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Engagement and Impact

Engagement and Impact

Introduction

Impact-oriented research is central to the Faculty. Our research focuses on two main areas:

Changing policy to improve education quality and equity

Example:
The work of the Special Needs Education and Inclusive Environments Research Theme has directly benefited 45,000 SEN students in Hong Kong schools over three decades. It has exposed the stigmatisation and policy neglect of SEN students and addressed this problem by changing community attitudes and providing policy advice (in 2015, 2018), resulting in the appointment of SEN Coordinators in all Education Bureau schools, the reassignment of onsite rehabilitation services to professional NGOs, and an increase in service places for SEN students from 3000 to 7000 by 2019.

Improving the learning and well-being of young people and families

Example:
The ARC led an international team from Poland, Romania, Turkey, Croatia, Servia, Zimbabwe, USA, Singapore, Lithuania, Taiwan, and China to validate the effectiveness of short breaks using web-based games to stimulate concentration and learning in classrooms. This research contributed to the development of a global company, Brain Breaks® endorsed by UNICEF and the Foundation for Global Community Health. The research has resulted in 2,694 books (WorldCat), 39.6 mil websites and 338 mil references (Google) on using the concept of brain breaks for teaching and learning.
CPH researchers have developed multiple pain measures adopted by 8 clinics in Hong Kong and validated the Chinese version of the Sleep Condition Indicator.

Types of Impact

Our research generates five main types of impact on:

  • practitioners
  • communities
  • technical resources
  • education policy
  • community attitudes and values

Beneficiaries

The key beneficiaries of research by FEHD are:

  • students from the early years to tertiary level, particularly those with special education needs (SEN)
  • practitioners and leaders in education, counselling and speech therapy
  • parents and families
  • the providers of educational, social welfare, community and health services
  • patients
  • the general public

Cases of Impact

Boosting equal access to quality education through blended learning

Prof C P Lim’s collaboration with four local universities through the Blended & Online Learning & Teaching (BOLT) project has enhanced student learning across different programmes, and in higher education institutions in Cambodia, China, Korea, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.

Supported by the Asian Development Bank, UNESCO and the World Bank, the research increased the availability of equitable quality education.

Prof Lim’s framework was also adopted by UNESCO (Asia-Pacific) for its information and communication technologies in the education project Seizing Digital Opportunities in Higher Education, funded by the Shenzhen Municipal Government (US$500,000). The Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) in Cambodia and Colombo University in Sri Lanka have adopted Lim’s framework to guide their senior management teams. This has impacted around 25,000 students.

Enhancing early literacy development in Chinese and English

Dr Susanna Yeung’s partnership with 20 kindergarten teachers across eight kindergartens has led to an intervention project on a language-rich phonological approach with 250 children in K3. The teaching resource manual produced in this research has benefited around 400 pre-service and in-service early childhood education teachers annually.

Another researcher in this study, Dr Dan Lin, collaborated with more than 10 schools from three districts in Hong Kong and directly benefited over 500 children on early literacy skills and learning motivation. This collaboration was later extended to Macau and mainland China, in particular, Nanjing and Hangzhou, to over 100 participants, including educators, practitioners, parents, and students.

Establishing free quality kindergarten education

Dr Gail Yuen’s research has revealed that marketization models using voucher funding decreased educational quality and increased social and economic inequities.

Her research impact was strengthened by convening an alliance of 30 educational bodies, and by her inclusion in the Education Bureau’s Committee on Free Kindergarten Education.

Her findings led to the government’s abandonment of its policy of marketization and a new funding model of direct subsidies for not-for-profit kindergartens. The change has decreased the economic burden of poor families, and improved teacher-student ratios and teacher salaries: key conditions for improving education quality.

Promoting parenting practices that foster positive development in kindergarten children in Hong Kong

Drs Ian Lam and Eva Lau’s studies have impacted over half a million parents. The three studies, on more than 950 Chinese families, have resulted in a paradigm shift from parenting guidance based on Western studies to one that emphasises the use of local research to inform parenting practices.

