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Educational Research Journal
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  • Volume 29 Issue 1/2 - Acknowledgments to Ad Hoc reviewers
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 29 Issue 1/2 - Meet the authors
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 29 Issue 1/2 - The evolution of the professional development of
           principals in Hong Kong: Value interpretation of the policy text
    • Abstract: Leung, Yick-Wah
      School principals always play a crucial role in school management. The professional development of principals (PDP) is not only good for school operation, but also the key to effectively implementing education reform. However, in Hong Kong, little attention has been paid to the policies about PDP. To close the research gap, this study has thoroughly reviewed relevant documents in the past 30 years to identify the changes of policy objectives, strategies, and relations among different stakeholders. From the literature, three distinct trends are identified: (a) the policy objective has changed from the passive approach to problem solving in schools to preparing for future challenges; (b) diversified professional activities and school-based analysis have become key components beyond official training programs; (c) the professional community of principals has taken over the dominant role of the government in the design of pre-service and in-service preparation and development programs. In conclusion, PDP policy has undergone significant changes in its objectives and strategies; it has become mature enough to face potential challenges of the rapidly changing environment.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 29 Issue 1/2 - Perceptions of Hong Kong physical education teachers
           on teaching games for understanding: Implications for continuing
           professional development
    • Abstract: Ha, Amy S; Wang, Lijuan; Collins, John
      The study examined the perceptions of physical education (PE) teachers in Hong Kong and the applications of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) in their respective schools. Using a qualitative approach, this study invited 20 PE teachers for individual semi-structured interviews. Deductive data analysis was utilized to identify unique themes in the broad aspects of teacher perception. Based on concepts adopted from cognitive constructivism and social constructivism, we examined teachers' views on adopting TGfU. Teachers stated that TGfU provided group discussion and communication opportunities among students. However, they are not confident in modifying equipment, space and rules to make TGfU more meaningful due to limited contact time with students and large class sizes. In conclusion, professional development of TGfU should emphasize more demonstrations of TGfU teaching methods and experience sharing among teachers.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 29 Issue 1/2 - Urban high school physical education: A synthesis of
           the literature in academic journals (2003-2013)
    • Abstract: Lackman, Jeremy; Chepyator-Thomson, Jepkorir Rose
      With increasing worldwide migration, and the United States experiencing growth in major cities, greater numbers of diverse students are predominantly featured in urban schools. Physical education is an area of school curriculum that experiences the direct impact of urban diversity. The purpose of this literature-based study was to examine research that helps inform physical education curriculum and prepare teachers for professional engagement in schools. Data collection involved the online ProQuest Physical Education Index database of a southern university's library to search articles from 2003-2013. Four phases were used in data collection. Phase I concerned selection of English-only peer-reviewed articles, yielding 112 articles. Phases II and III involved use of constant comparison method (Keener and Bargerhuff, 2006) to determine the relevance of articles to the study. Of the 112 articles, researchers found 26 articles to analyze for emergent themes (phase IV). Findings of the study revealed the following themes: limited research on urban physical education, impact of professional development on urban teachers, urban youth and access to physical activity environments, physical activity levels of urban youth, personal and emotional paradigms, and curricular programming and perspectives. The article concludes with suggestions for change to curricular offerings in physical education in urban contexts.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 29 Issue 1/2 - Different ways that preschool teachers taught
           children to write Chinese characters in Hong Kong classrooms
    • Abstract: Lam, Ho-Cheong
      This study aimed to explore how preschool teachers teach children to write Chinese characters. The method used in this study was inspired by phenomenography. Specifically, the author videotaped and analyzed the ways that three preschool teachers taught their children to write the same set of eleven Chinese characters. The analysis focused on how the teachers enacted the same object of learning (i.e., the writing of the 11 characters) differently in the classrooms. Pre- and post-tests were administered to determine how well the children learned to write the characters after the teaching of their teachers. Seven teaching strategies that the three teachers used to teach their children to write the characters were identified. Interestingly, an inconsistency was found among the three teachers' understandings of the correct ways to write the characters. This study expands the understanding about possible ways for teaching preschool children to write Chinese characters, which are practically useful for the professional development of preschool teachers.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 29 Issue 1/2 - Moderating effect of mindfulness on daily
           hassles-stress relationship
    • Abstract: Leung, Johnny; Wu, Joseph
      This study examined the association of mindfulness (as a trait subject to individual difference) to stress and its role in moderating the daily hassles-stress relationship with Chinese university students. Respondents high in trait mindfulness reported lower levels of stress. A moderating effect of trait mindfulness on the daily hassles-stress relationship was found. Specifically, the direct association between daily hassles and stress was weakened at a heightened level of trait mindfulness. It provides empirical support for advocating the use of mindfulness training in buffering and redirecting negative emotion of Chinese university students in stress management. As Chinese university students are a large population of students in the world, integrating mindfulness-based training into the campus life of this group of students could bring benefits to their mental health.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 29 Issue 1/2 - Geometric thinking levels of pre- and in-service
           mathematics teachers at various stages of their education
    • Abstract: Patkin, Dorit; Barkai, Ruthi
      This study investigated the geometric thinking levels (GTLs) of pre- and in-service mathematics teachers at various stages of their education in Israel. It focused on the first three GTLs according to van Hiele's theory. Furthermore, it examined whether there are differences in their mastery of GTLs in three main geometric topics. The results indicate that the GTLs of pre-service teachers at their third and fourth years of education were similar to those in-service teachers studying for a master's degree in mathematics education. The GTLs of pre-service teachers in their first year and those of academics making a career change to mathematics teachers were the lowest. All the five participating groups demonstrated higher mastery of GTLs in triangles and quadrilaterals than in circles and three-dimensional geometric figures. In addition, regarding triangles and quadrilaterals, a large number of participants demonstrated that they had mastered the third level of geometric thinking. Fewer participants assimilated the third level in circles. All participants were not versed in the two higher levels three-dimensional geometric figures. Most of them internalized only the first level or not even that level at all. The rest of them were diagnosed as "inconsistent" in mastering the GTLs.regarding

