Paper presentation]. 19th Biennial EARLI Conference, Online.

Cheng K. L., Chan C. K. K., Ho S. M. S., & Shiu W. H. C. (2021, August). Teachers for The Futures? Neglected Sociomaterial Dimension of Teacher Professionalism[Paper presentation]. 19th Biennial EARLI Conference, Online.

Cheng K. L. (2021, June).Taming Nanotechnology into Curriculum Content: Textbook Analysis through the Lens of Dark Pedagogy[Paper presentation]. 2021 International Conference of East-Asian Association for Science Education, Online.

Chen, G., Cheng, K. L. A. and Chan, C. K. K. (2020, June). Improving classroom dialogue: An analytics-supported, video-based teacher professional development approach [Paper presentation]. International Conference of the Learning Science (ICLS) 2020, Nashville, TN, USA.

Cheng, K. L. (2019, December). Obstacles To Interdisciplinary STEM Curriculum: A Bernsteinian Analysis [Paper presentation]. 2019 International Conference on Advances in STEM Education, Hong Kong.

Cheng, K. L. (2019, August). Human vis-a-vis Nature: Analytical perspective implicated in Chinese ESL textbooks [Paper presentation]. 18th Biennial EARLI Conference, Aachen, Germany.

Cheng, K. L. (2019, February). Interdisciplinary Dialogue in a CSCL Environment for Preservice Teachers [Invited paper presentation]. 2019 East Asian Graduate Student Symposium on the Learning Sciences, Hong Kong.

Cheng, K. L., & Chan, K.H. (2018).  Evolution Education in Hong Kong (1991-2016): A Content Analysis of the Biology Textbooks for Secondary School Graduates. In  H. Deniz, & L.A. Borgerding (Eds.), Evolution Education Around the Globe (pp. 315-333). Cham: Springer.

Cheng K. L. (2018, December). Biotechnological Issues Portrayed In Chinese Textbooks [Paper presentation]. 2018 International Conference of East-Asian Association for Science Education (EASE), Hualien, Taiwan.

Cheng K. L. (2018, December). Technology Fixes To Energy Use-associated Environmental Issues? An Analysis Of The Constructions In Chinese Physics Textbooks [Paper presentation]. 2018 International Conference of East-Asian Association for Science Education (EASE), Hualien, Taiwan.

Chan, K. H., Cheng K. L. A., Chan, C. K. K., & Yung,  H. W. B. (2018, June). Using A Video-based Approach To Develop Pre-service Science Teachers' Understanding Of How To Teach Nature Of Science [Paper presentation]. 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), London, United Kingdom.

Chan C. K. K., Chan K. H., & Cheng K. L. A. (2018, June). Developing Theory-practice Understanding Through Online Discourse In Online Courses [Paper presentation]. 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), London, United Kingdom.

Cheng K. L. (2016, December). Towards A Citizenship Education Curriculum For e-democracy [Paper presentation]. Hong Kong & Macao SAR Youth: Identity, Citizenship Education and Civic Participation 2016 Conference, Hong Kong.

Cheng K. L. (2014, December). Science Curriculum Policy Initiatives in Hong Kong: an Analysis of Their Impacts Using TIMSS Results 1995–2011 [Keynote speech]. 2014 KASE International Symposium: Present and Future of Science Education in East Asia: Focusing on Curriculum, Seoul, South Korea.

Cheng, K. L.,& Wong, S. L. (2014).  Nature of Science as portrayed in the Physics curricula and textbooks in Hong Kong and the mainland of the People’s Republic of China.  In C. Bruguiere, A. Tiberghien & P. Clement (eds.)9th ESERA Conference Contributions: Topics and trends in current science education (pp. 519 – 534).  Dordrecht: Springer.

Wong, S. L., Z. H. Wan, & Cheng, K. L. (2014).  One Country Two Systems: Nature of Science (NOS) Education in Mainland China and Hong Kong.  In M. R. Matthews (ed.) International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching (pp. 2149-2175). Dordrecht: Springer.

Cheng, K. L., & Wong, S. L. (2009).  A comparative study of the historical elements in the official Physics curricula and corresponding textbooks of Guangzhou and Hong Kong.  Proceedings of the 2009 EASE International Conference of East-Asian Science Education: First Biennial EASE Conference (pp. 105 – 117).

Cheng, K.-L., Li, H.-W., & Ng, D. K. P.  (2004).  Synthesis and Characterization of meso-Ferrocenylethynyl 5,15-Diphenylporphyrins.  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 689, 1593 - 1598.

Jiang, J., Liu, W., Cheng, K.-L., Poon, K.-W., & Ng, D. K. P.  (2001).  Heteroleptic Rare Earth Double-Decker Complexes with Porphyrinato and 2,3-Naphthalocyaninato Ligands.  Preparation, Spectroscopic Characterization, and Electrochemical Studies.  European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2001(2),413 - 417.