Knowledge has been disseminated through the print and online media, as well as in knowledge exchange activities, including conferences, newsletters and public talks.

Working with the Centre for Child and Family Science, and with funding from the Simon K. Y. Lee Foundation, an evidence-based intervention, Early Prevention, Early Identification, and Early Intervention (3Es), was established to promote children’s cognitive control and prosocial skills.

The importance of sleep health in modern societies

Dr Esther Lau’s team has collaborated with the University of Oxford to develop and validate the Chinese version of the Sleep Condition Indicator (SCI) for both clinical and research use. The research has established a unique, eight-year longitudinal dataset of over 8,000 students and community adults with over 100 psychosocial-spiritual variables per person to generate the first empirical evidence in the world that sleep quality predicts optimistic/pessimistic attitudes to life, both directly and indirectly through its effects on mood.

Furthermore, Dr Lau has partnered with the Correctional Services Department of the HKSAR government to provide training sessions for 26 psychologists to equip them with the skills to help persons in custody with sleep problems, related to their behavioural and mental health issues, with suicide and violence.

Dr Lau later developed a partnership with counsellors in 14 local tertiary institutions to conduct sleep assessments and interventions.

The inclusion of green skills into policy, TVET teaching and learning in the Asia-Pacific region

Dr Margarita Pavlova, Director of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre of Hong Kong since 2013, has worked with the policymakers, government officials, institutions and educators of 34 countries.

Her work focuses on implementing low-carbon economies and changing policy and educational practices in technical vocational education and training (TVET). With funding from UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Research Grants Council in Hong Kong, her work has uncovered evidence-informed strategies for the effective implementation of green skills.

Her work has benefited industries such as hospitality management, auto-mechanics, waste management, PVC industries, photovoltaics and agro-forestry.

