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Research Themes

Research Themes

We conduct research aimed at improving education policy, quality and equity by generating knowledge, interventions and innovations that improve learning, well-being and the work of practitioners in education organisations and community services.

We promote innovation through Research Themes, Centres and Research Groups:

Research Themes

Children, Learning and Development

This theme researches: learning and teaching in the early years including creativity, curriculum, pedagogy, literacy and leadership; and the psychological and socio-cultural underpinnings of child development, parents and families

Leader

Prof Kerry Lee

Research Centres

Featured Research

  • 3Es: Early Prevention, Early Identification and Early Intervention: A School-based Support Model of Social-Emotional Development for Kindergarten Children
    3Es: Early Prevention, Early Identification and Early Intervention: A School-based Support Model of Social-Emotional Development for Kindergarten Children
    Prof CHUNG Kevin Kien Hoa
    Chair Professor and Head, Department of Early Childhood Education
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    Dr LAM Chun Bun, Ian Prof LEUNG Man, Cynthia * *Investigator from an outside institution/organization
    Simon K Y Lee Foundation Limited
    2015 - 2019

    The research aimed to provide a School-Based Support Model of Social-Emotional Development for Kindergarten Children. It develops and implements a tiered intervention model of the response to intervention for promotion children’s social-emotional competence, preventing and addressing challenging social-emotional difficulties.

    This project also targets to encompass support for teachers and parents of young children with social-emotional needs who attend kindergartens at K2 and K3.

This theme researches: curriculum theory; learning; analytics and assessment; teacher education and professional learning; development education; and information and communications technology

Leader

Prof David Coniam

Research Centre

Assessment Research Centre

UNESCO Chair

UNESCO Chair in Regional Education Development and Lifelong Learning

Research Group

Positive Psychology in Education Research Group

Featured Research

  • Automatic Assessment Score Analysis
    Automatic Assessment Score Analysis
    Prof CHIU Ming Ming
    Director, Assessment Research Centre Chair Professor, Department of Special Education and Counselling
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    Prof LO Sing Kai Hon Prof MOK, Magdalena Mo Ching Dr KWAN Lok Yin Joyce Dr YAN Zi Dr LING Man Ho Alpha Dr POON Kin Man Dr MATSUNOBU Koji Dr HSU, Chia Ling Mr CHEN Chia Wen* *Investigator from an outside institution/organization
    Central Reserve Allocation Committee, EdUHK
    2019 - 2020

    The project creates Automatic Assessment Score Analysis (AASA) software to analyze properly scores of test questions, essays, etc. AASA requires zero statistics/computer knowledge and uses teachers’ existing data on their students’ scores.

    AASA applies cutting-edge statistics to assess students accurately and produce an easy-to-understand report that

    • sorts students (lowest to highest learning outcomes);
    • sorts questions from easiest to hardest (poorly- to well-understood ideas);
    • suggests removal of poor questions (easily guessed, misleading, etc.).

This theme researches: education policy, school leadership and management, comparative education, educational change, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Leader

Dr Darren Bryant

Research Centre

The Joseph Lau Luen Hung Charitable Trust Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC)

Research Group

Diversity, Equity and Social Inclusion Research Group

Featured Research

  • A Distributed Perspective on Middle Leadership in International Baccalaureate Continuum Schools in Northeast Asia
    A Distributed Perspective on Middle Leadership in International Baccalaureate Continuum Schools in Northeast Asia
    Dr BRYANT Darren
    Associate Director and Research Fellow of Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change
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    Prof WALKER Allan Prof SPILLANE James* Dr ALVIAR Theresa *Investigator from an outside institution/organization
    International Baccalaureate Organization
    2016-2019

    This research focuses on middle leaders’ interaction with senior leaders, other middle leaders, and informal leaders, and the tools and routines that they employ when engaging in these interactions. Framing the study around the Director of Learning in International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum schools, will result in the identification of leadership practices, the materials, resources and routines that middle leaders use and develop to support their practice, and the impact of contextual factor, such as participation in the IB continuum, that facilitate or impede effective leadership distributions.

This theme researches: clinical and health psychology, cognition, psychometrics and assessment, developmental and educational psychology, and social and cultural psychology

Leader

Prof Cheung Him

Research Centre

Centre for Psychosocial Health

Research Groups

  • Psychosocial Health / Well-being Research Group
  • Language / Literacy Development Research Group

Featured Research

  • Drive to Thrive Theory: Processes and Outcomes from a Flexibility Perspective
    Drive to Thrive Theory: Processes and Outcomes from a Flexibility Perspective
    Dr HOU Wai Kai
    Director, Centre for Psychosocial Health Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
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    Fulbright - RGC Hong Kong Senior Research Scholar Award
    2016-2017

    This project aimed to provide a new framework and empirical evidence for explaining human stress resilience using the drive to thrive theory and the framework of regulatory flexibility.

    In the research, study 1 targeted to critically review the current literature on the strategies of sustaining everyday life fabrics across different traumatic and chronic stressful conditions and evaluate the utility of the three sequential components of regulatory flexibility in explaining everyday adaptation. Study 2 aimed to develop a multi-method approach to examine and validate emotional flexibility as a potential outcome measure of stress resilience in everyday life.

This theme researches: special physical and intellectual needs to improve the education, well-being and care-services of young people, and to support their teachers and families.

Leader

Prof Hue Ming Tak

Research Centre

Integrated Centre for Wellbeing

Featured Research

  • Teaching and Learning for Children with SEN by Using Intelligent Robot
    Teaching and Learning for Children with SEN by Using Intelligent Robot
    Prof. SIN Kuen Fung
    Director, Centre for Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education Professor, Department of Special Education and Counselling
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    Dr SZETO Sing Ying Elson
    The HSBC 150th Anniversary Charity Program
    2016 - 2019

    This is an innovative project led by TWGH Kwan Fong Kai Chi School, in partnership with Hong Kong Special Schools Council, PEAK of Vocational Training Council and over 30 special schools in Hong Kong. In the research, Prof. SIN and his team conducted the evaluation work on the “Teaching and Learning for Children with special education needs (SEN) by using Intelligent Robot” for school-based consultancy, research activities, knowledge dissemination and staff training.

    With the concerted effort, the deliverables included over 60 teaching kits for the teaching and learning of SEN students with the Robot. During the research period, over 8,000 SEN students in 70 special schools or centers were benefitted for the provision of robot and related activities.