MSAE6007 Action Research: Methodology and Seminars
This module is designed to familiarize participants with major paradigms in education inquiry, the philosophical and ethical issues relating to education research, and the basic principles and procedures for action research through which the participants will be familiar with the use of both qualitative and quantitative tools for the conduct of the research topic as developed during the course of study. It will also help participants develop appropriate investigation skills to understand their daily practice and become reflective practitioners in their profession.
MSAE6101 Leisure and
Dewey (1939) identified the antithesis between education
in preparation for useful labour and education for a
life of leisure. How students arrange their recreational
activities and how they manage their leisure time become
important issues. The theories of leisure education as
well as the techniques for recreation and leisure
provisions like the arrangement of venues, management of
facilities and equipment will be discussed. The aim of
this module is to advise participants of the existing
concepts and theories of recreation and leisure
education, and to discuss the possible applications of
these theories to various school settings for the
enhancement of the quality of students' school life.
Subculture of Adolescents
This module looks at sociological aspects of student
development. By analysing schools as social
institutions, and by investigating student culture and
interaction, participants will develop an understanding
of the social needs and behaviour of students.
Subculture studies develop flexible tools for
participants to develop appropriate student activities
that can be adapted to this rapidly changing world.
Various personal management theories and skills are
discussed with reference to their applications in
everyday primary and secondary school settings.
Organizers of student activities need to possess certain
fundamental inter-personal and intra-personal skills.
The aim of this module is to help participants to
develop managerial skills essential to facilitate
student activities administration in general.
MSAE6104 Organizational Leadership
This module gives practitioners theoretical and
practical competence in organizational management,
especially in the areas of school culture and ethos.
Team building, strategic management, knowledge
management, human resources management and
intra-organizational consensus are some of the essential
organizational elements leading to student activities
success in schools. This module also provides
participants a thorough understanding of cultural,
organizational and economic contexts in management.
MSAE6105 Student Activities in Action
This practicum module provides opportunities for
participants to gain practical experience in activities
and to develop relevant leadership skills by engaging in
different varieties of indoor and outdoor adventure
activities. The aim of this module is to let
participants see how theory stands up in practice and to
derive strategies from real experience.
Visits Outside Hong Kong with Seminars
This practicum module provides opportunities for
participants to gain actual experience of student
activities in schools outside Hong Kong, leading to a
reflection on the existing practices in our local school
settings. The aim of this module is to encourage
participants to develop comparative perspectives on how
student learning activities are carried out in different
types of schools and in different geographical areas
outside Hong Kong. Upon their return to Hong Kong,
participants will be expected to present a critical
report on a comparative study of student activities in
Development, Interpretation and
Application of Student Learning Profiles
Student learning profiles/portfolios serve not only as
comprehensive records of students’ learning experiences
and their participation in activities, but also as
effective tools for enhancing and assessing students'
holistic development. This module looks into the
rationale and principles for the development of student
learning profiles, and also the techniques necessary for
the frontline educators and students to interpret, so as
to reflect on, individual profiles for further actions.
MSAE6108 Project in Student Activities
Under close supervision, participants are expected to
conduct guided independent studies related to student
activities in education. The areas of investigation of
the projects should be related to student activities.
The exact titles of the projects and the supervision
schedules are to be negotiated between supervisors and
MSAE6109 Activities for
This module discusses the environment and conservation
related issues, and also investigates the effective
organization of school-based and community environmental
education activities for students. It explores the
principles of environmental interpretation as well as
the role and effectiveness of education programmes in
promoting environmental friendly behaviour and community
interest in caring for the environment. The methodology
of developing cross-curricular environmental green-life
education programmes will be tackled so as to achieve
the Awareness, Knowledge, Attitude, Skill and
Participation objectives suggested by UNESCO (1980).
Community- and Nation-based
This module aims to advance the understanding of
service-learning theories and related concepts, as a
form of experiential education, and explores the
different varieties of service learning activities in
the context of the community and the Nation. It empowers
participants by giving them the skills to develop
relevant and effective service-learning programmes that
link community service to pedagogical theories and
benefits both the community and the service providers.
Participants will be helped to examine and evaluate
different service-learning programmes with particular
reference to their effectiveness in (a) suitably
cultivating prescribed learning objectives in community
services, (b) fostering the development of the community
through the services provided, and (c) guiding students
to reflect upon their experience as they seek to achieve
real objectives for the community and deeper
understanding and skills for themselves (Eyler & Giles,