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 29 Issue 1/2 - Foreword
    • Abstract: Mak, Barley SY
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 29 Issue 1/2 - Notes for contributors
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 28 Issue 1/2 - Introduction to the special issue on education and
           sustainability
    • Abstract: Sink, Christopher A; Bottery, Mike
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 28 Issue 1/2 - Acknowledgments to Ad Hoc reviewers
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 28 Issue 1/2 - Meet the authors
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 28 Issue 1/2 - Sustaining professional school counseling through
           viable accountability practices
    • Abstract: Sink, Christopher A; Moore, Lauren D
      This article focuses on the key issues of school counselor accountability and the promotion of student learning. The authors contend that without datadriven practices required by comprehensive school counseling programs, American and Asia Pacific school counselors' credibility with the public will remain equivocal. To make the case, the educational and school counseling context for accountability is first discussed. Second, they explore the various definitional and professional issues related to accountability. Third, the major benefits of having an accountability system in place are summarized. Finally, the research is reviewed examining counselors' accountability attitudes and actions. Implications for practice are briefly elucidated.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 28 Issue 1/2 - The importance of school library programs for
           increased academic achievement and sustainable education in the United
           States
    • Abstract: Strong, Cynthia
      Within the discipline of library science, over 20 research studies have been done in the United States attesting to how high-quality school library programs contribute to improved academic achievement. On the other hand, in the fields of education, school counseling, administration, school leadership and so on, there is a dearth of scholarship and recognition of the positive impact librarians and library media programs have on student success. This conceptual article first presents an overview of the empirical research on school library programs and the positive impact they have on the academic achievement of students in the United States. Second, the argument is made that if education is to remain sustainable, it is essential that collaborative relationships are developed between school librarians and other personnel within school buildings.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 28 Issue 1/2 - K-3 School-wide reading model to improve literacy
           outcomes for Latino English learners
    • Abstract: Preciado, Jorge; Chaparro, Erin A; Smith, Jean Louise M; Fien, Hank
      The article focuses on the implementation of a framework (School-Wide Reading Model, SWRM) that helps to structure literacy instruction to a population in need of better literacy outcomes. First, a conceptual framework is discussed regarding SWRM. Second, the SWRM framework is explained and tied to the conceptual framework, with a focus on four core SWRM tenets. Third, the literature is reviewed to state the core features of early reading instruction. Fourth, the benefits of assessing students in literacy at several points in time, while interpreting results are discussed. Fifth, recommendations and further inquiry are discussed.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 28 Issue 1/2 - Unleashing sustainable leadership in schools: The
           paradox of distributed leadership
    • Abstract: Williams, Tracy
      Educational leadership might approach more sustainable practices that allow educators to serve students when employing strategies that focus energy on solutions within the whole of a group of school leaders rather than on the talent of an individual. Situated in the body of research on distributed leadership, this research leverages qualitative data from interviews with leaders in distributed settings to analyze the shifts needed to enact leadership in ways that reach the improvement goals of the school, and delineates how teacher leadership is situated in a distributed frame. Initial findings from an ethnographic study of teacher leaders' roles reveal barriers that may limit the capacity of an educational organization to meet the needs of the learners. The principles of distributed leadership, when approached in school settings, are well suited to the learning goals of these organizations, and may foster not only leadership development, but increase the longevity of the teaching staff as well, promoting stability in neighborhood schools.

