Date 2013-04-15
Time 14:00 - 16:30
Tel 29486632
Venue Tin Ka Ping Lecture Theatre (D1-LP-02), HKIEd Tai Po Campus


Faculty of Education and Human Development,

Centre for Governance and Citizenship, and

Department of Education Policy and Leadership,


jointly organized


Public Forum on

“More than 'kids'! Multiple perspectives on young children as citizens”


15 April 2013 (Monday) 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Tin Ka Ping Lecture Theatre (D1-LP-02), HKIEd Tai Po Campus

 (with English- Cantonese Simultaneous Interpretation provided)

Children are commonly seen as future citizens that need to be developed. Treating children of younger ages as citizens of contemporary society is simply unimaginable. Compared with adults, children’s contributions and significance in society are often discounted. Do young children really have the ability to play an active role in public life? How may adults rethink their practice in schools, families, governments, and other settings so as to make space for young children to voice out for themselves as fellow citizens? To take their perspectives seriously for the betterment of society would require a fundamental paradigm shift among educators, parents, policymakers, and child advocates.  At this forum, Dr. Ben Mardell will present his research findings on a number of projects with young children in the US. Discussions will follow after invited guests have responded to the presentation from various angles.


Chair Moderator: Dr Gail Yuen

Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, HKIEd


Guest Presenter: Dr Ben Mardell

Associate Professor, Lesley University, USA

Young Children as Citizens


Ben Mardell is an associate professor in early childhood education at Lesley University and was a researcher on the Making Learning Visible Project at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For the past 30 years, Ben has taught and conducted research with various age groups of young children, including a year teaching in Hong Kong.  Ben is a co-author of Visible Learners: Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners and Making Teaching Visible: Documentation of Individual and Group Learning as Professional Development. He is the author of From Basketball to the Beatles: In Search of Compelling Early Childhood Curriculum and Growing Up in Child Care: A Case For Quality Early Education. Ben enjoys competing in sprint triathlons.



Dr Leung Yan Wing

Co-Director, Centre for Governance and Citizenship, HKIEd

Young Children and Citizenship Education


Professor Laurance Splitter

Department of International Education and Lifelong Learning, HKIEd

Critical Thinking of Children


Ms Dorothy Chan

School Principal, HKFYG Ching Lok Kindergarten (Yaumatei)

Professional Practice of Children’s Participation Rights in an Early Childhood Setting


Ms Carly Wan


Constructing Early Childhoods


Ms Billy Wong

Executive Secretary, The Hong Kong Committee on Children's Rights

Reflections on Advocacy of Children’s Rights



Enquiry: Please email or telephone line 2948-8944.