RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP 1999
Research Project
Education

Research Projects

Arts and
Languages

Administrative,
Business and
Social Studies

Biological Sciences

Physical Sciences

Education

Medicine,
Dentistry
and Health:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Civil and
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Electrical and 
Electronic
Engineering

Computing
Sciences,
Information 
Technology 
and Applied
Mathematics

Mechanical,
Production and
Industrial 
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including
Textiles and 
Clothing

Architecture,
Surveying,
Urban Planning
and Urban Studies

Law


A STUDY OF THE SPOKEN ENGLISH PERFORMANCE OF HONG KONG FORM 7 STUDENTS BEFORE AND AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF THE "USE OF ENGLISH" ORAL EXAMINATION

The Hong Kong Examinations Authority (HKEA) is introducing an oral component into the Use of English (UE) exam from 1994. One main reason for adding an oral to the existing UE was the likely washback effect upon teaching at Forms 6/7: that teachers wouldfeel obliged to attend to the development of students' speaking skills. The research will examine one particular aspect of washback: the influence upon students' learning.

Investigators: Mr. S.J. Andrews (Principal)

Mr. J. Fullilove

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Hong Kong Examination Authority

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1994.07


TEACHERS' AND PARENTS' PERCEPTION OF CHILDREN WITH MENTAL HANDICAP

To investigate how teachers and parents perceive children with mental handicap.

Investigator: Ms M.L. Au

Department: Education

Starting date: 1994.09


EDUCATING THE DEVELOPMENTALLY YOUNG

To develop a training programme for parents to work with Chinese children with mental handicap.

Investigators: Ms M.L. Au (Principal)

Dr. P. Farrell

Department: Education

Source of funding: Queen Elizabeth Fund for People with Mental Handicap

Starting date: 1996.07


A STUDY OF THE EFFECT OF INDIVIDUAL LEARNER DIFFERENCES AND PERFORMANCE ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING TASKS IN A SECOND LANGUAGE CONTEXT

To determine how, and to what extent, individual differences in personality can affect performance on various types of language learning tasks, thus providing a more informed base from which to structure contexts of learning and assessment in ways appropriate to individual student needs.

Investigators: Ms V.E. Berry (Principal)

Professor W.F. Zhu

Departments: English Centre

School of English Language Communication, Beijing Foreign Studies University, People's Republic of China

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


A DAGAARE-CANTONESE-ENGLISH LEXICOGRAPHICAL RESOURCE

To compile a concise on-line dictionary or lexical resource base of the basic vocabulary items in Dagaare with Cantonese and English equivalents.

Investigator: Dr. A.B. Bodomo

Department: Linguistics

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1999.03


EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN SMALL STATES

To examine the ways in which educational development in small states is distinctively different from that in medium-sized and large states. Challenges concern provision of higher education, curriculum development with small resource bases, administration in highly personalised societies, operation of regional and international linkages, negotiation of foreign aid, and operation of examinations systems. Small states are defined to include the 80 countries/territories with fewer than 1.5 million people.

Investigator: Professor T.M. Bray

Department: Education

Source of funding: Commonwealth Secretariat and UNESCO

The World Bank

Starting date: 1991.09


PRIVATISATION AND PUBLICISATION OF EDUCATION: TRENDS AND IMPLICATIONS IN HONG KONG AND MACAU

To investigate changing patterns of control of education in the two territories, and to conduct a comparative analysis, thereby contributing to both conceptual understanding and policy debate. The research commenced with the school system, and then moved to supplementary private tutoring.

Investigator: Professor T.M. Bray

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Hang Seng Bank Golden Jubilee Education Fund for Research

Starting date: 1994.03


HOUSEHOLD FINANCING OF EDUCATION IN EAST ASIA

To measure the scale of household financing of education at different levels (kindergarten to university) in Hong Kong and several countries of East Asia (particularly mainland China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar and Philippines). The study includes private tuition as well as the household expenditures on books, stationery, etc.

Investigator: Professor T.M. Bray

Department: Education

Source of funding: Asian Development Bank

International Institute for Educational Planning

The World Bank

United Nation Children's Fund

United Nation Education Science and Cultural Organization

Starting date: 1995.01


THEORIES AND METHODS IN COMPARATIVE EDUCATION RESEARCH

To examine historical trends and contemporary diversity in comparative education research. It is cataloguing the relative merits of different approaches and identifying appropriate strategies for projects of different types. Comparative education has been defined to include intranational as well as international studies.

Investigator: Professor T.M. Bray

Department: Education

Starting date: 1996.01


COMPARATIVE STUDY OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG AND MACAU

To carry out comparative study of education in Hong Kong and Macau.

Investigator: Professor T.M. Bray

Department: Education

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1998.03


COMMUNITY FINANCING OF EDUCATION: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES

To investigate household and community partnerships in the financing of pre-primary, primary and secondary education in South Asia and East Africa. Particular focus is on projects supported by the Aga Khan Foundation in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Pakistan, India and Tajikistan. The project investigates the dynamics as well as the scale of financing.

Investigator: Professor T.M. Bray

Department: Education

Source of funding: Aga Khan Foundation

UK Department for International Development

Starting date: 1998.05


STUDENTS' APPROACHES TO SUMMARIZATION AND LEARNING OUTCOMES IN SECOND LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION

To investigate summarization as a pedagogical approach for enhancing reading comprehension in second language for Hong Kong students; to examine how studnets deal with the cognitive demands of comprehending L2 texts and whether engaging them in deeper level of processing would help them perform better.

Investigators: Dr. C.K.K. Chan (Principal)

Professor J.R. Kirby

Departments: Education

Faculty of Education, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


HELPING PRE-SERVICE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS TO BECOME BETTER PROBLEM SOLVERS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING

To examine the extent to which a problem-based teaching module is effective in fostering understanding and skills of problem solving; to characterize the process of change in pre-service teachers' beliefs about teaching and learning.

Investigator: Dr. C.K.K. Chan

Department: Education

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1997.03


PREPARATION OF STUDENTS FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION

To look at the general profiles of secondary school students who are leaving the secondary school system and entering tertiary education.

Investigators: Professor K.M. Cheng (Principal)

Dr. W.Y.W. Lai Au Yeung

Dr. C.C. Lan

Dr. F.K.S. Leung

Mr. H.S. Tsoi

Departments: Education

Curriculum Studies

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Source of funding: University Grants Committee Central Allocation

Starting date: 1995.02


HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE IN MAINLAND CHINA

To describe the system of financing higher education in Mainland China

Investigator: Professor K.M. Cheng

Department: Education

Source of funding: University Grants Committee Central Allocation

Starting date: 1995.02


POST-COMPULSORY EDUCATION IN A CHANGING ECONOMY: THE CASE OF SHANGHAI

To understand the change in the supply and demand of manpower in a socialist society during its transition towards a market economy, and to undersand the change in the education system and the student ideologies.

Investigators: Professor K.M. Cheng (Principal)

Dr. W.O. Lee

Dr. Y.M. Leung

Dr. A.K.C. Wong

Mr. H.K. Yip

Departments: Education

Census and Statistics, Hong Kong Government

Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

RGC Fundable Projects (Block Grant Funded)

Starting date: 1995.09


ACHIEVING SCHOOLS: AN INTERCULTURAL STUDY OF SUCCESS AGAINST THE ODDS

Case study of two schools which achieve under deprived conditions.

Investigator: Professor K.M. Cheng

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


TRANSITION FROM PLANNED TO MARKET ECONOMY: POST-COMPULSORY EDUCATION IN SHANGHAI

To understand the dynamic interactions between education and the economy, and the impact of such interactions on the ideology of the young adults during the transition from planned to market economy in China, using students at the completion of their compulsory education in Shanghai as a microcosm of such dynamics.

Investigators: Professor K.M. Cheng (Principal)

Dr. W.O. Lee

Mr. K.F. Leung

Dr. Y.M. Leung

Dr. A.K.C. Wong

Mr. H.K. Yip

Departments: Education

Census and Statistics, Hong Kong Government

Hong Kong Curriculum Development Institute

Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1996.10


FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN HONG KONG AND AUSTRALIA: IMPLICATIONS FOR A NEW GLOBAL ERA

To evaluate the existing business education curriculum in both Hong Kong and Australia, and to makes recommendations with regard to future directions for policy makers in the respective countries.

Investigators: Mr. C.K. Cheung (Principal)

Dr. A. Mylona

Dr. C. Velde

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) IN THE BUSINESS EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG

To evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation of Information Technology (IT) in the business education curriculum in the secondary schools in Hong Kong.

Investigator: Mr. C.K. Cheung

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Grants for INSTEP-based Research and Publications

Starting date: 1997.01


POWER NEGOTIATION BETWEEN THE LOCALE AND CENTRE: A CASE STUDY OF DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY IN GUANGDONG IN THE 80'S

To explore how universities and their administering units in Guangdong respond to the decentralization process initiated by the central government; to trace the extent to which central government is prepared to tolerate when the local governments implement policies in ways which may be outside the policy scope as prescribed in relevant government regulations and decrees and how these practices may lead to changes in national policy.

Investigator: Mr. K.W. Cheung

Department: Education

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1995.04 Completion date: 1999.06


FROM BUREAUCRATIC CONSIDERATIONS TO POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS: CHANGING EDUCATION POLICY MAKING IN HONG KONG

The implication of the changing political structure of Hong Kong on educational decision-making in Hong Kong.