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  • Volume 28 Issue 1/2 - Improving sustainability: What can education learn
           from other complex systems'
    • Abstract: Bottery, Mike
      This article is concerned with the causes of unsustainability in complex systems, and what educators can learn from such a study. It argues that there are a number of similar stressors in many complex systems. The systems chosen to illustrate this argument are the educational, the environmental, and the financial, and the stressors described are the excessive exploitation of resources and the introduction of pollutive substances, practices or ideas. Such stressors, it is argued, lead to crisis points in all three systems, as actors within them are increasingly unable to adapt to the rapid changes they cause. Finally, because these systems share similar characteristics, this article argues that educators can learn much from the existence of similar remediations.

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  • Volume 28 Issue 1/2 - Teaching solitude: Sustainability and the self,
           community and nature while alone
    • Abstract: Stern, Julian
      Research on the nature of schools has demonstrated the significance of relationships and dialogue in creating more inclusive learning communities. However, some children and adults report that they feel most included when left alone. This article sets out to consider aloneness in schools and, in particular, ways of encouraging and enabling healthy solitude and also to serve as stimulus for empirical research in schools. Implications for practice are included.

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  • Volume 28 Issue 1/2 - Socially intelligent intercultural education
    • Abstract: Latsone, Lasma
      In this article the concept of social intelligence in intercultural education classes was explored as it can contribute toward forming a more tolerant and sustainable society. Specifically, a qualitative research study was conducted with 74 preservice first-year Latvia university students (emerging teachers) and 25 master-level in-service students (teachers and social workers). The aim was to discover students' understanding of social intelligence and its applicability for lessening ethnic tensions and forming positive relationships in a multicultural environment. Guided small-group discussions were facilitated, and the written responses received from the participants of discussion groups were summarized and analyzed. Participant response trends indicated that most of the student suggestions about how to diminish ethnic tensions in their surroundings were actionoriented and closely linked to skills and competences related to social intelligence. It also revealed the need for educators to consider how to promote through the teaching process such qualities as tolerance, respect, kindness, care and empathy, which are essential for successful social and intercultural interactions. Implications for practice are briefly discussed.

