Research & Projects

Research & Knowledge Transfer Projects


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction has conducted various research and knowledge transfer projects.

2019-20

Principal Investigator(s) Project Title Duration Funded By
BAI Barry
Enhancing Secondary Students’ English Writing through 3C-based (Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking) Activities, Self-regulation Strategies and e-Learning Tools 1 year Quality Education Fund, HK
SCOLAR English Alliance 2019-20 e-Writing in Action and Learning English with Drama Fun 1 year Education Bureau, HK
DAI Yun Design-based research on leveraging the student-facing learning analytics to enhancing self-regulation in the flipped classroom 1.5 years Pedagogical Development and Technology-enhanced Learning (PDTL) Grant 2019-20
LAU Kit Ling Dinky Using e-learning activities to facilitate students’ learning of classical Chinese reading 1 year Pedagogical Development and Technology-enhanced Learning (PDTL) Grant 2019-20
LAU Wing Fat Wilfred Teachers’ Concerns about STEM Education: A Territory-wide Evaluation 1 year Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme, HKSAR
WAN Wai Yan Sally Needs Assessment and Curriculum Design 1 year The Nature Conservancy Hong Kong Foundation Ltd

2018-19

Principal Investigator(s) Project Title Duration Funded By
BAI Barry
Macao Professional Development Series for Primary and Secondary English Teachers 2018/19 1 year Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region Education and Youth Affairs Bureau
Provision of “In-service Programme for Guangdong English Teachers” in the 2018/19 School Year 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Read to Write – An Intervention to Improve Students’ English Writing Competence Through Teaching Self-regulated Reading and Writing Strategies, Facilitated by e-Learning Resources in Primary Schools 1 year Quality Education Fund, HK
JONG Siu Yung Morris Integrating the flipped classroom paradigm into issue-based enquiry learning and teaching: Design-based research on teachers’ in-class and out-of-class facilitation strategies 2 years General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, HK
LAU Wing Fat Wilfred The Effects of Mathematical Beliefs, Mathematics Self-Efficacy, and Mathematics Teaching Efficacy on Teaching and Learning Conceptions of Pre-service Teachers 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
PARK Moonyoung Investigating strategic online reading processes of college English readers in Asian EFL settings 1 year Pedagogical Development and Technology-enhanced Learning Grant, CUHK
TANG Lai Yiu Eunice Supporting the Development and Implementation of Internationalized Curricula 1 year Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant, CUHK
WONG Yu Ka Gary Foundational Chinese Literacy Skills for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Students: An Intervention Research 1 year Standing Committee on Language Education and Research, HK
ZHAO Weili
Development Effective Pedagogical Practices to Cultivate Students’ Critical Thinking at CUHK 2 years Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant, CUHK
Re-examining Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese teachers’ identity at a crossroads: Life history, cultural memory, and classroom teaching 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK

2017-18

Principal Investigator(s) Project Title Duration Funded By
BAI Barry Provision of “In-service Programme for Guangdong English Teachers” in the 2017/18 School Year 1 year Education Bureau, HK
CHAN Yip Cheung Flipped Classroom implementation for Subject, Curriculum and Teaching in Primary Mathematics 1 year Micro-module Courseware Development Grant, CUHK
JONG Siu Yung Morris
From coding to STEM 1 year Quality Education Fund, HK
Pedagogical design and strategic use of information technology to enhance inquiry-based learning on climate change 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Pedagogical Design and Strategic Use of IT Tools to Enhance Students’ Computer-based Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Skills 2 years Education Bureau, HK
Pedagogical Design and Strategic Use of Mobile Learning to Enhance Student Engagement and Learning Effectiveness in Secondary Schools 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Strategic Use of e-Assessment to Enhance Learning and Teaching Effectiveness 2 years Education Bureau, HK
Supporting Parents on e-Learning 1 year Education Bureau, HK
LAU Kit Ling Dinky The effectiveness of self-regulated learning-based instruction on students’ classical Chinese reading comprehension and motivation 1 year General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, HK
LAU Kwok Chi Victor ABE Years 2017-2020 3 years Amgen Foundation – Education Development Center
LEE Kit Bing Icy Focused written corrective feedback in Hong Kong secondary classrooms 1 year General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, HK
LEE Kit Bing Icy,
WONG Yu Ka Gary
Provision of Services for Supporting Programme on Fostering Communities of Practice to Enhance Small Class Teaching 2 years Education Bureau, HK
NG Oi Lam
Teachers’ Noticing as an Action Research Method: A Flipped Classroom Approach for Enhancing Video-based Noticing in Teacher Education 1 year Micro-module Courseware Development Grant, CUHK
Using Emergent Technologies to Enhance the Learning and Teaching of STEM in Hong Kong’s Secondary Schools 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
PARK Moonyoung Integrating mobile augmented-reality technologies in English education: An exploratory case study in Hong Kong context 1 year Pedagogical Development and Technology-enhanced Learning Grant, CUHK
WAN Wai Yan Sally Exploration of the use of Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (CSSL) pedagogy in developing student teachers’ global citizenship 1 year Pedagogical Development and Technology-enhanced Learning Grant, CUHK