Investigator: Mr. K.W. Cheung

Department: Education

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1997.03 Completion date: 1999.06


TOWARD STATE REGULATED PRIVATE PRACTICE: EXPLORING THE EMERGENCE AND REGULATION OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN CHINA

To use the development of private education in Guangdong Province as an example to offer more informed advice to the NPC in their deliberation of legislation of private education in China; to use the development of legislation of Chinese Government as an example to understand the dynamics of relationship between Provincial and Central Governments.

Investigator: Mr. K.W. Cheung

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


DIGITAL LIBRARY FOR THE STUDY OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND EDUCATION POLICY - CREATION OF A SEARCHABLE WEB-BASED MULTIMEDIA REFERENCE LIBRARY

To develop a searchable web-based multi-media library on the Intranet for the study of education and social welfare policy at various levels of courses; to facilitate teaching staff in the University of Hong Kong to develop web based teaching materials in relation to policy issues in social welfare and education; to create a web-site to host reference materials of social welfare and education policy in Hong Kong; to enhance students' interest in social welfare and education policy through internet studying and multimedia teaching; to help students' active learning through articulating their needs and questions in the cyber-forums connected with this digital library.

Investigators: Mr. K.W. Cheung (Principal)

Dr. C.W. Lam

Departments: Education

Social Work and Social Administration

Source of funding: Teaching Development Grants issued by The University Grants Committee of Hong Kong

Starting date: 1999.05


MULTI-MEDIA SOFTWARE PACKAGE FOR THE LEARNING OF CHINESE WORDS

To produce a multi-media software package for the learning of Chinese words for use by primary school pupils.

Investigators: Mr. A.L.S. Chung (Principal)

Mr. W.W. Ki

Ms P.Y. Ko

Mr. H.C. Lam

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Language Fund

Starting date: 1999.03


AUDITORY TEMPORAL RESOLUTION IN NORMAL AND HEARING IMPAIRED LISTENERS USING SEQUENCES OF FREQUENCY GLIDES

To study auditory temporal resolution through the recognition of nonspeech sound patterns whose pitch contour is similar to that of Cantonese tonal patterns; to compare the temporal resolution of hearing-impaired and normal-hearing listeners; to develop a test of auditory memory and recognition which does not require the use of speech or musical skills.

Investigators: Dr. V. Ciocca (Principal)

Mr. D.K.K. Au

Departments: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Surgery

Source of funding: Simon K.Y. Lee Research Fund

Starting date: 1993.05


THE RECOGNITION OF FINAL STOP CONSONANTS IN CANTONESE

To investigate the acoustic features underlying the perception of unreleased final plosives (/k/,/p/,/t/) in Cantonese; to develop a standardized test of speech recognition that takes into account the specific features of the Cantonese language.

Investigator: Dr. V. Ciocca

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1993.07


POLITICAL TRANSITION IN THE SCHOOLS OF HONG KONG: PERCEPTIONS OF LEGISLATIVE INTENT AND EDUCATIONAL IMPACT

To document and describe the variety and degree of concern that Hong Kong teachers have about the political transition of 1997.

Investigator: Dr. M.A. Constas

Department: Education

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1995.01


SUBSTANCE ABUSE - ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOURS IN SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG

To promote informed substance abuse education in the schools by liaison with Socially Related Education co-ordinators and principals, and to build up a body of data for international comparison and collaboration.

Investigator: Dr. J.R. Day

Department: Curriculum Studies

Starting date: 1985.05


PROJECT CRUCIAL

To make available and research use of World Wide Web based teaching resources for teachers and teacher educators in Hong Kong schools.

Investigators: Dr. J.R. Day (Principal)

Mr. K.P. Leung

Departments: Curriculum Studies

The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Source of funding: The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Starting date: 1996.03


A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND THEIR BELIEFS AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS ON THEIR TEACHING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL SYSTEM

As Hong Kong prepares to implement a new curriculum and concomitant assessment system, it will be of help to educators and trainers to compare the knowledge, beliefs and attitudes of Hong Kong teachers with those of other countries, some of which have introduced similar innovations, others which have not.

Investigators: Dr. P. Falvey (Principal)

Miss L.Y. Cheng

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1995.07


THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPACT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG FACULTY OF EDUCATION'S IN-SERVICE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME (INSTEP), 1985-1996

To delineate the factors which led to the formation of INSTEP; to provide an account of the development of INSTEP; to assess the impact of INSTEP, with particular regard to teachers and teacher education; to analyse INSTEP as a case study of programme development in continuing professional education.

Investigators: Dr. P. Falvey (Principal)

Ms M. Chung

Dr. J.A.K. Holford

Departments: Curriculum Studies

INSTEP Unit, Faculty of Education

School of Professional and Continuing Education

Source of funding: Grants for INSTEP-based Research and Publications

Starting date: 1996.01


ESTABLISHING A DATABASE FOR DECISIONS ON THE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY NEED OF PCED (PART-TIME) STUDENTS

To establish comparative entry levels for English language for P.C.Ed. and B.Ed. applicants to this university, given Government's decision in ECR6 to establish language benchmarks for a) teachers of English; b) teachers of other subjects who teach through the medium of English.

Investigators: Dr. P. Falvey (Principal)

Dr. D.J. Coniam

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Curriculum and Instruction, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Source of funding: Grants for INSTEP-based Research and Publications

Starting date: 1996.04


THE IDENTIFICATION AND CHARACTERISATION OF A SUBJECT POOL OF CANTONESE-SPEAKING CHILDREN WITH SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT (SLI)

The outcome of this project will be a large pool of SLI children on whom standardised language and IQ measures are available, to serve as a database for longitudinal research which will delineate the linguistic characteristics of this condition in Cantonese speakers.

Investigators: Professor P.J. Fletcher (Principal)

Dr. C.S. Leung

Dr. S.F. Stokes

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


MILESTONES IN CANTONESE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

To describe the growth and development of vocabulary and major syntactic patterns in Cantonese-speaking pre-school children, and to make this information available to speech therapists and other interested professionals.

Investigators: Professor P.J. Fletcher (Principal)

Dr. C.S. Leung

Dr. S.F. Stokes

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Hong Kong Government Language Fund

Starting date: 1997.02


TRADITIONAL CHINESE FAMILY EDUCATION STUDY (PART 3): VALUE ORIENTATION ANALYSIS OF THE MASTERPIECES FOR THE EDUCATION OF WOMEN IN HAN, TANG AND SONG PERIODS IN CHINA

To conduct a research on the influencial texts traditionally used for women's education in China by applying value-orientation analysis.

Investigator: Dr. A.S.L. Fung

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1997.07 Completion date: 1998.09


MULTI-MEDIA PROJECT FOR THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF CHINESE RHETORIC

1. Based on some materials of the book published by the principal investigator (Fung, l995), producing a multi-media software package for the teaching and learning of 17 prescribed forms of Chinese rhetoric. 2. Examining the effectiveness and problems of adopting IT (Information Technology) education through this project.

Investigators: Dr. A.S.L. Fung (Principal)

Dr. S.K. Tse

Dr. H.K. Yuen

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07 Completion date: 1999.06


A STUDY OF SCHOOL GUIDANCE FOCUS AND PERCEPTION OF "WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH TO GUIDANCE" IN HONG KONG SECONDARY SCHOOLS

To investigate the guidance focus adopted by schools and teachers' views on "a whole school approach to guidance".

Investigator: Dr. E.K.P. Hui

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1997.07


A STUDY ON A SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT OF DEVELOPMENTAL GUIDANCE

To investigate the implementation of developmental guidance in a Hong Kong secondary school.

Investigators: Dr. E.K.P. Hui (Principal)

Ms. C. Tsui

Departments: Education

Educational Psychologist with Catholic Diocesan Schools

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


A STUDY OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG: THE CASE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL CHINESE HISTORY

To enquire, from an historical perspective, into the nature of and processes by which curriculum has been developed in Hong Kong. The study will focus on the development of Chinese history currciulum since l946 when the School Leaving Certificate Examination was reintroduced after the Second World War.

Investigators: Miss F.L.F. Kan (Principal)

Professor P.J.T.F. Morris

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


A CHINESE STORY BOOK WRITER FOR PUPILS

To explore the use of computers as a supportive environment for creative activities and exploration of ideas by pupils (as opposed to the common use of computers for delivery of knowledge). In particular, this research intends to: 1) look into the process of creative writing to explore the desirable features of a computing environment for encouraging students to engage in creative writing and for enhancing students' powers of expression and language skills; 2) develop a computer based writing tool - a Chinese Storybook Writer for Pupils; 3) assess if there is any difference in the creative process gone through by the pupils, their acquisition of language skills and the quality of their written work whether the writing is done using the computer-based writing tool or not.

Investigators: Mr. W.W. Ki (Principal)

Mr. A.L.S. Chung

Dr. S.K. Tse

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1988.12


THE PROFILE OF TEACHING PRESCRIBED CHINESE TEXTS IN HONG KONG SECONDARY SCHOOL

To investigate the methods used by teachers in teaching prescribed Chinese texts in secondary classrooms.

Investigators: Ms P.Y. Ko (Principal)

Ms Y.K. Law

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1998.03 Completion date: 1999.02


TEACHING AND LEARNING OF MAPPING SKILLS - IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF A SUPPLEMENTARY MAP UNIT IN JUNIOR SECONDARY GEOGRAPHY CURRICULUM

To critically analyse the educational significance of the supplementary map unit; to find out the perceptual understanding that geography teachers have upon the supplementary map unit; to find out the geography teachers' conception of teaching mapping skills; to illuminate the actual teaching of this supplementary map unit to S1 students; to find out the experiential learning of S1 students upon the supplementary map unit; to find out S1 students' conceptual understanding of maps and the related skills; to assess whether the educational significance of the supplementary map unit can be materialized in classroom setting.

