Research Projects

Research Projects

ECE Research Impact Clusters (RIC)

Investigators Year Amount (HKD) Project Title
Dr. Lau Yi Hung Eva & Dr. Lam Chun Bun Ian 2020/21 600,000 Studying Families as Systems
Dr. Bautista Alfredo 2020/21 600,000 Arts and Creativity in Hong Kong Kindergartens: Towards ‘Glocal’ Pedagogies
Dr. Siu Tik Sze Carrey & Dr. Chan Wai Ling 2020/21 600,000 Pedagogies in infant and toddler rooms
Dr. Capio Catherine & Dr. Chan King Chung Derwin 2020/21 600,000 Kids move HK: Transforming evidence to enable children’s physical wellbeing
Dr. Chan Po Lin Pauline, Dr. Lam Pui Ching Jessie, & Ms. Fung Sze Wun Serena 2020/21 600,000 Extending the margin of play

General Research Fund (GRF) / Competitive Ear-marked Research Grant (CERG) * / Early Career Scheme (ECS)

Investigators Year Amount (HKD) Project Title
Prof Chung Kevin Kien Hoa 2020/21 770,000 Beyond Language Skills, What are the Cognitive Skills and Environmental Risk Factors Contributing to Literacy Skills in Chinese Children at Family Risk of Syslexia?
Dr. Catherine Capio 2020/21 621,814 The Antecedent Role of Movement Proficiency in Child Development: Evidence from a Group-randomised Controlled Trial of a Motor Skills Training Programme for Young Children
Dr. Wong Mun Amanda 2020/21 688,332 Engaging the Victimizer, Victim and Bystander with the Aim of Reducing Bullying among Young Children - "ECE Peace Ambassador Project"
Dr. Ho Choi Wa Dora 2019/20 685,329 Understanding the Practices of Middle Leadership for Quality in Early Childhood: Role, Power and Authority
Dr. Cheung Sum Kwing Sam 2019/20 679,150 Relationships among Parental Beliefs, Home Numeracy Activities, Young Children's Numeracy Skills and Interest
Dr Siu Tik Sze Carrey 2019/20 941,382 Enhancing Emotion Understanding and Theory of Mind via Block Building
Dr. Ng Sau Man Catalina 2018/19 661,750 The Impact of Differential Parenting: A Longitudinal Study of Child and Parent Factors on Children’s Psychosocial Health in Hong Kong
Dr. Zhou Yanling 2018/19 747,900 Writing From the Start: The Writing Readiness Skills in Early Writing Development for L1 and L2 Chinese Speaking Kindergarten Children
Dr. Fong Yui Chi Cathy 2017/18 $355,706 The Unique Role of Cognitive Flexibility in Chinese Reading Acquisition among Hong Kong Preschoolers
Dr. Ho Choi Wa Dora 2017/18 $730,108 The Emergence of Middle Leadership in Early Childhood Education: Role, Power and Authority
Dr. Lau Yi Hung Eva 2017/18 $412,960 Coercive Parenting, Child Temperament, and Child Aggression: A Mixed Methods and Two-wave Longitudinal Study
Dr. Ng Sau Man Catalina 2016/17 $994,235 The effects of workplace bullying on Chinese children's health, behaviors and school adjustment via parenting: A longitudinal study.
Dr. Wong Kwok Shing Richard 2016/17 $671,200 Investigating the role of language distance and socioeconomic status on the development of language proficiency and ease of word retrieval in multiple languages in trilingual speakers of Cantonese, English and Putonghua.
Dr. Cheung Hun Ping Rebecca 2015/16 $305,160 Creative pedagogy: An investigation of teachers’ beliefs and practices in preschool settings
Prof. Chung Kevin Kien Hoa 2015/16 $1,479,000 In search of profiles and subtypes of dyslexia in dual-language adolescent readers
Sun Jin & Ng Sui Ngan Sharon (Collaborator) 2015/16 $1,046,160 Early income - achievement gap in Hong Kong: The role of self-regulation
Dr. Lam Chun Bun Ian 2014/15 $196,720 Parental Emotion Socialization: The Roles of Fathers, Parental Gender Attitudes, and Child Temperament
Dr. Lau Yi Hung Eva 2014/15 $662,000 A Longitudinal Study of Parental Involvement and School Adjustment during the Transition to School
Dr Zhang Xiao 2014/15 $830,150 Linking Quantitative, Spatial, and Linguistic Skills to Number and Arithmetic Competence: Toward a Mediation Model for Predicting Early Mathematics
Dr. Leung Cheung Shing Sam & Dr. Wong Yuen Fan Lornita 2013/14 $618,000 Expression of refusals by Cantonese preschoolers
Dr. Wong Kwok Shing Richard 2013/14 $688,500 A 2-year intervention program to target Hong Kong bilingual children's oral vocabulary and phonological awareness in English
Dr. Wong Yuen Fan Lornita & Dr. Leung Cheung Shing Sam 2012/13 $391,600 Development of Cantonese request strategies by Hong Kong Pakistani preschoolers
Dr. Leung Cheung Shing Sam & Dr. Wong Yuen Fan Lornita 2010/11 $536,257 Encoding motion events in child Cantonese
Dr. Li Yuen Ling Joyce 2011/12 $369,012 Leadership for learning: understanding teacher leadership in ECE settings
Dr. Ho Choi Wa Dora 2010/11 $324,413 Effective teacher leadership for curriculum change in Chinese kindergartens
Dr. Leung Cheung Shing Sam & Dr. Wong Yuen Fan Lornita 2006/07 $642,840 Development of requests in Cantonese pre-school

