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Dr FUNG, Dennis C.L.

Dr FUNG, Dennis C.L.


Associate Professor

Academic Unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership


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 2022-2023.

Teaching Areas:

Teaching of Integrated Science [EDUC7040] (PGDE FT/PT); Becoming a teaching profession: Education in a globalised society (I) (BEd&BSc); Classroom Research: An Introduction [EDUC2004] (BEd); Teaching of Critical Thinking in General Studies [EDUC 7130 / EDUC 8130] (PGDE FT/PT);


Research Interests:

Liberal Studies / General Studies; Science Education; Group Work; Critical Thinking; Educational Policy

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 $315,996); Principal Investigator.
  4. Y Law for Secondary School Liberal Studies Curriculum: Decoding Crimes to Prevent Crimes (in collaboration with the Faculty of Law); (Nov. 2013 - Aug 2014); Impact Project; University Knowledge Exchange Funding (HK$ 72,960); Principal Investigator.
  5. Supporting Teaching and Learning in Liberal Studies through Collaboration between Exemplary Teachers, Non-Government Organizations and HKU Student-teachers; (Sep 2012 - Aug 2014); Impact Project; University Knowledge Exchange Funding (HK$ 98,840); Principal Investigator.
  6. 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.
  7. Developing Collaborative Culture for Professional Learning; (Sep 2012-Mar 2014); Teaching Developing Grants (TDG) Awards (HK$ 262,464); Principal Investigator.
  8. Liberal Studies Forum in AM730 Newspaper; (Nov. 2011 - Aug. 2013); Impact Project; University Knowledge Exchange Funding (HK$ 98,960); Principal Investigator.
  9. Community Legal Information Centre (CLIC) [Legal Education in Liberal Studies and General Studies in Hong Kong Secondary and Primary Schools]; (Apr. 2011 - Mar. 2014); Secretary for Home Affairs, HKSAR (HK$ 3,120,000); Co-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)

  1. Fung, D.C.L. & Lui, P.W.M. (Aug, 2016). Education Policy Analysis: Liberal Studies and National Education in Hong Kong, Singapore: Springer Publications, ISBN 978-981-10-2608-9




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., & Liang, T. (2018). The Legitimacy of Curriculum Development in Post-Colonial Hong Kong: Insights from the Case of Liberal Studies.Oxford Review of Education
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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 
  13. 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
  14. Fung, D.C.L. (2015). The 'Chocolate Experiment' - A demonstration of radiation absorption by different coloured surfaces. The Physics Teacher, 53(9), 545-547
  15. Fung, D.C.L. (2015). Expectation versus reality: The case of Liberal Studies in Hong Kong's new senior secondary reforms. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 46(4), 624-644
  16. 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.
  17. Fung, D.C.L., & Howe, C.J. (2014). Group work and the learning of critical thinking in the Hong Kong secondary liberal studies curriculum. Cambridge Journal of Education, 44(2), 245-270.
  18. Kwo, O., & Fung, D.C.L. (2014). Liberated to learn: Teacher education as transformation of relationships. Education as Change, 18(sup1), S47-S61.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. Fung, D.C.L., & Li, J.C.L. (2013). Theory and Practice: Liberal Studies in the New Senior Secondary Education in Hong Kong (in Chinese). Journal of South China Normal University (Social Science Edition), 13(1): 78-82
  22. Fung, D.C.L., & Howe, C.J. (2012). Liberal Studies in Hong Kong: A new perspective on critical thinking through group work. Thinking Skills and Creativity. 7(2): 101-111
  23. Fung, D.C.L., & Yip, V.W.Y. (2010) The Policies of Reintroducing Liberal Studies into Hong Kong Secondary Schools. Educational Research for Policies and Practice. 9:17-40.
  1. HKEAA: HKDSE Integrated Science Committee, 2012-2018
  2. HKEAA: HKDSE Physics Committee, 2012-2018