Investigators: Dr. T.Y.L. Kwan (Principal)

Professor R. Gerber

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Health and Professional Studies, University of New England, Australia

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.09


QUALITY ENHANCEMENT IN THE TEACHING PRACTICUM (QETP)

To enhance understanding of existing practices in supervision of the practicum; to raise awareness of our strengths and weaknesses with regard to student teachers' responses to our supervisory practice; to explore the effectiveness of existing arrangements for the practicum, and possible improvements; to strengthen our supervisory abilities, and become more responsive to students' needs and stages of development.

Investigators: Dr. O.W.Y. Kwo (Principal)

Mr. R.D. Adamson

Mr. D.R. Bunton

Ms E.L.M. Cheung

Professor B.L. Cooke

Dr. P. Falvey

Dr. A.S.L. Fung

Mrs. M.L. Fung Lo

Mr. C.K. Lee

Mr. F.J. Lopez-Real

Dr. P.G. Stimpson

Dr. M.L. Taplin

Dr. S.K. Tse

Mr. B.H.W. Yung

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching

Source of funding: Teaching Development Grants issued by The University Grants Committee of Hong Kong

Starting date: 1995.11 Completion date: 1998.10


ACTIVATING PEER SUPPORT: A STRATEGIC RESOURCE IN ENHANCING PROFESSIONAL LEARNING IN THE TEACHING PRACTICUM (APS)

To develop procedure manual to facilitate peer coaching for the teaching practicum; to examine student-teachers reflectivity via peer support.

Investigators: Dr. O.W.Y. Kwo (Principal)

Dr. D. Chan

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Curriculum and Instruction, Hong Kong Institution of Education

Source of funding: Action Learning Project

Starting date: 1997.09


DEVELOPING REFLECTIVITY AND TARGETS FOR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

To examine both the nature of school-based coaching support to student teachers and its impact on professional learning of both student teachers and in-service teachers.

Investigator: Dr. O.W.Y. Kwo

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


ASSESSMENT OF THE FIT OF A FACTOR ANALYSIS MODEL TO ITEMS

To determine whether indices of fit of the factor analysis model will suggest a misleadingly poor fit even when the model fits the items well; to examine methods of overcoming the shortcomings of these indices.

Investigator: Mr. R.Y.H. Lam

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1990.05


A COGNITIVE APPROACH TO ASSESSING PERFORMANCES IN ENGLISH

All present asssessments of students' performances are based on what students can do correctly in relation to a set of test questions. This study examines an alternative approach of assessment in which students' performances are judged on the basis of how they process information in order to arrive at a correct or incorrect solution.

Investigator: Mr. R.Y.H. Lam

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1991.05


AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL SENSITIVITY OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL SCIENCE CURRICULUM IN HONG KONG

The study proposes to (a) examine methods of assessing instructional sensitivity and (b) apply these methods to survey data collected already on the science achievement of school students in Hong Kong. The aims of the analyses are to identify those areas of the science curriculum where students have not been able to show an improvement in understanding even when exposed to instruction and those areas which are less resistant to teaching.

Investigator: Mr. R.Y.H. Lam

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1991.05


AN ITEM RESPONSE THEORY (IRT) MODEL FOR SERIALLY RELATED TEST ITEMS

IRT models provide a mathematical description of students' performances to test items. A restrictive assumption of the models is that an examinee's responses to test items are statistically independent. This assumption is not satisfied in tests such those found in the A Levels and the O Levels examinations. A modified model is proposed and the purpose of this study is to examine the properties of the model using real and simulated test data.

Investigator: Mr. R.Y.H. Lam

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1992.07


TEACHING SCIENCE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY: A MOTIVATING AND INTELLECTUALLY CHALLENGING CURRICULUM FOR THE ACADEMICALLY LESS ABLE STUDENTS

To develop, trial and evaluate a new curriculum approach to the teaching of science. The central thesis of this project is that while many students (in Hong Kong as well as in many other countries) find science irrelevent, non-motivating and inaccessible, science can be made into an intellectually challenging and vigorous area of learning and yet still be motivating and academically accessible, even for many of those students normally classified as academically less able, through changes in the curriculum organization and the teaching approach.

Investigator: Dr. N.W.Y. Law

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1994.07


ICONIC MODEL MARKER: TOOL FOR CREATING MODELS FROM OBJECTS AND EVENTS

To develop a version of the iconic modelling tool on the IBM platform that can support Chinese input and display and to explore ways in which the tool can be integrated into the junior secondary science curriculum to promote the development of important information skills relating to the creation and use of models.

Investigators: Dr. N.W.Y. Law (Principal)

Professor J. Ogborn

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Science Education, University of London, Institute of Education, U.K.

Source of funding: UK/HK Joint Research Scheme (British Council / Hong Kong Research Grants Council)

Starting date: 1995.09


DEVELOPING HIGHER LEVEL SCIENTIFIC PROCESS SKILLS THROUGH LEARNING WITH ARTIFICIAL WORLDS

To develop computer-based modelling tools that can run on both English and Chinese language platforms; to develop sample curriculum materials for use in conjunction with the existing science curriculum; to conduct a pilot evaluative study on the use of ssuch materials.

Investigators: Dr. N.W.Y. Law (Principal)

Professor J. Ogborn

Mr. M.W. Tse

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Science Education, University of London, Institute of Education, U.K.

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


EDUCATING TEACHERS FOR THE INFORMATION AGE

To pilot a curriculum development and implementation project to integrate IT fully into the Math and Science streams of the PCEd program so that teachers graduating from the program would be so used to employing IT in their own learning and professional activities that they cannot imagine life as a professional without IT. This is seen to be a fundamental requirement of teacher education programs if these were to have significant impact on the use of IT in schools. To explore the possibility of involving placement schools in a partnership on the use of IT in Science and Math education, where conditions permit.

Investigators: Dr. N.W.Y. Law (Principal)

Dr. C.G. Blurton

Dr. J.R. Day

Dr. L.P.K. Tao

Dr. H.K. Yuen

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching

Source of funding: Action Learning Project

Starting date: 1997.09


RESEARCH INTO THE USE OF INTERNET IN ENHANCING IN-SERVICE CONTINUING TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH COLLABORATIVE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

To explore the use of the internet in enhancing continuing in-service teacher professional development through collaborative curriculum development.

Investigators: Dr. N.W.Y. Law (Principal)

Mr. W.M. Chow

Mrs. M.L. Fung Lo

Mr. W.W. Ki

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1997.10


A DATA CORPUS OF SPOKEN CANTONESE

1. To establish a major data corpus of spoken Cantonese. It consists of recordings of naturally occuring speech including phone-in programmes on the radio and talk shows. The transcription will be of high quality so that phonetic variations, and speech errors will be reflected. 2. To make the entire corpus accessible to the general public through distributing it on disks to other academics.

Investigator: Dr. S.P. Law

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1998.11


A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF CANTONESE APHASIC PRODUCTION: PROCEDURE AND DATA

To develop a procedure to analyse Cantonese aphasics' narrative speech quantitatively.

Investigator: Dr. S.P. Law

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Run Run Shaw Research and Teaching Endowment Fund

Starting date: 1998.12


EDUCATION AND MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT IN THE PEARL RIVER DELTA, CHINA

To understand the economic development in the Pearl River Delta region under China's open-door policy; to explore the types of manpower needed during rapid economic developments in a developing region, as illustraed by the case of the Pearl River Delta; to investigate how far the policy of localisation and decentralisation in the context of socialist centralisation has affected manpower needs in an open region in China; to study how and how far these manpower needs are met by the education sector, especially the vocational and technical education sector.

Investigators: Dr. W.O. Lee (Principal)

Professor K.M. Cheng

Dr. G.A. Postiglione

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1993.07


SCHOOL-RUN ENTERPRISES IN GUANGDONG, CHINA

To investigate schools in Guangdong that have embarked on school-run enterprises, analysing the types of enterprises engaged in, the operation of the schools and the enterprises, tracing the legislative and ideological background to the establishment of school-run enterprises, and studying the impacts on educational adminstration and financing and the perception of schooling in China.

Investigators: Dr. W.O. Lee (Principal)

Dr. J.C.K. Chan

Professor K.M. Cheng

Dr. Z.B. Li

Departments: Education

Centre for Educational Development, The Hong Kong Bapist University

Guangzhou Educational Science Research Institute, People's Republic of China

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1994.07


CONCEPTS OF EFFECTIVE CITIZENSHIP AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF CIVIC EDUCATION: AN INTERNATIONAL IEA STUDY OF CIVIC EDUCATION IN HONG KONG AND OTHER SCHOOL SYSTEMS

To examine the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their role as citizens in Hong Kong society in this period of political transition, as well as the aspects of political identity that are important to them, in the context of an international comparative study on civic education.

Investigators: Dr. W.O. Lee (Principal)

Dr. M.A. Constas

Department: Education

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1995.07


CONCEPTS OF CITIZENSHIP: A MULTI-NATIONAL STUDY ON THE QUALITIES OF GOOD CITIZENSHIP AS DEFINED IN A VARIETY OF COUNTRIES

To identify universal and unique characteristics of good citizenship across countries, and the historical, philosophical and cultural influences on concepts of good citizenship.