Quality Education Fund (QEF)

Investigators Year Amount (HKD) Project Title
Dr. Chung Kevin Kien Hoa, Dr. Wong Man Yee Emmy, Prof. Lawrence Lam & Dr. Anita Tsui 2015/16 $1,015,000 Socio-emotional well-being of early childhood (SEWEC) project ; Project webpage:
Dr. Cheung Hun Ping Rebecca, Ms. Cheung Lai Ha Lily & Ms. Ching Pui Sun Christina 2011/12 $679,500 Teaching for creativity: Promoting creative practices in preschool classrooms and the processes of change
Dr. Lam Mei Yung Hazel, Dr. Choi Cheong Ben, Ms. Ho Joyce, Dr. Lai Yuk Ching Eva, Dr. Leung Wai Man Vivienne, Ms. Leung Yuk Lan Edith, Ms. Mou Wai Pik Peggy, Dr. Tam Po Chi Pansy & Dr. Wong Kwok Sai Tricia 2009/10 $5,483,100 Enhancing young children's language learning and development through quality integrated multi media educational programmes
Dr. Li Yuen Ling Joyce 2007/08 $1,614,300 Fostering and assessing young children’s moral and social development: Enhancing early childhood organizations’ knowledge of implementing and evaluating programme innovations

Seed Funding Grant (SFG) / Internal Research Grant (IRG) *

Investigators Year Amount (HKD) Project Title
D. Sun Jin 2019/20 125,000 Cool and Hot Self-Regulation and Early Learning and Development: A Cross- Culture Comparative Study in China and Australia
Dr. Catherine Capio 2018/19 98,960 Preliminary Implementation of a Co-Designed Motor Skills Training Programme for Kindergarten Children
Dr. Wong Mun Amanda 2018/19 100,000 How Parents' Talk about Death is Linked to Children's Understanding of Death
Dr Cheung Sum Kwing Sam 2017/18 $99,960 Is Mathematics for Young Children about Counting 123s? Hong Kong Parents' Beliefs about Early Mathematics Learning
Dr Siu Tik Sze Carrey 2017/18 $100,000 A Sense of Knowing in Judging Explanation and Prediction
Dr. Chan Sing Pui Tikky 2016/17 $29,987 Teacher and parental support in preschool children's Chinese character writing: An one-year longitudinal study
Dr. Fok Hung Kit 2016/17 $80,000 Children of love and hate: impacts of inter-parental relationship and interaction on child mental health outcomes in Chinese Societies
Prof Jones Elizabeth Mary 2016/17 80,000 Becoming a Problem: How and Why Children Acquire a Reputation as 'Naughty' in the First Year of Primary Schooling
Dr. Fok Hung Kit 2015/16 $75,000 Grand-parenting behavior from the children's perspective and its impacts on children
Dr. Sun Jin 2015/16 $99,982 Maternal scaffolding and early learning and development: A latent profile analysis
Dr. Zhou Yanling 2014/15 $99,992 Visual, orthographic and motor skills in emergent readers of Chinese as a L1 and L2 in Hong Kong kindergartens: behavioural and event-related potential (ERP) approaches

*The CERG has been renamed as GRF in 2009/10
*The IRG has been renamed as SFG in 2019/20