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Master’s Student Publishes in International Journal

Master's Student Publishes in International Journal

Miss Michelle Chiu, former Master of Arts in Child and Family Education (MA(CFE)) student at The Education University of Hong Kong, has had her thesis, “Extracurricular participation and young children’s outcomes in Hong Kong: Maternal involvement as a moderator”, published in Children and Youth Service Review. Her thesis examined the implications of extracurricular participation for child adjustment.

Chiu’s results indicated that extracurricular participation was associated with better school readiness and social skills. Moreover, children seemed to benefit more from extracurricular participation when their parents had less time to engage with them.

Chiu thanked her supervisor, Dr Eva Lau Yi-hung, Assistant Professor at the Department of Early Childhood Education and Programme Coordinator of MA(CFE). “Dr Lau walked me through the whole process. I remember her going to a kindergarten with me to collect data from children. She first let me do the interview, and then we discussed my performance and ways to improve. She then demonstrated how things should be done by doing an interview herself. I really feel that she was scaffolding my learning!”

MA(CFE) is the only programme in Hong Kong that combines both child development and family education. Chiu’s achievement indicates its international applicability.

 Michelle Chiu (right) and her supervisor Dr Eva Lau (left)