Investigator: Dr. W.O. Lee

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE IN CANTONESE-SPEAKING CHILDREN: ACQUISITION OF SORTAL CLASSIFIERS

To investigate the developmental patterns of sortal classifiers in Cantonese-speaking children.

Investigator: Dr. C.S. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: The Freemasons' Fund for East Asian Studies

Starting date: 1990.09


ACQUISITION OF NEGATION AND PASSIVES IN CANTONESE

To investigate the syntactic development in Cantonese-speaking children in order to enhance the understanding of language acquisition in Cantonese; to obtain the norm of syntactic development for the purpose of assessment and language remediation in language-impaired children in Hong Kong.

Investigator: Dr. C.S. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1991.05


A TEST OF COMPREHENSION OF QUESTION WORDS IN CANTONESE

To provide a clinical tool to assess the language ability of Cantonese speakers.

Investigator: Dr. C.S. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Simon K.Y. Lee Research Fund

Starting date: 1992.04


ACQUISITION OF VOCABULARY IN CANTONESE

To investigate the vocabulary development in Cantonese-speaking children in order to enhance the understanding of language acquisition in Cantonese; to obtain the norm of vocabulary development for the purpose of assessment and language remediation in language-impaired children in Hong Kong.

Investigator: Dr. C.S. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1992.07


A CLINICAL TEST OF NEGATION IN CANTONESE

In speech and language therapy, assessment tools play a very important role. Information obtained from valid and appropriate assessment tests will provide speech and language therapists useful information for designing effective treatment plans and intervention strategies for their clients. A large number of assessment tools are available for evaluating the language abilities of English-speaking children with language disorders. However, there are no such tools in Cantonese. There is an urgent need to develop these tools for the need, we intend to design a series of clinical assessment tools to assess the grammatical ability of Cantonese-speaking speakers who have language problems. The Cantonese grammar has been choosen for investigating the expression of negation in order to produce a test that will help Hong Kong speech and language therapiests assess Cantonese-speaking client's ability in understanding negation.

Investigator: Dr. C.S. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: The Freemasons' Fund for East Asian Studies

Starting date: 1993.10


THE EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE OF CANTONESE AGRAMMATIC APHASICS

To investigate the characteristics of the expressive language of Cantonese aphasics.

Investigator: Dr. C.S. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Simon K.Y. Lee Research Fund

Starting date: 1993.12


A PRELIMINARY STUDY ON THE LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION ABILITY OF THE CANTONESE AGRAMMATIC APHASICS

To investigate the language comprehension ability of Cantonese agrammatic aphasics; to establish some general characteristics of agrammatism in Cantonese.

Investigator: Dr. C.S. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1994.07


THE DEVELOPMENT OF SIMULTANEITY IN CANTONESE NARRATIVES

To examine the use of linguistic devices in expressing simultaneity by Cantonese children and contributing to the growing body of knowledge about the development of children's ability to relate events in narratives.

Investigators: Dr. C.S. Leung (Principal)

Dr. S.I. Chan

Departments: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Language Institute, City University of Hong Kong

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1995.07


USE OF COHESIVE DEVICES BY CANTONESE PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN

To investigate the cohesive devices used in story-telling by pre-school children with normal language skills in Hong Kong.

Investigator: Dr. C.S. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Simon K.Y. Lee Research Fund

Starting date: 1996.01


THE EXPRESSION OF CONNECTIVITY IN CANTONESE-SPEAKING CHILDREN

To examine the use of linguistic devices in expressing connectivity in discourse by Cantonese children and contributing to the growing body of knowledge about Cantonese child language development.

Investigators: Dr. C.S. Leung (Principal)

Dr. S.I. Chan

Departments: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Language Institute, City University of Hong Kong

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


AN ENGLISH-CHINESE GLOSSARY OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

To translate and publish an English-Chinese glossary of speech and language pathology.

Investigator: Dr. C.S. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Simon K.Y. Lee Research Fund

Starting date: 1997.02


THE HONG KONG COMPONENT OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE STUDY (TIMSS)

To study the mathematics and science curricula and achievement among 9 years old, 13 years old and pre-University students in Hong Kong.

Investigators: Dr. F.K.S. Leung (Principal)

Dr. N.W.Y. Law

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Hang Seng Bank Golden Jubilee Education Fund for Research

Starting date: 1991.09


THE EFFECT OF INDUCED MISARTICULATION ON SPEECH PERCEPTION

To investigate whether a tongue loading in the vertical plane will result in position perception shift and thus an articulation error; to study whether this induced articulation error would result in speech perception changes. The finding of this study will make interesting impact on the current arguement about the significance of "motor theory of speech perception" in the process of perceiving speech.

Investigator: Mr. M.T. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Starting date: 1994.01


TOWARD BUILDING UP A SYNTACTIC PROFILE OF PRESCHOOL CHILDREN IN HONG KONG

To set up an emprically based syntactic profile on which screening, assessment can be done and remediation can be planned.

Investigators: Mr. M.T. Leung (Principal)

Dr. L.K.H. So

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1994.05


THE ROLES OF THE SIGNIFIC AND THE PHONETIC IN THE PROCESSING OF CHINESE CHARACTERS

To investigate the roles of the phonetic and the signific in the cognitive processes supporting reading and writing of single characters.

Investigators: Mr. M.T. Leung (Principal)

Dr. S.P. Law

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


A STUDY OF THE EFFICACY OF MAPPING THERAPY OF CANTONESE CHINESE APHASICS

To evaluate the effectiveness of a type of treatment of asphasic patients who are believed to be able to construct syntactic representations of sentences but who are unable to exploit them for interpretive processes.

Investigators: Mr. M.T. Leung (Principal)

Dr. S.P. Law

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1998.01


BRAIN DAMAGED PATIENTS, REHABILITATION PROGRAMME

To study the efficacy of a rehabilitation programme run in a community centre for brain damaged patients.

Investigator: Mr. M.T. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Oriental Press Charitable Fund Association

Starting date: 1998.07


THE TEACHING AND ACCREDITATION OF CORE COMPETENCIES AT SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY (TACCASU)

To establish a programme to enable secondary school teachers and university teachers jointly: (a) to explore the concept of core competencies; (b) to receive training in five key competencies; (c) to run a pilot programme for secondary and university students designed to teach these competencies and to accredit the students concerned; (d) to evaluate the results.

Investigators: Ms M.L.W.T. Li (Principal)

Dr. R.Y.P. Chan

Departments: Careers Education and Placement Centre

Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching

Source of funding: Interface between Tertiary and School Sectors

Starting date: 1998.10


A BIBLIOGRAPHY ON CHINESE CONGSHUS EXISTING IN JAPAN

To know about where the Chinese Congshus are being kept in Japan.

Investigator: Dr. Y.C. Li

Department: Curriculum Studies

Starting date: 1995.09


ANNUAL SURVEY OF SPORTS PARTICIPATION

To survey HKU entrants on past and intended future sport participation, preferences for physical activities, and motives for participation and non participation.

Investigators: Dr. K.J. Lindner (Principal)

Ms C.K.F. Au

Departments: Physical Education and Sports Science Unit

Centre for Physical Education and Sport

Source of funding: Centre for Physical Education and Sport

Starting date: 1997.05


METAMOTIVATIONAL DOMINANCE AND LEVELS OF ORIENTATION TOWARDS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION

To measure Metamotivational Dominance (MD) and two levels of Metamotivational Orientation (MO) towards physical activity participation in university freshmen and in school children and youth; to relate Dominance and Orientations to characteristics of physical activity participation and participants, with the aim of arriving at (a) structural model(s).

Investigator: Dr. K.J. Lindner

Department: Physical Education and Sports Science Unit

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1998.11


THE USE OF PEER ASSESSMENT IN GROUP-PROJECT ASSIGNMENTS

To investigate a possible mechanism for assessment of group projects to take account of individual differences; to determine student perceptions of involvement in a peer assessment process.

Investigators: Mr. F.J. Lopez-Real (Principal)

Dr. R.Y.P. Chan

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching

Source of funding: CAUT Associates Programme

Starting date: 1997.01


PHONOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT OF PUTONGHUA IN NORMAL CHILDREN

To determine the order of emergence of initial and medial consonants across the age range of 8 months to 5.5 years; to identify the developmental feature geometry for Putonghua; to identify common and uncommon phonological processes in development.

Investigators: Dr. L. Ma (Principal)

Dr. S.F. Stokes

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.06


PEER OBSERVATION OF TEACHING: TOWARDS A MODEL FOR EFFECTIVE FORMATIVE REVIEWS AND INSTRUCTIONAL CONSULTATIONS

To develop research-based guidelines for peer observation of teaching that will help them better manage the complex tasks associated with: (a) building a working alliance, (b) assessing teaching effectiveness, and (c) providing positive and negative feedback. In doing so, this research will strengthen our knowledge of the peer-observation process and the factors that contribute to improving teaching effectiveness.

Investigator: Dr. M.M. MacKinnon

Department: Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching

Source of funding: RGC Fundable Projects (Block Grant Funded)

Starting date: 1998.11


CONVERSION TO PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING: 3 APPROACHES TO CURRICULUM REFORM

To interview academic staff from three disciplines at the University of Hong Kong in order to identify the key factors involved in transforming the curriculum from a traditional lecture-based model to PBL.

Investigator: Dr. M.M. MacKinnon

Department: Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching

Starting date: 1999.01 Completion date: 1999.07


RECOGNISING AND REWARDING TEACHING

Australian Universities are at the forefront of developing policies and procedures for recognising and rewarding teaching. This project aims to explore the criteria and policies used in personnel decision making. This information will be used to outline a developmental framework that specifies the expectations of staff with varying levels of experience and rank.