International Research Exchange Clusters

Area 1: Assessment research into enhancing learning and teaching
International Partner:
Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University
Regional Partner:
School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University
Research area
  • Assessment Research into Enhancing Learning and Teaching
Leader(s)
  • Dr Yan Zi
Members
  • Dr Yang Lan
  • Dr Yang Min
  • Dr Kwan Lok Yin Joyce
  • Dr Cai Yuyang
  • Dr Xie Qin
  • Ms Guo Wuyuan
  • Prof Kerry Kennedy (Advisor)
  • Prof Chiu Ming Ming (Advisor)
Mentor
  • Prof David Coniam
Seed Project
  • Developing evaluative judgment among students: An Interactive Assessment and Feedback Process
Area 2: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
International Partner
School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology
Regional Partner
School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University
Research area
  • Supporting Students with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
Leader(s)
  • Dr Poon Kei Yan Kean
Members
  • Dr Jiang Da
  • Dr Chen Yuan David
  • Dr Kam Chi Shan Anna
  • Dr Lau Kwok Wai Way
  • Dr Liu Duo Phil
  • Dr Wang Li-Chih Angus
  • Dr Yum Yen Na
  • Dr Fong Yui Chi Cathy
  • Dr Law Wilbert
  • Dr Pan Jinger Melody
Mentor
  • Prof Hue Ming Tak
Projects
  • The Role of Emotion Regulation Strategies in Relation to Executive Function in Chinese and Australian Adolescents with ADHD
  • Reciprocal Relationships between Visual Attention and Reading Performance among Chinese Children with ADHD in Hong Kong and Mainland China: A Longitudinal Approach
Area 3: Diversity, social equity and internationalization of education
International Partner
Institute of Education, University College London
Regional Partner
Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University
Research area
  • Diversity, social equity and internationalization of education
Leader(s)
  • Dr Gao Fang
  • Dr Euan Auld
Members
  • Dr Margarita Pavlova
  • Dr Miron Bhowmik
Mentors
  • Prof Mark Mason
  • Prof Bob Adamson
Area 4: Early child development in Hong Kong and Beijing and how family socio-economic status is related to early child development
International Partner
Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University
Regional Partner
College of Preschool Education, Capital Normal University
Research area
  • Early child development in Hong Kong and Beijing and how family socio-economic status is related to early child development
Leader(s)
  • Dr Sun Jin
Members
  • Dr Capio Catherine Mamaid
  • Dr Lam Ho Cheong
  • Dr Cheung Sum Kwing Sam
  • Dr Hu Xinyun
  • Dr Ng Mei Lee
  • Dr Siu Tik Sze Carrey
  • Dr Ronnel King
  • Dr Lin Dan
  • Dr Yee Ting Sum Lydia
  • Dr Yum Yen Na Cherry
Mentor
  • Prof Kerry Lee
Project
  • Early Achievement Gaps in Mathematics, Social Emotional and Motor Development: The Moderating Roles of Cool and Hot Executive Function
Area 5: Ecological systems and adolescent adjustment
International Partner
Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science, Utrecht University
Regional Partner
School of Education, Guangzhou University
Research area
  • Ecological systems and adolescent adjustment
Leader(s)
  • Dr Li Jianbin
Members
  • Dr Lam Chun Bun Ian
  • Dr Cheung Yuen Man Rebecca
  • Dr Ho Chun Yip Henry
  • Dr Datu Jesus Alfonso Daep
Mentor
  • Prof Chung Kevin Kien Hoa
Project
  • Adolescents’ well-being: An ecological perspective
Area 6: Education Policy
International Partner
School of Education, University of Queensland
Regional Partner
Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University
Research area
  • Education policy: Trajectories and social impact
Leader(s)
  • Dr Choi Taehee
  • Dr Yuen Wai Kwan Gail
Members
  • Dr Hui Hon Wing Joe
  • Dr Lo Wai Yin
  • Dr Ngai Siu Keung George
  • Dr Poon Yu Hin
  • Mr Prem Prasad Poudel
  • Dr Tang Hei Hang Hayes
  • Dr Yu Wai Bing
  • Dr Yuen Wai Wa Timothy
  • Dr Ng Mei Lee
  • Dr Yung Wai Ho Kevin
Mentor
  • Dr Darren Bryant
Project
  • Supporting academic development of students from low socio-economic background through education policy: Historical development, experience, and outcome
Area 7: Language and Literacy
International Partner
Institute of Education, University College London
Regional Partner
School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University
Research area
  • Language and Literacy
Leader(s)
  • Dr Yip Chi Wing Michael
Members
  • Dr Lin Dan
  • Dr Pan Jinger
  • Dr Tong Xiuhong
  • Dr Tso Van Yip Ricky
  • Dr Wang Jie Jane
  • Dr Wang Zhenlin
  • Dr Yeung Siu Sze Susanna
  • Dr Liu Duo Phil
  • Dr Yum Yen Na Cherry
  • Dr Fong Yui Chi Cathy
Mentor
  • Prof Cheung Him
Project
  • The Role of Set-for-Variability in English word reading for Chinese ESL students
Area 8: Mental health in school and related community settings
International Partner
Institute of Psychology, Institute of Educational Science, School of Business and Economics, University Hospital RWTH Aachen, RWTH Aachen University
Regional Partner
School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University
Research area
  • Self-regulation and interpersonal regulation to promote physical and mental health in school and related community settings
Leader(s)
  • Dr Poon Kai Tak Ivan
Members
  • Dr Emma Buchtel
  • Dr Ho Chun Yip Henry
  • Dr Hou Wai Kai
  • Dr Kwan Lok Yin Joyce
  • Dr Lau Esther Yuet Ying
  • Dr Law Wilbert
  • Dr Leung Nga Man Angel
  • Dr Li Man Wai Liman
  • Dr Li Tianyuan
  • Dr Cheung Yuen Man Rebecca
  • Dr Jiang Da
Mentor
  • Dr Chan Ka Shing Kevin
Project
  • Behavioral and Emotional Coregulation among Colleagues: A Longitudinal Study of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Hong Kong

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