2016-17

Principal Investigator(s) Project Title Duration Funded By
CHAN To Tom
Effectiveness of video design in Flipped Classroom: Effect of timing of questions and feedback on learning 1 year Pedagogical Development and Technology-enhanced Learning Grant, CUHK
Flipped Teaching for Application of ICT in Education 1 year Micro-module Courseware Development Grant, CUHK
JONG Siu Yung Morris
Harnessing Mobile Technology in Outdoor Experiential Learning: Teacher Facilitation in Context-aware Social Inquiry Activities in Formal School Education 2 years General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, HK
Introducing Virtual Reality Techniques into Learning and Teaching of Physical Geography in Hong Kong Secondary Schools  1 year Education Bureau, HK
Parent Education on E-learning  1 year Education Bureau, HK
Specification for Enhancing WiFi Infrastructure in Schools  1 year Education Bureau, HK
Writing Mobile Apps for Investigative Study of Physics  1 year Education Bureau, HK
KOU Zhihui Christy Development of a mobile assisted language learning app for enhancing the Putonghua listening and pinyin skills of Chinese language education students  1 year Pedagogical Development and Technology-enhanced Learning Grant, CUHK
LAU Kit Ling Dinky Hong Kong Senior Secondary Students’ Problems in Reading Classical Chinese Texts and The Effectiveness of Current Classical Chinese Reading Instruction  1 year Standing Committee on Language Education and Research, HK
LAU Wing Fat Wilfred Understanding the Relationships between Social Media Use, Media Multitasking, and Academic Performance among University Students  1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
MAXWELL-REID Corinne Hong Kong Secondary Students’ Argumentative Writing in English: The Use of Embedding in Nominal Groups 2 years General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, HK
TANG Lai Yiu Eunice Learning to Teach: an Online Education Hub for Professional Craft Knowledge Development Teaching 2 years Development and Language Enhancement Grant (TDLEG) for 2016-19 Triennium, CUHK
ZHAO Weili
Inclusion as exclusion: Re-examining HK’s inclusive education discourse from a “difference” perspective 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
Student-centered and/or Teacher-authoritative?: Interpreting Real Teacher-student Engagements in Hong Kong Classrooms from an Ethno-methodology Perspective 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK

2015-16

Principal Investigator(s) Project Title Duration Funded By
CHAN Yip Cheung,
LAU Wing Fat Wilfred
Developing Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Student-teachers Through Self-directed Learning in An Online Learning Environment 1 year Teaching Development Grant, CUHK
CHUN Ka Wai Cecilia,
CHAN To Tom
Development of A Web-based Resource Package on Curriculum Design and Implementation for Designing and Delivering Courses in Both Face-to-Face Inline Modes 1 year Teaching Development Grant, CUHK
JONG Siu Yung Morris
Effective Use of Cloud Computing to Facilitate E-learning in Schools 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Effective Use of Free Learning Management Systems to Facilitate the Implementation of E-learning 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Information Technology in Education Professional Development Programmes for Teachers in Special Schools Admitting Students with Intellectual Disabilities 1 year Education Bureau, HK
To Enhance Student’s Interaction and Collaboration by Computer-supported Collaborative Learning Systems 1 year Education Bureau, HK
TANG Lai Yiu Eunice
Teaching awareness enhancement: A video repository for Chinese language teacher education 1 year Micro-module Courseware Development Grant, CUHK
Transferring Teacher’s Craft Knowledge: A Video Repository for English Language Teacher Education 1 year Courseware Development Grant, CUHK
WONG Yu Ka Gary The Chinese Literacy Development of Upper-primary Ethnic Minority Students in Hong Kong: A Longitudinal Study 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
YIN Hong Biao
Emotional Labor in Teaching and Its Relationship to Teacher Efficacy and Psychological Well-being 1 year General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, HK
Workshop Series for Primary School Curriculum Leaders on Learning to Learn 2.0: Basic Education Curriculum Guide (Primary 1- Primary 6) 2014 1 year Education Bureau, HK