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  • Volume 28 Issue 1/2 - Sustaining education through enhanced collaboration
           between teachers and school counselors
    • Abstract: Calvery, Suzannah V; Hyun, Jung H
      In order to support every student in both academic and social emotional learning, collaboration between stakeholders becomes more imperative. Recognizing the importance of systemic collaboration, especially between teachers and school counselors, the authors examined the literature on collaboration between education professionals. After discussing challenges in collaboration, the authors suggested a cross-disciplinary in-service training program model for educators of school counselors and teachers. In addition, suggestions for future research are presented.

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  • Volume 27 Issue 1/2 - Acknowledgments to Ad Hoc reviewers
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  • Volume 27 Issue 1/2 - Meet the authors
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  • Volume 27 Issue 1/2 - Challenges that pre-service teachers encounter in
           implementing issue-based approach: case studies on four pre-service
           teachers in liberal studies subject of new senior secondary curriculum in
           Hong Kong
    • Abstract: Xu, Huixuan; Chan, Jacqueline Kin-Sang
      Through the case study on four pre-service teachers, this article investigates the challenges and difficulties of pre-service teachers in Liberal Studies subject in their implementation of issue-based approach. The study found that pre-service teachers faced four kinds of tensions during their teaching practice period, namely adopting a broad or in-depth approach on learning; completing all units within timeframe or implementing issue-inquiring strategies; problems of engaging all students in learning; and conducting examination-oriented or student-centered teaching. The above tensions have different influences on the four pre-service teachers, depending on their professional background and teaching beliefs. Finally, the article discussed those challenges and difficulties thoroughly and made recommendations on improvements.

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  • Volume 27 Issue 1/2 - Designing and implementing communicative Putonghua
           classroom teaching
    • Abstract: Kou, Christy Zhihui; Lee, John Chi-kin
      The ultimate aim of language learning is to enable students to achieve the communicative meaning through communicative activities. Hong Kong society has not yet formed a Putonghua-based communicative context. In this connection, the Putonghua communicative competence training for primary and secondary students still relies heavily on the classroom communicative teaching process. The design of classroom teaching thus becomes a key factor. Supported by practical teaching examples, this article aims to explore and analyze the design of communicative Putonghua classroom teaching processes, based on Littlewood's (2004) theory of "the continuum from focus on forms to focus on meaning."

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  • Volume 27 Issue 1/2 - The process and factors shaping the new senior
           secondary mathematics curriculum decision making in Hong Kong
    • Abstract: Choi, King-Hong; Lam, Chi-Chung; Wong, Ngai-Ying
      In the new senior secondary mathematics curriculum launched in 2009 in Hong Kong, schools and teachers were granted the autonomy to decide which modules are to be offered to students. Such a move is an important step in curriculum decision making in Hong Kong which for a long time has been characterized by its centralized nature. The move has had a significant impact on the quality of the school curriculum as the decision makers are now vested with the responsibility for choosing the curriculum options most appropriate to their students. Who are the decision makers in the schools' What factors do they consider' To answer these questions, a study was conducted in six secondary schools; 14 school administrators and teachers were interviewed. The study showed that students, mathematics teachers, mathematics panel heads and principals all influenced each other in the curriculum decision-making process. The process was far from simple. On the one hand, the needs, interests and abilities of students were considered with the aim of preparing them for the university entrance examinations; and on the other hand, practical considerations including the availability of suitable and qualified teachers were also influential. These findings point to the importance of taking curriculum decision making at the school level into consideration when formulating curriculum policy and the structure of the school curriculum.

