研究

Research Impact Cluster

Research Impact Cluster

Department of Early Childhood Education holds 10 Research Impact Clusters (RICs) funded by the Faculty of Education Human Development. These RICs aim to extend our research and knowledge exchange benefiting various stakeholders in the community including children, parents, schools, and organizations locally, regionally, and internationally. Throughout collaboration initiatives and community connections building, our RICs engage the members within the Department, across departments in the Faculty, and also in the community.

 

 

Caregivers’ Support to Infants’ and Toddlers’ Health in Hong Kong

Caregivers’ Support to Infants’ and Toddlers’ Health in Hong Kong

Project Leader

Dr. CHAN King Chung Derwin

 

Project Members

Dr Cheng, Elaine

Dr Hau, Joyce

Dr Chung, Ellie

Ms Wan, Alison (PhD student)

Ms Tang, Tracy (PhD student)

 

Vision

The RIC of “Caregivers’ Support to Infants’ and Toddlers’ Health in Hong Kong” focuses on how parents, and secondary caregivers (e.g., grandparents, domestic helpers) may support infants’ and toddlers’ health and health behaviours. We would like to investigate the current status of health for infants and toddlers in Hong Kong to inform how caregivers and the society may better support young children’s health status and health behaviours.

Happy Kids Project: Understanding the mechanisms of happiness, mental well-being, and adjustment in early childhood

Happy Kids Project: Understanding the mechanisms of happiness, mental well-being, and adjustment in early childhood

Project Leader

Dr CHEUNG Yuen Man Rebecca

 

Members

Dr Tam, Tammy

Dr Cheung, Sam

Dr Li, Jianbin

 

Vision:

  1. Identify the longitudinal mechanisms of happiness and adjustment in early childhood.
  2. Identify the longitudinal effects of child adjustment on other family members (e.g., mother, father).
  3. Inform translational programs targeting to enhance the wellness of local families and children.

Early Childhood Educators’ Well-Being in the Chinese Context

Early Childhood Educators’ Well-Being in the Chinese Context

Co-Project Leaders

Dr LI Jianbin

Dr SUN Jin

 

Members

Dr Cheung, Rebecca

Dr Leung, Vivienne

Dr Lam, Jessie

 

Vision:

To promote Chinese early childhood educators' happiness and meaningfulness

 

No Boring Drills Anymore! Teaching and Learning Early Mathematics through Everyday Mathematics Problem Solving

No Boring Drills Anymore! Teaching and Learning Early Mathematics through Everyday Mathematics Problem Solving

Co-Project Leaders

Dr SUN, Jin

Dr HUANG, Qi (Post-doctoral Fellow, CEDS)

 

Members:

Dr Zhang, Qiaoping (Assistant Professor, MIT)

Dr Yang Weipeng

Dr Cheung, Sam

Dr Hu, Annie

Miss Chen Linli (Local kindergarten Teacher)

 

Vision:

To promote a child-friendly and application-oriented approach in early mathematics education ;

To enhance children’s mathematics thinking and problem solving ability since early years.

 

Effective Early Childhood Teacher Education and Professional Development: Promoting Curriculum-Based Professional Learning

Effective Early Childhood Teacher Education and Professional Development: Promoting Curriculum-Based Professional Learning

Project Leader

Dr YANG, Weipeng

 

Members

Dr Bautista, Alfredo

Dr Hu, Annie

Mr Lai, Edward

Ms Saxena, Anika

Ms Lee, Carol

Ms Woo Yuen Shan

 

Vision

Curriculum-based professional learning (CBPL) anchors professional learning in high-quality curriculum approaches and materials to allow (student) teachers to encounter the learning experiences their students will receive and change their classroom practice, leading to better student outcomes (Short & Hirsh, 2020). Our RIC focusing on CBPL will delve into the good practices of curriculum and instruction in diverse early childhood settings and continually engage the ECE Department’s teacher educators in researching, promoting, and providing curriculum-based teacher education and professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers.

 

Studying Families as Systems

Studying  Families as Systems

Co-project Leaders

Dr. Lau Yi Hung Eva

Dr. Lam Chun Bun Ian

 

Vision

This research aims to yield valuable findings that will enhance the understanding of the independent and interactive influences of multiple environmental systems on young children’s development. Specifically, it is well acknowledged that smartphone has become an important part of the modern lifestyle. Through understanding the uniqueness of how technology interference could affect parents and children, findings of this study will have implications for ways to help parents minimize the negative impact of parental smartphone use.

Arts and Creativity in Hong Kong Kindergartens: Towards 'Glocal' Pedagogies

Arts and Creativity in Hong Kong Kindergartens: Towards 'Glocal' Pedagogies

Co-project leaders

Dr. Bautista Alfredo

Dr. Tam Po Chi Pansy

 

Vision:

The aim of this project is to better understand how local Early Childhood Education (ECE) professionals in Hong Kong understand the notions of Arts and Creativity. The study focuses on kindergarten teachers, principals, teacher educators, and other arts specialists. Arts and Creativity is one of the learning areas articulated in the Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide (2017). Based on Hong Kong’s context and cultural values, our aim is to investigate how different ECE stakeholders define what creativity means and how they implement arts-based creativity-fostering activities that are viable and realistic within local kindergartens. This research has the potential to guide the design of curriculum frameworks that are more culturally specific and realistic in Hong Kong.

Pedagogies in Infant and Toddler Classrooms

Pedagogies in Infant and Toddler Classrooms

Co-project leaders

Dr. Siu Tik Sze Carrey

Dr. Chan Wai Ling

 

Vision

The current RIC broadly investigates the landscape of early childhood care and education (ECCE) for infants and toddlers in Hong Kong. We have two specific aims: (1) To examine policymakers’, childcare professionals’, and parents’ beliefs and expectations for ECCE for infants and toddlers in Hong Kong; (2) To examine the structural and process qualities of centre-based ECCE settings for zero- to three-year-olds in Hong Kong and their impact on early child development and learning. We envisage building knowledge exchanges between academia, childcare centres, and relevant organisations for a concerted effort to promote the importance of quality early experience on infant and toddler development and learning.

Kids Move HK: Transforming Evidence to Enable Children's Physical Wellbeing

Kids Move HK: Transforming Evidence to Enable Children's Physical Wellbeing

Co-project leaders

Dr. Capio Catherine

 

Members

Dr. Chan King Chung Derwin

Ms. Chan Oi Ling Irene

Mr. Ho Chuk Ming Hades (PhD student)

Mr. Fan Chun Man Thomas (EdD student)

 

Vision

This project aims to transform research into accessible, available, and fit-for-purpose resources in the areas of motor development and physical wellbeing. With research in this area continuing to grow rapidly, this project utilized the growing body of evidence to design and evaluate an information resource portal for early childhood educators and parents in Hong Kong. The resource portal may be accessed here: https://www.hkidsmove.info/. We emphasize on the importance of accounting for the cultural and environmental nuances in the region, and further research will evaluate and improve this resource portal.

Extending the Margin of Play

Extending the Margin of Play

Co-project leaders

Dr. Chan Po Lin Pauline

Dr. Lam Pui Ching Jessie

Dr. Fung Sze Wun Serena

 

Vision

Through this project, we intend to extend the understanding of play and improve the quality of play practice in ECE settings through international dialogues and collaborations. We aim to be able to stimulate multi-perspective investigation of the concept of play and gain insight to enrich local practitioner’s play implementation. Upon the completion of this project, our goal is to provide the various support for local practitioners’ betterment of play implementation.

 

 

 

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