2014-15

Principal Investigator(s) Project Title Duration Funded By
BAI Barry Enhancing Hong Kong English Teacher’s Effectiveness Through The Multimedia: Using CALL in Teaching, Listening, Speaking and Writing 1 year IT in Education Project Fund, Faculty of Education, CUHK
CHAN To Tom
Multimedia Learning Effects on Young School Learner in Processing Non-scientific Multimedia Messages 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
Promoting Flipped Classroom Instructional Design in a Teacher Training Programme 1 year IT in Education Project Fund, Faculty of Education, CUHK
CHAN Yip Cheung Enactment of Teachers’ Mathematics Teaching Beliefs which are Originated from Their Personal Religious Beliefs 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
CHEUNG Sin Pui Derek The Factors Affecting Students’ Interest in School Science: A Mixed Methods Investigation 1 year General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, HK
JONG Siu Yung Morris
Design-based Research on Teacher Facilitation in Constructivist Online Game-based Learning in Formal School Education 2 years Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, HK
Educational Research on Smart Classroom 2 years Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, HK
Effective Use of Free Learning Management System “Moodle” to Facilitate Collaborative Learning and Self-directed Learning 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Effective Use of Mobile Apps and Free Online Platforms to Facilitate Learning and Teaching of Physics 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Effective Use of TAO Platform to Execute E-Assessment in Primary Schools 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Effective Use of TAO Platform to Execute E-Assessment in Secondary Education 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Flipped Classroom’ – An Alternative Approach to Enhance the Effectiveness of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Flipped Teaching for Excellence in Methodology Training for Teachers of English in Primary and Secondary Schools 1 year Micro-module Courseware Development Grant, CUHK
Pedagogical Design and Strategic Use of Mobile-based Outdoor Learning System to Enhance Self-directed Learning 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Use of Mobile Devices and Cross-platform Applications to Enhance the Effectiveness and Quality of Learning and Teaching in Schools 1 year Education Bureau, HK
LAU Kwok Chi Victor
Blended Learning for Building Student-teachers’ Capacity to Learn and Teach Science-related Interdisciplinary Subjects 2 years Focused Innovations Scheme, CUHK
Development of a General Issue Enquiry Templates and Cases on Environmental and Public Health Issues for Prospective Liberal Studies Teachers in Forms of E-learning Micro-modules 1 year Micro-module Courseware Development Grant, CUHK
LAU Wing Fat Wilfred The Relationships between Preservice Teacher Social Media Use in Informal Setting and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A Cross-sectional Analysis 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
LEE Kit Bing Icy Provision of Services on the Research and Professional Development Project of Assessment as Learning in the Writing Classroom in the Key Learning Area of English Language at Key Stage Two to Three 1 year Education Bureau, HK
MAXWELL-REID Corinne Language Deployment in EMI Junior Secondary Science Education: An Analysis of Classroom Discourse 2 years Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, HK
YIN Hong Biao Investigating the Teaching Quality of Higher Education in China: The Relationship among Students’ Course Experience, Approaches to Learning, and Learning Outcomes 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK

2013-14

Principal Investigator(s) Project Title Duration Funded By
BAI Barry English Writing Strategies in Hong Kong Primary Schools 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
JONG Siu Yung Morris
Effective Use of the Free MIT App Inventor to Enhance the Quality of Learning and Teaching in Computer Subjects 1 year Education Bureau, HK
E-Learning Module on a Moodle-based Web-based Learning Management System 2 years Education Bureau, HK
Game-based Learning and Research System 2 years Foshan Ministry of Education, China
Use of Mobile Devices to Enhance the Quality of Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools 1 year Education Bureau, HK
WAN Wai-Yan Sally
Evaluation Study on Impacts of STEP on the Environmental Literacy of Students and Teachers 2 years World Wildlife Fund, HK
Hong Kong In-service Teachers’ Self-efficacy and Readiness for Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
Hong Kong Pre-service Teachers’ Self-Efficacy and Readiness for Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
Learning and Teaching with Differentiated Instruction through Professional Learning Communities 1 year IT in Education Fund, HKSAR
YIN Hongbiao Classroom Environment and Its Influence on Chinese Tertiary Students’ Efficacy, Motivation and Learning Strategy 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK

2012-13

Principal Investigator(s) Project Title Duration Funded By
JONG Siu Yung Morris
Educational Research on Interactive Displays for E-Classroom 2 years Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, HK
Effective Use of Microsoft Kodu Game Lab (Kodu) to Enhance the Quality of Learning and Teaching in Computer Subjects 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Effective Use of SketchUp to Enhance the Quality of Learning and Teaching of Geometry in Secondary Schools 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Integration of Free E-Learning Apps and Mobile Devices to Enhance the Effectiveness of Learning and Teaching of Measures, Shape and Space Dimension in Secondary School Mathematics 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Pedagogical Design and Implementation of Mobile GPS-based Outdoor Exploratory Learning and Teaching Activities in Primary and Secondary Schools 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Promoting Junior Secondary Students’ Motivation and  Skills in Issue-enquiry through Inter-school Game-based Collaborative Learning 1 year University Grants Committee, HK
LAU Kit Ling Dinky Research and Development Project on Developing Students’ Listening Competency in Chinese Language Education at the Secondary Level 1 year Education Bureau, HK

2011-12

Principal Investigator(s) Project Title Duration Funded By
JONG Siu Yung Morris
Effective Use of Google SketchUp to Enhance the Quality of Learning and Teaching of Geometry in Secondary Schools 1 year Education Bureau, HK
Game-based Collaborative Inquiry Learning between Hong Kong and Beijing Primary Schools 1 year Quality Education Fund, HK
Using Free Web-based Applications for Learning and Teaching with Focuses on Project-based Learning (PBL) and Independent Enquiry Study (IES) 1 year Education Bureau, HK
LAU Kit Ling Dinky Research and Development Project on Promoting Listening Competency in Chinese Language Education at the Secondary Level 1 year Education Bureau, HK
LAW Huk Yuen A Study of Developing an Online Survey Instrument on Assessing Students’ Values in Mathematics Learning: A Sociocultural Perspective 1 year Direct Grant, CUHK
LEE Kit Bing Icy
Building and Sustaining a Reading and Writing Teacher Community for Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development 1 year Knowledge Transfer Fund, CUHK
Implementing Innovative Feedback Approaches in Secondary EFL Writing in Hong Kong 2 years General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, HK

Research Clusters


Curriculum Studies


Coordinator: Dr. WAN Wai-Yan Sally

The purpose of the Curriculum Studies research cluster aims to create a dynamic network for facilitating research in the area of curriculum studies through inquiring into contemporary curriculum issues, exploring and enacting curriculum and pedagogical approaches, and fostering collaborations among researchers so as to inform curriculum development and practice in the local and international contexts.

Language Education


Coordinator: Prof. WONG Yu-ka Gary

The purpose of the research cluster is to provide a platform for members to share experiences and ideas in language education related research or activities. Regular meetings are held for substantive research communications in which members are invited to relate their past research projects and brief on current ones. By cultivating a supportive environment, the cluster also aims at developing members’ research capacity and fostering collegial collaboration.

Mathematics Education


Coordinator: Prof. LAU Wing-fat Wilfred

The Mathematics Education research cluster is primarily interested in understanding how students learn and do mathematics, and how these behaviours are influenced by various individual, socio-cultural, and contextual factors in order to inform pedagogical decisions and actions. This research interest spans a broad range of related areas in mathematics education, such as teaching, learning, and assessment, policy and practice, teacher education and professional development, technology use in and outside the classroom, and affect in the educational process.

STEM Education


Coordinator: Prof. JONG Siu-yung Morris

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education research cluster aims to address specific challenges in developing new curricula, advancing students’ achievement, as well as motivating and engaging students in STEM education. The foci of the cluster include design, implementation, and evaluation of STEM-oriented technology-enhanced learning environments, innovative pedagogies, and curricula that promote successful learning in K-12 education and teacher education.

Teachers’ Professional Development


Coordinator: Prof. BAI Barry

The purpose of the Teachers’ Professional Development research cluster is to build up and update our knowledge and understanding of teachers’ professional development and related concepts. Members/Invited speakers present their research findings at meetings and receive feedback. Other group activities include research outputs/articles sharing as well as discussion and exploration of relevant projects for future research and publication.