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  • Volume 27 Issue 1/2 - Framework governing the teaching of Introductory
           accounting: A survey of acceptability at Hong Kong universities
    • Abstract: Chen, Theodore TY
      The importance of introductory accounting to the success of accounting majors has led numerous accounting academics to focus on the assessment, curriculum and instructional aspects. Teaching of the course also presents a great challenge as many universities combine accounting and non-accounting students into the same class. The purpose of this article is: (a) to develop a framework that can be applied to the teaching of introductory accounting, through an extensive review of existing literature pertaining to four English-speaking countries; and (b) to conduct a survey of all Hong Kong degree-granting institutions to determine the acceptability of such a framework in that locality. The results indicate that Hong Kong academics are not different from the major English-speaking countries. The framework is to (a) use seven of the eight AECC initiatives for first-year accounting courses for pedagogical considerations, (b) use an appropriate blend of the preparer's and user's approaches in teaching the course to accounting majors, (c) use the user's approach in teaching the course to a separate class of non-accounting majors, (d) use the theoretical and conceptual approach over the strict procedural approach in teaching the course, and (e) use deep and elaborative processing as learning strategies for conclusion-oriented results.

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  • Volume 27 Issue 1/2 - Equitable educational provision for Hong Kong's
           ethnic minority students: Issues and priorities
    • Abstract: Bhowmik, Miron K; Kennedy, Kerry J
      There is a growing body of literature highlighting issues concerning current educational provision for ethnic minority students in Hong Kong. The popular media is also featuring these issues. In addition, the Equal Opportunities Commission has formally notified the Education Bureau of its concerns about the education of ethnic minority students. This article reviews a range of issues and concerns that have been raised regarding educational provision for ethnic minority students in Hong Kong. It particularly raises the issue of "out of school" ethnic minority children in Hong Kong. To date, most of the existing literature has been on ethnic minority students who are already in the school. Yet a careful analysis of the reports and tables published from the 2006 census data suggests that a good number of ethnic minority children are probably not in school, including pre-primary, lower secondary, upper secondary and post-secondary age groups. Despite the fact that some legislation is in place to protect the educational rights of ethnic minority children in Hong Kong, they are nevertheless facing a number of issues and challenges inside school. In addition, the fact that ethnic minority children are "out of school" raises new issues about access and equity in Hong Kong's education system.

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  • Volume 27 Issue 1/2 - Defining the boundaries for neuroeducation as a
           field of study
    • Abstract: Nouri, Ali; Mehrmohammadi, Mahmoud
      The interdisciplinary field of neuroeducation is built on the connections among neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, and education in an effort to create a new science of learning that may transform educational practices. The future advancement of neuroeducation, however, is facilitated through clarifying its disciplinary boundaries as a field of study. To this end, a qualitative content analysis was employed to define the state and scope of the field in terms of its own discipline-specific terminology. Drawing on the results of the present study, neuroeducation can be defined as a broad interdisciplinary and multidimensional field concerning matters pertaining to mind, brain and education drawing on theories and methods from a range of disciplines. The main goal of the field is to investigate scientific and pedagogic bases of learning and education utilizing a variety of research methods that are currently used within all the contributing fields. The greatest challenges facing the field are the prevalence of misconnected or misinterpreted assertions and lack of a common language among researchers in the field. What is more urgently needed, however, is to train a new generation of professionals who will be able to generate new knowledge and critically evaluate concepts, assumptions, underlying theories and limitations in the field.

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  • Volume 27 Issue 1/2 - Foreword
    • Abstract: Mak, Barley SY
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  • Volume 26 Issue 1 - Meet the authors
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  • Volume 26 Issue 1 - The decision of liberal studies panel heads on
           groupings: Features of street-level bureaucracy
    • Abstract: Hui, Chung-Sing; Fok, Ping-Kwan
      The Hong Kong Education Bureau provides additional resources for schools to execute teaching in groups in Liberal Studies. Meanwhile, it allows schools to operate with flexibility in respect to individual school situation. This research focuses on how panels of Liberal Studies, as frontline decision makers and executors, implement small group teaching. The research findings show the panels of Liberal Studies play an important role. In details, they may have different understandings from the intents of policy makers; they may hold the power to judge freely when implementing and executing the policy; and, they may develop accommodating plans to implement their perceived policy. Obviously, Liberal Studies panels own features of "street-level bureaucrats"