Investigator: Dr. M.M. MacKinnon

Department: Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching

Starting date: 1999.04


RAISING ACTIVITY LEVELS AS A HEALTH REDUCTION INTERVENTION IN HONG KONG CHILDREN

To measure the effectiveness of an explicitly designed programme of health promotion which will be introduced within the Hong Kong physical education curriculum.

Investigators: Dr. D.J. Macfarlane (Principal)

Dr. A. Ha

Dr. D. Johns

Departments: Physical Education and Sports Science Unit

Sports Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Source of funding: Health Services Research Fund

Starting date: 1998.07


DEVELOPMENT OF A "READINESS" DRIVEN STAFF DEVELOPMENT MODEL FOR PBL

To identify effective strategies and tactics for helping tertiary teachers, who are constrained by an existing teaching context, to become skilled in the methods and techniques required to develop and deliver a PBL based curriculum; to develop a model for the inhouse provision of staff development and support for PBL which is effective and flexible enough to accommodate varying levels of readiness among staff.

Investigator: Mr. J.P. Marsh

Department: Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching

Source of funding: Teaching Development Grants issued by The University Grants Committee of Hong Kong

Starting date: 1998.12


"OVER-THE-COUNTER" HEARING AIDS - ELECTROACOUSTIC CHARACTERISTICS AND POSSIBLE TARGET CLIENT GROUPS

To examine the electroacoustic characteristics of 10 amplification devices using hearing aid test equipment; to examine the actual "real ear" amplification of these devices at a number of different volume levels, when fitted to hearing impaired subjects. This will enable the researchers to find the level of amplification that can be achieved before undesirable acoustic feedback occurs. General recommendations on the degree of hearing loss that these aids are most suitable for, and on possible future design improvements, can then be made.

Investigators: Dr. D.B. McPherson (Principal)

Mr. C.M. Cheng

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


DEVELOPING ALGEBRAIC THINKING IN A TECHNOLOGY-BASED CLASSROOM: FUNCTIONS AND GRAPHS

To establish alternative ways of enhancing students' understanding of functions and graphs via a technology-based environment; to investigate the feasibility of collaborative work in a local mathematics classroom; to identify the key features for designing a technology-based mathematics classroom.

Investigators: Dr. I.A.C. Mok (Principal)

Professor D.C. Johnson

Departments: Curriculum Studies

King's College, University of London, U.K.

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1997.07


TEACHERS' CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

To examine the patterns of career and professional life-cycles of teachers; to identify the life tasks and strategies employed by teachers in the "stages" of survival, stabilisation, diversification/stock-taking, and disengagement; to examine the patterns and stages of aspirations, achievements, failures, difficulties, and job experiences in the life-cycles; to identify the factors that hamper/contribute to satisfactory teacher development; to make recommendations for teacher development.

Investigator: Dr. Y.F. Mok

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF TEACHER EDUCATION SYSTEMS IN THE ASIAN PACIFIC REGION

To identify and compare the nature of tensions inherent within teacher education systems in the Asian Pacific region.

Investigator: Professor P.J.T.F. Morris

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1995.07


A STUDY OF INNOVATIVE PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG

To analyse the organisational characteristics of innovative primary schools.

Investigators: Professor P.J.T.F. Morris (Principal)

Mrs. C.K.K. Wan Chan

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: The Epson Foundation

Starting date: 1995.10


THE IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPACT OF THE TOC ON HONG KONG SCHOOLS

To examine the perception, operationalization and impact of the TOC on the Primary 1 curriculum in the 75 primary schools which introduced the TOC in September 1995.

Investigators: Professor P.J.T.F. Morris (Principal)

Mrs. C.K.K. Wan Chan

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Education Department, Hong Kong Government

Starting date: 1995.10


CHANGING HONG KONG'S PRIMARY SCHOOLS: AN EVALUATION OF THE TARGET ORIENTED CURRICULUM (TOC)

To evaluate the use and impact of TOC in the three foundation subjects (Chinese language, English language, mathematics) on the 75 Phase I schools which introduced it in 1995.

Investigators: Professor P.J.T.F. Morris (Principal)

Mr. R.D. Adamson

Ms M.L. Au

Mrs. M.L. Fung Lo

Ms P.Y. Ko

Dr. I.A.C. Mok

Ms F.P. Ng

Miss A.S.Y. Tong

Mrs. C.K.K. Wan Chan

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Education

English and Curriculum and Instruction, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1996.09


ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK IN HONG KONG PRIMARY SCHOOLS

To examine the nature of the assessment strategies used in primary schools and the feedback provided to pupils and parents.

Investigators: Professor P.J.T.F. Morris (Principal)

Mr. R.D. Adamson

Ms M.L. Au

Mrs. M.L. Fung Lo

Ms P.Y. Ko

Dr. I.A.C. Mok

Ms F.P. Ng

Miss A.S.Y. Tong

Mrs. C.K.K. Wan Chan

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Education

English and Curriculum and Instruction, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Source of funding: Curriculum Development Institute, Department of Education, Hong Kong Government

Starting date: 1997.10


ACADEMICALLY LESS ABLE PUPILS AND THE TARGET ORIENTED CURRICULUM

To evaluate the impact of the Target Oriented Curriculum (TOC) on primary schools' efforts to cater for the needs of academically less able pupils.

Investigators: Professor P.J.T.F. Morris (Principal)

Ms M.L. Au

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


A COMPARISON BETWEEN KEY-POINT SCHOOLS AND ORDINARY SCHOOLS IN CHINA

To study the effectiveness of key-point and ordinary secondary schools in China.

Investigators: Dr. H.M. Ng (Principal)

Mr. K.Y. Ip

Dr. A.K.C. Wong

Departments: Education

The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1997.07


STAFF APPRAISAL IN HONG KONG PRIMARY SCHOOLS

To study staff appraisal in Hong Kong primary schools.

Investigator: Dr. H.M. Ng

Department: Education

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1998.03


SCHOOL-BASED STAFF DEVELOPMENT IN GUANGZHOU PRIMARY SCHOOLS

To investigate the practices of school-based staff development in Guangzhou; to identify the effective strategies and successful experiences as well as the less successful one in the schools; to study how various members interact in staff development and how they perceive their roles in and the meanings of staff development; to identify factors and conditions conducing to effective staff development.

Investigators: Dr. H.M. Ng (Principal)

Mr. P.Y. Chow

Dr. A.K.C. Wong

Departments: Education

The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


EVALUATING THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAMME FOR S6, S7 CHINESE MEDIUM STUDENTS

To determine the extent to which the programme meets it purpose; to assess the impact of the programme to students' altitudes, motivation and language proficiency.

Investigators: Professor D.C. Nunan (Principal)

Dr. J.A. Lewkowicz

Department: English Centre

Source of funding: British Council

Starting date: 1997.04


SCIENCE LITERACY IN SCHOOLS - A STUDY AMONG 3 CHINESE CITIES (SHANGHAI, GUANGZHOU AND HONG KONG)

To examine the development of Science Literacy at the junior secondary schools in the Chinese context.

Investigators: Mr. C.K. Or (Principal)

Professor K.M. Cheng

Mr. L.B. Gao

Dr. N.W.Y. Law

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Education

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1997.09


EMPOWERING SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL LITERCY FOR ALL - THE CHINESE CONTEXT

To facilitate science teachers and teacher educators becoming local experts in directing students towards acquiring Scientific and Technological Literacy (STL) in the Chinese context.

Investigators: Mr. C.K. Or (Principal)

Ms D.H. Cheng

Mr. Z.Y. Gu

Dr. J. Holbrook

Departments: Curriculum Studies

China Association of Science and Technology

International Council of Association for Science Education

Shanghai Academy of Educational Sciences

Source of funding: The University of Hong Kong Foundation for Educational Development and Research

Starting date: 1998.04


A STUDY OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROVISION FOR THE GIFTED STUDENTS IN LOCAL MAINSTREAM PRIMARY SCHOOLS

To provide a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the educational provision for the gifted students in local mainstream primary schools. It attempts to find out the school policies for supporting gifted students and the strategies used in developing the gifted, in the hope of contributing to policy directions and, more importantly, of sharing and disseminating the good practices to all Hong Kong schools.

Investigator: Mr. M.F. Pang

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1998.03


THE OPERATIONLIZATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN HONG KONG SCHOOLS: THE CASE OF HUMANITIES SUBJECTS

To examine the understanding and operationalization of the policy of integrating IT into education, with special emphasis on Humanities subjects. Currently, IT applications are mainly found in languages, sciences and mathematics, but less often employed in the teaching of Humanities subjects such as history and economics.

Investigator: Mr. M.F. Pang

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.05


TEACHER ASSISTANCE TEAM: DEVELOPING A PREREFERRAL INTERVENTION MODEL FOR CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

To develop procedures for teachers to work collaboratively in identifying students' needs, difficulties, and source(s) of difficulties to reduce the need for remedial and/or special educational needs; to develop measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the teacher assistance team.

Investigator: Dr. K.F. Poon-McBrayer

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1997.11


ACTION RESEARCH ON THE PILOT PROJECT ON INTEGRATION OF PUPILS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN ORDINARY SCHOOLS

To develop the full potential, foster independence and encourage active participation of pupils with special educational needs in ordinary schools; to promote acceptance of these pupils by school personnel, pupils and parents.

