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Black-box Optimization via Statistical PhysicsAn investigation of the use of group dialogue and questioning strategies with primary school students learning visual arts in museums and schools

An investigation of the use of group dialogue and questioning strategies with primary school students learning visual arts in museums and schools

  • Project Leader
  • Dr TAM, Cheung On (Department of Cultural and Creative Arts) 
  • Description
  • There is a lack of empirical research into group dialogue – the most used education strategy in museums and the most basic component of teaching in classrooms. The proposed study will investigate the group dialogues conducted by teachers with students in museums and classrooms. 
  • Scheme
  • General Research Fund 
  • Year
  • 2017/2018 
Black-box Optimization via Statistical Physics

Black-box Optimization via Statistical Physics

  • Project Leader
  • Dr YEUNG, Chi Ho (Department of Science and Environmental Studies) 
  • Description
  • In the proposed research, we will overcome the obstacle of an unknown objective function and apply statistical physics tools to (1) develop a fundamental understanding of the nature of black-box optimization problems, (2) derive a macroscopic description of their behaviors and understand the effectiveness of their existing solution methods, and (3) apply these insights to improve existing solution methods, and devise new physics-inspired and understanding-driven algorithms for black-box problems. 
  • Scheme
  • General Research Fund 
  • Year
  • 2017/2018 
Climate change and economic vulnerabilities in early modern China

Climate change and economic vulnerabilities in early modern China

  • Project Leader
  • Dr PEI, Qing (Department of Social Sciences) 
  • Description
  • This study is the first to quantitatively prove and evaluate the closeness of linkage between climate change and agrarian economy at both macroscale and microscale in early modern China. 
  • Scheme
  • Early Career Scheme 
  • Year
  • 2017/2018 
Coercive parenting, child temperament, and child aggression: A mixed methods and two-wave longitudinal study

Coercive parenting, child temperament, and child aggression: A mixed methods and two-wave longitudinal study

  • Project Leader
  • Dr LAU, Yi Hung Eva (Department of Early Childhood Education) 
  • Description
  • This study aims to explore Chinese parents’ beliefs on parental control (Study 1) as well as to analyze the bidirectional relations between parental control and child aggression and the parenting-by-temperament interaction effect on child aggression (Study 2) using a two-wave longitudinal, mixed methods, and multi-informant research design with a Hong Kong preschool sample. 
  • Scheme
  • General Research Fund 
  • Year
  • 2017/2018 
Construction of gender in primary literacy resources: A study of readers for Hong Kong early learners

Construction of gender in primary literacy resources: A study of readers for Hong Kong early learners

  • Project Leader
  • Dr LEE, Fung King Jackie (Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies) 
  • Description
  • The present study arises from the belief that early school readers play a major role in the socialization of children’s lives and their gender development. Given that schooling is an important medium of reproducing cultures and of perpetuating the existing mechanisms of domination, the present study aims to examine how males and females are represented in early readers. 
  • Scheme
  • General Research Fund 
  • Year
  • 2017/2018