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  • Volume 26 Issue 1 - Student loan policies in Korea: Evolution,
           opportunities and challenges
    • Abstract: Hong, Hee Kyung; Chae, Jae-Eun
      This article reviews the role of reforms in student loans policies in contributing to the expansion of higher education in Korea from a historical perspective. Since the end of the Korean War in 1950, the development of Korea's loan system has occurred at a dramatic pace concurrent with the rapid expansion of Korean higher education. The major features of the reforms are as follows: (1) 1950s to early 1980s: Interest-free student loans; (2) 1985-2005: Subsidized interest rates loans scheme; (3) 2005-present: Student loans-backed securities scheme (SLBS); and (4) 2010: Income contingent loans as a supplement to SLBS. The driving forces behind these reforms were social pressures to increase affordability of higher education for all, and the need to secure a sustainable funding mechanism corresponding to the increase in student loans. Although the loans policy was instrumental in expanding higher education in Korea, its effect was mediated by various factors such as the relationship between the funding structure of higher education and private higher education institutions (HEIs), the regulation on university establishment and deregulation of student quota, education fever, and economic conditions. The Korean case demonstrates the complicated dynamics between reforms in the student loans system and expansion of higher education in Korea.

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  • Volume 26 Issue 1 - Professional development enablers in practitioner
           networks
    • Abstract: Lee, Yim-Ping; Kang, Albert
      This paper describes the role of a synergistic professional development model in developing networks of practitioners among teacher-leaders to support schools' curriculum innovation efforts. The subjects were 38 teachers from various Singapore schools, invited as research activists (RAs) and attached to the Curriculum Policy and Pedagogy Unit (CPPU) at the Ministry of Education (MOE) for two days a week over 40 weeks to carry out an action research study on their school-based curriculum innovation (SCI) project. In the course of designing and implementing their SCIs, the RAs developed close networks among themselves and built collaborative relationship with curriculum partners from MOE and various educational institutions. The paper discusses the enabling processes provided by the ground-up initiatives from schools and the top-down support from MOE, in which professional networks of practitioners emerged organically. The RAs cascaded similar support to their colleagues back in schools, sharing knowledge to sustain and scale-up school-based curriculum. The study also highlighted ways where professional networks could engage other stakeholders to multiply good teaching practices in Singapore schools.

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  • Volume 26 Issue 1 - Hierarchical linear models: Applications in
           educational assessment research
    • Abstract: Alkharusi, Hussain
      Of increasing interest to the educational assessment researchers is the role of educational assessment practices on student achievement-related outcomes (Black and Wiliam, 1998). By their inherent nature, the data collected in this line of research are hierarchically structured in that students are nested within classes. As might be expected, not considering the nested nature of the data in the educational assessment research may lead to invalid inferences about the relationship between educational assessment and student motivation and achievement. As a means of drawing valid inferences from hierarchically structured data, this paper highlights the utility and applicability of hierarchical linear modeling techniques in the educational assessment research. These techniques not only facilitate a decomposition of the relationship between the variables into separate student-level and class-level components, but also recognize the dependence among the outcomes of students within the same class (Raudenbush and Bryk, 2002). This dependence may arise as a result of shared students' experiences with regard to the teacher's assessment practices. This paper discusses the necessity for using these techniques in the educational assessment research in order to validate inferences and further research agenda in this area.

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  • Volume 26 Issue 1 - Language learning strategy of Hong Kong Putonghua
           learners
    • Abstract: Leung, Yin-Bing; Hui, Anna Na-Na
      Introduction of Putonghua learning to the Hong Kong school curriculum began in 1984. There have been many discussions on Putonghua curriculum, material development and on teaching methodology, but to date, little research has been carried out on how students learn Putonghua. This survey focuses on the Putonghua learning strategies of Hong Kong students from three schools. More than five hundred Form 1 students are included in this project. Questionnaire is used in the survey. Survey of Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) (Oxford 1990) has been adapted and translated into Chinese. The findings show that the average of strategy use falls in the medium range. Three categorical strategies used frequently by Hong Kong Putonghua learners are identified: compensative, metacognitive and affective. Focus group interviews are also conducted to validate the findings. Implications to Putonghua instruction are discussed.