Investigators: Dr. K.F. Poon-McBrayer (Principal)

Dr. C.K.K. Chan

Dr. E.K.P. Hui

Professor P.J. Mittler

Dr. S.J. Winter

Dr. A.K.C. Wong

Mr. M.T. Yuen

Dr. L.F. Zhang

Department: Education

Source of funding: Education Department, Hong Kong Government

Starting date: 1997.11


THE CHANGING UNIVERSITY STUDENT: A STUDY OF TRENDS FROM 1985-96

To examine changes in the selected attributes and attitudes of first year students of the University of Hong Kong from 1985 to 1996. This research is part of a larger project with the eventual aim of developing a better understanding of the link betw social attributes, attitudes toward university education, and cognitive styles of students.

Investigators: Dr. G.A. Postiglione (Principal)

Dr. L.F. Zhang

Department: Education

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1997.03


SCHOOL DISCONTINUATION IN POOR NATIONAL MINORITY REGIONS OF CHINA

To examine factors that contribute to school discontinuation in poor national minority regions of western China, especially for minority girls.

Investigators: Dr. G.A. Postiglione (Principal)

Dr. A.K.C. Wong

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1997.07


THE ACADEMIC PROFESSION IN HONG KONG HIGHER EDUCATION: AN EXAMINATION OF CHANGES BETWEEN 1993 AND 1998

To examine changes that have occurred in the academic profession since 1993, including its profile, working conditions, professional work (teaching, research, service), international dimension, as well as its views toward institutional governance and the relationship between higher education and society.

Investigators: Dr. G.A. Postiglione (Principal)

Dr. L.F. Zhang

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


SCHOOL DISCONTINUATION IN POOR ETHNIC MINORITY REGIONS OF CHINA

To examine factors that contribute to school discontinuation in a poor ethnic minority county of western China.

Investigator: Dr. G.A. Postiglione

Department: Education

Source of funding: Hang Seng Bank Golden Jubilee Education Fund for Research

Starting date: 1998.07


SCHOOL DISCONTINUATION IN POOR ETHNIC MINORITY REGIONS OF WESTERN CHINA: A STUDY OF CONTRIBUTING FACTORS AND ALLEVIATION MEASURES

To examine the manner in which economic and cultural factors interact within specific local contexts to influence the popularization of compulsory schooling in Tibetan regions of western China; to examine factors that contribute to school discontinuation, and measures taken to abate school discontinuation rates in poor national minority regions of western China.

Investigators: Dr. G.A. Postiglione (Principal)

Professor K.M. Cheng

Dr. M.C. Goldstein

Departments: Education

Anthropology, Case Western University

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1998.10


THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROGRAMME FOR THE EDUCATION OF AUTISTIC CHINESE CHILDREN (PEACCH)

To develop a comprehensive special educational programme for autistic children; to develop measures to evaluate the effectiveness of this programme.

Investigator: Dr. N. Rao

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


DEVELOPING PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR HIGH QUALITY PROGRAMMES OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE IN HONG KONG

To develop and validate a programme assessment scale that can be used by kindergartens and child care centres to identify their areas of strengths and weaknesses.

Investigators: Dr. N. Rao (Principal)

Miss M. Koong

Mrs. M. Kwong

Dr. M. Wong

Departments: Education

School of Early Childhood, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

World Organisation of Early Childhood Education

Source of funding: Quality Education Fund

Starting date: 1998.10 Completion date: 1999.08


THE APPLICATION OF SYSTEMIC FUNCTIONAL LINGUISTICS TO TEACH CHINESE PRACTICAL WRITING-COMPUTER ASSISTED TRAINING FOR THE CHOICE OF LANGUAGE

To investigate the effects of adopting the theory of systemic functional lingusitics to the teaching of Chinese practical writing and to design a computer assisted training model for secondary schools in Hong Kong to teach these genres.

Investigators: Mr. M.S.K. Shum (Principal)

Mr. W.W. Ki

Dr. S.K. Tse

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1997.07


DEVELOPMENT OF PUTONGHUA SEGMENTAL PHONOLOGY TEST

To provide a clinical tool for the assessment of the phonological abilities of Putonghua speakers.

Investigators: Dr. L.K.H. So (Principal)

Professor X.Q. Cheng

Professor J. Zhou

Departments: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Nanjing Normal University, People's Republic of China

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


PHONOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT OF CANTONESE-ENGLISH BILINGUAL CHILDREN

To explore the effect of the majority community language on the phonological (speech) development of preschool children exposed to two languages in different environments.

Investigator: Dr. L.K.H. So

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Simon K.Y. Lee Research Fund

Starting date: 1997.02


PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS IN MONOLINGUAL AND BILINGUAL CANTONESE-SPEAKING PHONOLOGICALLY DISORDERED CHILDREN

To compare subgroups of monolingual and bilingual phonologically disordered and normally speaking control children's awareness of syllable and phoneme units; to compare subgroups of monolignual and bilingual phonologically disordered and normally speaking control children's awareness of the phonological constraints of their language(s); to compare monolingual and bilingual phonologically disordered and normally speaking control children's metalinguistic awareness of language use.

Investigators: Dr. L.K.H. So (Principal)

Professor B. Dodd

Departments: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Speech Science, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K.

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


IDENTIFICATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF ACADEMICALLY - GIFTED CHILDREN IN HONG KONG

To identify gifted children studying in the primary schools of Hong Kong and how they will distribute amongst these schools. The research will also attempt to devise a teacher and parent nomination checklist for gifted children. The educational needs of this group of children will also be looked at after their identification.

Investigators: Professor J.A. Spinks (Principal)

Dr. J.H. Bacon-Shone

Dr. D.T.L. Shek

Dr. H.K.S.Y. Yu

Mr. K.K. Yung

Departments: Psychology

Education

Social Sciences Research Centre

Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Source of funding: Hong Kong Government

Starting date: 1993.09


A SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE TEACHING OF GEOGRAPHY IN HONG KONG

To describe the present styles of secondary school geography teachers in Hong Kong and to assess levels of pupil learning in geography.

Investigator: Dr. P.G. Stimpson

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1992.07


EARTH SCIENCE EDUCATION IN HONG KONG SCHOOLS

To describe the intended earth science curriculum as set out in curriculum guides; to assess the nature of the implemented curriculum by examining expressions of the earth science curriculum in tests and the beliefs of teachers about how earth science taught in schools; to assess the achievement of pupils at P4, S2 and S6 in respect of earth science topics; to examine the inter-relationship of the above.

Investigators: Dr. P.G. Stimpson (Principal)

Mrs. K.K. Wan

Department: Curriculum Studies

Starting date: 1993.06


CONCEPTIONS OF NATURE IN A CROSS-CULTURE CONTEXT

To investigate adolescents conceptions of nature and culture through photographs of familiar and unfamiliar environments from Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Sweden.

Investigators: Dr. P.G. Stimpson (Principal)

Dr. L. Dahlgren

Professor R. Gerber

Dr. C. Lee

Mr. Y.S. Onn

Ms J. Tong

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Health and Professional Studies, University of New England, Australia

Nanyang University, Singapore

Sweden

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1994.12


LINGUISTIC CHARACTERISTICS OF CANTONESE SPEAKING CHILDREN WITH SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT (SLI)

To identify linguistic characteristics of specific language impairment (SLI) in Cantonese speaking children; to enhance screening, identification, diagnosis and management of SLI in Hong Kong.

Investigators: Dr. S.F. Stokes (Principal)

Professor P.J. Fletcher

Dr. C.S. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07 Completion date: 1999.06


LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN CANTONESE-SPEAKING CHILDREN WITH SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT

To identify the linguistic characteristics of 12 four-year-old Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment (SLI).

Investigators: Dr. S.F. Stokes (Principal)

Professor P.J. Fletcher

Dr. C.S. Leung

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1997.12


THE RATE AND ROUTE OF CHANGE IN CANTONESE DEVELOPMENTAL SPEECH DISORDERS

To determine the rate and route of speech development in Cantonese-speaking children with phonological disorders. These children (some 7%) of the preschool/school aged population have speech problems which impact on socialisation and academic achievement. Although we have an initial description of the nature of phonological disorders in Cantosese-speaking children (e.g., So & Dodd, 1994), we have no knowledge of how the disorders change over time. Such information is fundamental to furthering our understanding of disorder, and to providing relevant assessment and treatment protocols for these children. This work would provide insights of the typology of developmental speech disorders specific to Cantonese.

Investigator: Dr. S.F. Stokes

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


CONCEPTUAL CHANGE IN SCIENCE THROUGH COLLABORATIVE LEARNING AT THE COMPUTER

To investigate how computer-supported collaborative learning fosters student teachers' conceptual understanding of "force and motion".

Investigators: Dr. L.P.K. Tao (Principal)

Dr. S.H. Ling

Dr. Y.Y. Yeung

Departments: Curriculum Studies

The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Source of funding: Grants for INSTEP-based Research and Publications

Starting date: 1997.01


PEER COLLABORATION IN SOLVING QUALITATIVE PHYSICS PROBLEMS

To investigate if peer collaboration facilitates students' solving of qualitative physics problems; to investigate how grouping according to ability affects peer collaboration; to study the process of collaboration in solving the qualitative physics problems.

Investigator: Dr. L.P.K. Tao

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


CHILDREN'S READING STRATEGIES IN L1 AND L2: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CHINESE CHILDREN IN HONG KONG AND CANADA

To examine children's reading strategies when they are reading in L1 and L2, and to examine the reading strategies of children switching to replace their mother tongue with L2, the dominant language of the new environment.

