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Professor FUNG, Dennis C. L.

Professor FUNG, Dennis C. L.


Associate Professor

Academic Unit of Mathematics, Science, and Technology


B.Sc., P.G.C.E., M.Ed. (The University of Hong Kong)
M.Phil., Ph.D. (The University of Cambridge)


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(852) 2219 4607


Room 323, Runme Shaw Building

Research Expertise

  • Collaborative Learning
  • Learning Sciences
  • Primary and Secondary Education
  • Science Education

Prospective PhD/ EdD/ MPhil Applications

I am not taking on graduate supervision in 2024-2025.

Teaching Areas:

BBED2102 Becoming a teaching professional: Understanding learning and teaching 2; BBED6741 Teaching of General Studies in Primary Schools; MEDD8829 Effective Strategies for Learning and Teaching in Small Class Environment for Primary Education


Research Interests:

Science Education; Collaborative Group Work; 

Faculty Early Career Research Output Award 2014


Faculty Early-Career Conference Award  2014


Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award 2015


Faculty Teacher Effectiveness Awards (Postgraduate) 2015


Faculty Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2017


Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award (Team) 2019

  1. General Research Fund (GRF), HKSAR (HK$ 739,308); Title: The Impact of Small-Class Teaching in Hong Kong Primary Schools: An Exploration of Teaching Strategies to Effect a Paradigm Shift in the Chinese Classroom [Expected Sep 2020-Apr 2022]; Principal Investigator.

  2. General Research Fund (GRF), HKSAR (HK$ 544,964); Title: Drawing and Talking Science with the Aid of Collaborative Mind Mapping in Hong Kong Primary Schools [Jan 2019- June 2021]; Principal Investigator.

  3. Early Career Scheme (ECS) funded research by Research Grants Council ("The Effects of Collaborative Group Work on Junior Secondary Science Learning: The Teacher’s Role in Facilitating the Joint Construction of Conceptual Knowledge") (2014-2015 $315,996); Principal Investigator.
  4. Bilateral (Hong Kong) Research on the Effects of Social Pedagogic Contexts in the Teaching of Mathematics; Facilitating Learning in Two Cultures; (June 2012 - Dec 2013); RGC/ESRC Joint Research Scheme (HK$ 375,224); Co-Investigator.
  5. Developing Collaborative Culture for Professional Learning; (Sep 2012-Mar 2014); Teaching Developing Grants (TDG) Awards (HK$ 262,464); Principal Investigator.


  1. Fung, D.C.L.& Liang, T. (Sept, 2018). Fostering Critical Thinking through Collaborative Group Work: Insights from Hong Kong Primary and Secondary Classrooms, Singapore: Springer Publications, ISBN 978-981-13-2410-9 (recently published; 75% contribution). DOI:10.1007/978-981-13-2411-6 (Total 172 pages, peer-reviewed)


Journal articles and book chapters

  1. Fung, D.C.L.(2021). Teaching Science through Home and Second Languages as the Medium of Instruction: A Comparative Analysis of Junior Secondary Science Classrooms in Hong Kong. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
  2. Tim, Liang, & Fung, D.C.L. (2021). Fostering Critical Thinking in English-as-a-Second-Language Classrooms: Challenges and Opportunities. Thinking Skills and Creativity,26(1), 128-139
  3. Fung, D.C.L.(2020). The Impacts of Effective Group Work on Social and Gender Differences in Hong Kong Science Classrooms. International Journal of Science Education,42(3), 372-405
  4. Tim, Liang, & Fung, D.C.L. (2020). Development and Evaluation of a WebQuest-Based Teaching Programme: Students’ Use of Exploratory Talk to Exercise Critical Thinking. International Journal of Educational Research
  5. Chui, K.T.,Fung, D.C.L., Lytras, M.D., & Lam, T.M. (2020). Predicting At-risk University Students in a Virtual Learning Environment via a Machine Learning Algorithm, Computers in Human Behavior, 107(1)
  6. Harfitt, G.J.,Fung, D.C.L.,& Tim, Liang (2019). Promoting good practice in small classes: Lessons learnt from small class teaching professional development programmes in Hong Kong,International Journal of Educational Research,96, 173-182
  7. Fung, D.C.L.,Hung, V.Y.M., & Lui, P.W.M. (2018). Enhancing Science Learning through the Introduction of Effective Group Work in Hong Kong Secondary Classrooms.International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
  8. Fung, D.C.L.(2018). The Pedagogical Impacts on Students’ Development of Critical Thinking Dispositions: Experience from Hong Kong Secondary Schools.Thinking Skills and Creativity,26(1), 128-139
  9. Hung, V.Y.M., &Fung, D.C.L.(2017). The Effectiveness of Hybrid Dynamic Visualisation in Learning Genetics in a Hong Kong Secondary School.Research in Science & Technological Education,35(3), 308-329
  10. Fung, D.C.L., et al. (2017). Relationships between teachers’ background, their subject knowledge and pedagogic efficacy, and pupil achievement in primary school mathematics in Hong Kong: An indicative study. International Journal of Educational Research, 81(1), 119-130
  11. Yuen, M.T., Chan, S., Chan, C., Fung, D.C.L., Cheung, W.M., Kwan, T., & Leung, F.K.S. (published online in May 2016, in press now). Differentiation in key learning areas for gifted students in regular classes: A project for primary school teachers in Hong Kong. Gifted Education International. DOI: 10.1177/0261429416649047 
  12. Fung, D.C.L., & Lui, P.W.M.  (2016). Individual to collaborative: guided group work and the role of teachers in junior secondary science classrooms. International Journal of Science Education, 38(7), 1057-1076
  13. Fung, D.C.L. (2015). The 'Chocolate Experiment' - A demonstration of radiation absorption by different coloured surfaces. The Physics Teacher, 53(9), 545-547
  14. Fung, D.C.L, & Yip, V. (2014). The effects of the medium of instruction in certificate‐level physics on achievement and motivation to learn. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51(10), 1219-1245.
  15. Kwo, O., & Fung, D.C.L. (2014). Liberated to learn: Teacher education as transformation of relationships. Education as Change, 18(sup1), S47-S61.
  16. Fung, D.C.L. (2014). The influence of ground rules on Chinese students’ learning of critical thinking in group work: A cultural perspective. Journal of Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 22(3), 337-368
  17. Fung, D.C.L (2014). Promoting critical thinking through effective group work: A teaching intervention for Hong Kong primary school students. International Journal of Educational Research, 66, 45-62.

  1. HKEAA: HKDSE Integrated Science Committee, 2012-2018
  2. HKEAA: HKDSE Physics Committee, 2012-2018