Investigators: Dr. S.K. Tse (Principal)

Dr. C.K.K. Chan

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Ontario Institue for Studies in Education, Canada

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1994.07


EFFECTIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF CHINESE LANGUAGE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS: ACCELARATING VOCABULARY ACQUISITION AND ENHANCING WRITING

To help children to learn Chinese writing and characters effectively.

Investigators: Dr. S.K. Tse (Principal)

Dr. C.Y. Kwan

Dr. K.C. Wong

Mr. X.H. Zhu

Departments: Curriculum Studies

The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Source of funding: Language Fund

Starting date: 1998.06


SUPPORT CENTRE FOR TEACHERS USING CHINESE AS A MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION

To set up a centre to promote quality and relevant education using mother-tongue as a medium of instruction; to conduct research related with mother-tongue teaching.

Investigators: Dr. S.K. Tse (Principal)

Mr. C.K. Cheung

Mr. A.L.S. Chung

Miss F.L.F. Kan

Mr. W.W. Ki

Dr. T.Y.L. Kwan

Dr. N.W.Y. Law

Ms Y.K. Law

Dr. Y.C. Li

Ms F.P. Ng

Mr. C.K. Or

Mr. W.Y. Pong

Mr. M.S.K. Shum

Professor A.B.M. Tsui

Dr. H.K. Yuen

Mr. B.H.W. Yung

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Language Fund

Starting date: 1998.07


THE EFFECT OF TRAINING COMPONENTS OF READING ON COMPREHENSION AND WRITING IN CHINESE

(1) The effectiveness of an intervention programme in component process of reading on reading comprehension will be investigated. The secondary school students will be trained to learn the component processes of reading. These include: sentences, finding out topic sentences, paragraph segmentation, and structure of argumentative and narrative types of text. (2) The reading strategies of good and poor readers will be studied. (3) Reading and writing are inter-related. The effectiveness of the programme of reading comprehension for students on the enhancement of writing summaries and argumentative essay will be studied. (4) Effective teaching methods for teaching comprehension and writing in Chinese will be developed.

Investigators: Dr. S.K. Tse (Principal)

Mr. W.W. Ki

Ms Y.K. Law

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: RGC Fundable Projects (Block Grant Funded)

Starting date: 1998.11


AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS IN HONG KONG PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

To study the academic and professional background of English language teachers in Hong Kong primary and secondary schools.

Investigator: Professor A.B.M. Tsui

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1992.09


TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION NEXUS (TELENEX): THE SECONDARY NETWORK

To improve English language standards in Hong Kong by enhancing the professional development of English language teachers via a computer network 'TeleNex'. The network consists of a teaching ideas database (TeleTeach), a grammar database (TeleGram) and conferencing for teachers.

Investigators: Professor A.B.M. Tsui (Principal)

Mr. Q.G. Allan

Dr. D.J. Coniam

Miss A.E. Gordon

Mr. W.C. Ip

Mr. W.W. Ki

Dr. K.W. Lai

Dr. G. Lock

Ms S. Nicholson

Mrs. S. Sengupta

Ms M.M.P. Sieh

Mr. H.C. Tyrwhitt-Drake

Mr. K.Y. Wu

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Teachers of English Language Education Centre

Source of funding: Hong Kong Jockey Club

Hong Kong Telecom Foundation

Language Fund

Starting date: 1993.06 Completion date: 1998.11


TEACHER COMPETENCE AND CLASSROOM ACTION RESEARCH

To investigate the relationship between the level of competence of the teacher and the extent to which classroom action research should be guided and structured.

Investigators: Professor A.B.M. Tsui (Principal)

Mr. A. McNeill

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1993.07


BUILDING AND EVALUATING AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ITEM BANK FOR HONG KONG SECONDARY SCHOOLS

To establish an English language test item bank which spans the breadth of the Hong Kong secondary school ability scale. The item bank will also be utilised to investigate the reasons for which students find difficulty with different item types.

Investigators: Professor A.B.M. Tsui (Principal)

Dr. D.J. Coniam

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Teachers of English Language Education Centre

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1994.07


THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SCHOOL-UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP SCHEME ON THE ENHANCEMENT OF THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENT-TEACHERS AND MENTOR-TEACHERS

To investigate the effectiveness of school-university partnership in providing an enriching and all-round school experience for student-teachers in the teaching practicum; to investigate the effectiveness of school-university partnership in enhancing the professional development of mentor teachers in partnership schools; to investigate factors which contribute to the success and failure of school-university partnership.

Investigators: Professor A.B.M. Tsui (Principal)

Mrs. M.L. Fung Lo

Ms Y.K. Law

Mr. M.S.K. Shum

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


A UNIFIED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENT-TEACHER

Providing a framework for the professional development of teachers as an on-going process throughout their careers from student-teachers to experienced teachers throgh a systematic school-based staff development programme consistng of a school-university partnership scheme, teacher fellowships and a school-based staff development consultancy unit.

Investigators: Professor A.B.M. Tsui (Principal)

Mr. D.R. Bunton

Dr. J.R. Day

Mrs. M.L. Fung Lo

Dr. T.Y.L. Kwan

Ms Y.K. Law

Mr. F.J. Lopez-Real

Mr. M.S.K. Shum

Dr. P.G. Stimpson

Mr. A.T.Y. Wong

Mr. B.H.W. Yung

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: The Quality Education Fund

Starting date: 1998.09


TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION NEXUS (TELENEX) : THE PRIMARY NETWORK

To develop a computer network for primary school teachers and students. The network consists of a teaching ideas database (PrimeTeach), a grammar database (PrimeGram) and multi-media activities (PrimeTask) for students as well as conferencing for teachers. The network aims to improve the quality of English language teaching in primary schools and to enhance pupil's standard in the language.

Investigators: Professor A.B.M. Tsui (Principal)

Mr. Q.G. Allan

Mr. D.R. Bunton

Mr. W.W. Ki

Ms S. Nicholson

Ms C.M. Offord Gran

Ms M.M.P. Sieh

Ms R.E. Wade

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Teachers of English Language Education Centre

Source of funding: Quality Education Fund

Starting date: 1998.12


VALUES ACROSS THE JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN HONG KONG

What values and how values are developed in junior secondary schools? Personal, environmental, technolgoical, civic, sex and moral values in the humanities curriclum will be covered. Value conflicts will be explored.

Investigator: Mrs. C.K.K. Wan Chan

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


LEARNING PROCESSES, SELF-ESTEEM AND LOCUS OF CONTROL: A COMPARISON OF HISPANIC AND WHITE AMERICAN SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

To attempt to identify cognitive and/or affective factors which may help explain the relatively low performance of Hispanic pupils.

Investigators: Professor D.A. Watkins (Principal)

Dr. R. Sethi

Departments: Education

State University of California, U.S.A.

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1997.07 Completion date: 1998.12


DEVELOPMENT OF MEASUREMENT INSTRUMENTS FOR A CROSS-CULTURAL STUDY OF SELF-REGULATED LEARNING AND CONCEPTIONS OF LEARNING

To develop measuring instruments of self-regulation and conceptions of learning, and home and school environments suitable for use with Hong Kong secondary and university students.

Investigator: Professor D.A. Watkins

Department: Education

Source of funding: Hang Seng Bank Golden Jubilee Education Fund for Research

Starting date: 1997.07


CONCEPTIONS OF UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND LEARNING IN DIFFERENT CULTURES: A PHENOMENOGRAPHIC STUDY OF HONG KONG AND SWEDISH LECTURES

An in-depth investigation of the views of teaching and learning of Hong Kong and Swedish university lecturers. In particular we seek to compare their conceptions of what university teaching should and does involve in practice, the relationship between teaching and assessment and their own and their students' conceptions of learning. The study is intended to provide cross-cultural evidence of whether teaching is primarily seen as the transmission or the facilitation of knowledge, of the backwash effect of assessment, and of the role of memorisation and understanding in how students approach their learning.

Investigators: Professor D.A. Watkins (Principal)

Dr. B. Dahlin

Dr. F. Marton

Departments: Education

Curriculum Studies

Karlstad University, Sweden

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


EXPLORING THE BASIS OF THE SELF-CONCEPTIONS OF FILIPINO ADULTS

To explore the spontaneous, unstructured self-conceptions of Filipino adults. In particular to determine the extent to which they provide independent or interdependent self-construals.

Investigator: Professor D.A. Watkins

Department: Education

Source of funding: Hang Seng Bank Golden Jubilee Education Fund for Research

Starting date: 1998.07


SURGICAL OUTCOMES, SPEECH OUTCOMES, AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING PARTIAL OR TOTAL GLOSSECTOMY

To improve the management of patients with oral cancer, through the establishment of surgical guidelines and speech protocols.

Investigators: Dr. T.L. Whitehill (Principal)

Dr. R. Sader

Departments: Speech and Hearing Sciences

University of Technology, Munich, Germany

Source of funding: Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme

Starting date: 1999.01


EFFECTS OF ATTITUDES, INTERESTS AND EXPECTATIONS UPON STUDENT RATINGS OF TEACHER AND COURSE EFFECTIVENESS

To examine the effects of the following variables upon student ratings of teacher and course effectiveness: (i) initial attitudes towards and interest in the subject matter of the course; (ii) initial expectations towards course content, as well as towards methods of instruction and methods of assessment of student performance; (iii) initial and final expectations regarding grades; (iv) expectations regarding the purposes for which student ratings are being used.

Investigator: Dr. S.J. Winter

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


COOPERATIVE LEARNING APPROACHES IN HONG KONG PRIMARY SCHOOLS: TEACHERS' ATTITUDES, EXPERIENCES AND USAGE

Discovery of factors likely to be associated with the use (especially successful use) and non-use of cooperative learning approaches in Hong Kong classrooms.

Investigator: Dr. S.J. Winter

Department: Education

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1997.03


THE CHINESE LEARNER IN HONG KONG AND NANJING

To study the Chinese students in Hong Kong and Nanjing to understand differences of students' beliefs and conceptions on learning and how these differences are affected by the students' experiences of academic studies and by the socio-cultural and economic conditions of Hong Kong and Nanjing.

Investigators: Dr. A.K.C. Wong (Principal)

Professor M. Ference

Professor Q. Wen

Departments: Education

Education and Educational Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

School of Foreign Studies, Nanjing University, Nanjing, People's Republic of China

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1997.09


THE CHINESE LEARNER - AN ETHNOGRAPHIC VIEW

The study aims, among other things, to examine the effects of acquired cultural values on learning style.

Investigators: Dr. A.K.C. Wong (Principal)

Dr. I.E. Hart

Professor F. Marton

Professor Q.F. Wen

Departments: Education

Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching

Education and Educational Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

School of Foreign Studies, Nanjing University, People's Republic of China

Source of funding: RGC Fundable Projects (Block Grant Funded)

Starting date: 1998.11


DEVELOPMENT OF A CANTONESE SENTENCE SPEECH RECEPTION TEST

To develop the first standarised Cantonese sentence speech test for hearing and hearing aid evaluation.

Investigators: Ms L.L.N. Wong (Principal)

Mr. M. Nilsson

Mr. S.D. Soli

Departments: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Hearing Aid Research, House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07


THE EFFICACY OF VOICE THERAPY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF VOICE DISORDERS RELATED TO VOCAL ABUSE AND MISUSE

To study the effectiveness of vocal hygiene education and voice exercise in managing voice problems related to the abuse and misuse of voice. The outcome of this research will inform practising speech therapists the most effective therapy technique to be used in voice therapy.

Investigator: Dr. E.M.L. Yiu

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.07 Completion date: 1998.09


A RANDOMISED CONTROL STUDY OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF VOICE THERAPY

To study the effectiveness of vocal hygiene education and voice exercise in managing voice problems.

Investigator: Dr. E.M.L. Yiu

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.11 Completion date: 1998.12


THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GROUP THERAPY FOR DYSPHONIC PATIENTS: A RANDOMISED CONTROL STUDY

To investigate the effectiveness of a voice therapy program when administered to a group of dysphonic subjects.

Investigator: Dr. E.M.L. Yiu

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1997.07 Completion date: 1998.09


A FIVE YEAR LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF THE PREVALENCE OF VOICE PROBLEMS IN HONG KONG TEACHING PROFESSION

To investigate when and why voice problems develop in the teaching life of the teachers.

Investigator: Dr. E.M.L. Yiu

Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Source of funding: Instep, Faculty of Education

Starting date: 1997.07


ACOUSTIC AND AERODYNAMIC VARIABLES IN DISTINGUISHING NORMAL AND PATHOLOGICAL VOICES

To establish normative acoustic and aerodynamic data for identification of vocal disorders.

Investigators: Dr. E.M.L. Yiu (Principal)

Dr. T.L. Whitehill

Dr. A. Winkworth

Departments: Speech and Hearing Sciences

School of Communication Disorders, University of Sydney, Australia

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


ACOUSTIC PROPERTIES IN VOICE QUALITY PERCEPTION

To determine the acoustic correlates of two vocal qualities: breathiness and roughness; to determine the effect of listeners' bias on perceptual voice rating.

Investigators: Dr. E.M.L. Yiu (Principal)

Dr. K. Hird

Professor B. Murdoch

Departments: Speech and Hearing Sciences

School of Speech & Hearing Science, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Speech Pathology and Audiology, The University of Queensland, Australia

Source of funding: Hong Kong Research Grants Council

Starting date: 1998.08


PREDICTING THE OUTCOME OF CONSERVATIVE (NON-SURGICAL) VOICE THERAPY FOR ADULTS WITH LARYNGEAL PATHOLOGIES ASSOCIATED WITH HYPERFUNCTIONAL VOICE USE

To develop an assessment tool to predict the outcome of conservative voice therapy for patients with laryngeal pathologies associated with hyperfunctional voice use.

Investigators: Dr. E.M.L. Yiu (Principal)

Professor C.A. Van Hasselt

Professor W.I. Wei

Ms R.K. Wong

Departments: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Speech Therapy, Queen Mary Hospital

Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Surgery

Source of funding: Health Services Research Fund

Starting date: 1999.01


LEARNER-CENTRED SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR LEARNING ALGORITHM DESIGN

To investigate the development of a Learner-Centred Support System (LCSS) for learning algorithm design

Investigators: Dr. H.K. Yuen (Principal)

Mr. W.W. Ki

Department: Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1997.11


SELF-EFFICACY AND SOCIAL SUPPORT AMONG CHINESE SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN HONG KONG

To describe the meanings of self-efficacy and social support from the perspectives of teachers in Hong Kong secondary schools; to assess the perceived levels of self-efficacy and social support among Hong Kong Chinese secondary school teachers; to examine the relationship between teacher self-efficacy and social support in Hong Kong secondary school context; to make recommendations for the design of intervention strategies and teacher development programmes in next academic year for the schools participating in this study.

Investigator: Mr. M.T. Yuen

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1996.11


TEACHERS' ATTITUDES TOWARDS INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: ITS RELATIONSHIPS TO TEACHERS' SENSE OF EFFICACY AND BELIEFS ABOUT CONTROL

To assess teachers' attitudes towards inclusive education and examine its relationships to the dimensions of teacher efficacy and the pupil control ideology of teachers.

Investigator: Mr. M.T. Yuen

Department: Education

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1998.03 Completion date: 1999.03


COMMUNITY NEEDS SURVEY: QUALITY TEACHER EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

To find out what are the qualities the principals, teachers and students look for in a teacher; to identify the elements that teacher training programmes could provide so as to prepare teachers with these qualities.

Investigators: Mr. M.T. Yuen (Principal)

Dr. A.S.L. Fung

Dr. E.K.P. Hui

Departments: Education

Curriculum Studies

Source of funding: Faculty Reserve Fund

Starting date: 1998.05 Completion date: 1999.08


DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF A TEACHERS' STUDENT GUIDANCE EFFICACY SCALE

To develop a conceptual framework for understanding and describing teachers' student guidance efficacy beliefs; to develop an instrument for assessing the perceived level of self-efficacy in student guidance among Hong Kong Chinese secondary school guidance teachers; to validate the instrument by examing its structure and the relationships of teacher efficacy in student guidance with other teacher efficacy correlates.

Investigator: Mr. M.T. Yuen

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


DEVELOPING SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIVE SKILLS THROUGH SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY

To develop a series of learning activities and curriculum materials for student investigations; to try them out with school pupils and to evaluate the learning outcomes achieved; to evaluate the usefulness of the curriculum materials from the teacher's and the pupil's perspectives.

Investigators: Mr. B.H.W. Yung (Principal)

Dr. D.Y. Yip

Departments: Curriculum Studies

Curriculum and Instruction, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Source of funding: In-Service Teacher Education Programme Research and Publications Committee, HKU

Starting date: 1996.12


STRESS AND COPING AMONG WOMEN ACADEMICS IN RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES OF PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

To study stress and coping among women academics in research universities of People's Republic of China.

Investigator: Ms L. Zhang

Department: Education

Source of funding: Sik Sik Yuen Education Research Fund

Starting date: 1998.03


A STUDY OF CULTURAL IMPACT ON COLLEGE STUDENTS' COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

To examine the impact of culture on college students' cognitive development.

Investigator: Dr. L.F. Zhang

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1997.11 Completion date: 1998.10


FOSTERING STUDENT DEVELOPMENT: AN EXAMINATION OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' COGNITIVE STYLES

To investigate the differences in cognitive styles, learning approaches, and self-confidence among students in different university class levels; to examine the role of the stylistic variables for predicting success over and above past academic achievement; to compare factor structures of the measures of theory of intellectual development proposed by Perry and of the learning approaches by Biggs; to investigate the impact of student characteristics, especially SES, on the variables under investigation.

Investigators: Dr. L.F. Zhang (Principal)

Dr. G.A. Postiglione

Department: Education

Source of funding: Wu Jieh Yee Research Fund

Starting date: 1997.12


ENHANCING UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING THINKING STYLES AND LEARNING APPROACHES

To examine the roles of stylistic variables, namely, thinking styles and learning approaches, for predicting academic success over and above abilities; to explore cross-cultural differences in the relevant variables; to compare factor structures of the measures of thinking styles proposed by Sternberg and of learning approaches proposed by Biggs.

Investigator: Dr. L.F. Zhang

Department: Education

Source of funding: Committee on Research and Conference Grants

Starting date: 1998.07


UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' THINKING STYLES, SELF-ESTEEM, STUDENT CHARACTERISTICS, AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: AN INVESTIGATION OF THEIR INTER-RELATIONSHIPS

To examine the roles of three general factors in students' academic achievement, these are thinking styles (cognitive domain), self-esteem (affective domain), and student characteristics (including age, gender, socio-economic status, and work and travel experience).

Investigators: Dr. L.F. Zhang (Principal)

Dr. G.A. Postiglione

Department: Education

Source of funding: Wu Jieh Yee Research Fund

Starting date: 1999.02