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  • Volume 26 Issue 1 - Energizing the ESL professional learning community in
           Guangdong and cross-border fertilization: The in-service programme for
           Guangdong English teachers 2011
    • Abstract: Mak, Barley SY
      This paper reports on a three-week on-campus residential program organized by the Faculty of Education of The Chinese University of Hong Kong for 38 elite Guangdong English teachers from mainland China. The background of the program, followed by aims of the program as well as program activities and components will first be described. Next, participants' feedback on the program in the form of a questionnaire will be presented. Benefits from the program as perceived by the participants regarding ESL teaching approaches, school visits and classroom observations, development of school-based English language curriculum, adaptation and development of teaching/learningmaterials as well as educational practices in Hong Kong are discussed. The paper concludes with possible ways to sustain and expand the professional learning community among the Guangdong teachers themselves and with teachers in Hong Kong as suggested by the participants.

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  • Volume 26 Issue 1 - Foreword
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  • Volume 26 Issue 1 - Notes for contributors
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  • Volume 26 Issue 2 - Acknowledgements to ad hoc reviewers
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  • Volume 26 Issue 2 - Meet the authors
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  • Volume 26 Issue 2 - Teachers' pro-environmental qualities: Bridging the
           gaps in environmental knowledge, attitude and behavioral intentions
    • Abstract: Cheng, Irene NY; So, Winnie WM
      Knowledge construction, attitude cultivation and behavior development are three important dimensions of environmental education (European Commission, 1997; Global Development Research Center, 2008b). Scholars around the world tried to examine the relations among the three dimensions but their study results were varied. Such kind of research in Hong Kong is, however, deficient. This paper aims to examine the levels of environmental knowledge, attitude and behavioral intentions identified in a survey study of the primary General Studies teachers in Hong Kong. Through such an analysis, it is anticipated that the development of effective teacher education programmes and related courses on environmental education could be informed.

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  • Volume 26 Issue 2 - The relationship between acculturation and humor
           styles among mainland Chinese university students in Hong Kong
    • Abstract: Yue, Xiaodong; Cheung, Chau-Kiu
      This study attempts to examine the relationship between acculturation and humor styles among Mainland students studying in Hong Kong universities. A sample of 215 Mainland Chinese students participated in the study by completing the Humor Styles Questionnaire (HSQ) and the Acculturative Hassles Scale for Chinese Students (AHSCS). Affiliative humor is negatively correlated with language deficiency and social interaction, whereas aggressive humor and self-defeating humor are positively correlated with cultural difference. Male students used significantly more aggressive humor and self-defeating humor than female students while female students used significantly more affiliative humor than male students. Taken together, use of adaptive humor, particularly affiliative humor, can help Mainland students to adjust well to living in Hong Kong.

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  • Volume 26 Issue 2 - Typology of physical education teachers - in the
           context of Hong Kong primary schools
    • Abstract: Sum, Raymond Kim-Wai
      This study investigates the typology of physical education teachers in the context of Hong Kong primary schools. Through looking at the issues affecting their work lives, identities, professionalization experience and career trajectories, the aim of this study was to develop a typology of physical education teachers in the context of Hong Kong primary schools. A qualitative research design was adopted. The researcher used semi-structured interviews, supplemented by documentary sources (diaries) for conducting data collection. Through purposive sampling methods (snowball sampling), eleven Hong Kong Primary School Physical Education Teachers (PSPETs) participated in this study. Data were analyzed through three major types of coding, namely, open coding, axial coding and selective coding. This study revealed that the PSPETs experienced both similarities and differences in their socialization processes, and as a result, their capacity to adapt acts as the core factor when exploring their working lives. These divergent patterns formed a typology for PSPETs that is presented as "engagers", "adherers" and "dissenters". It represents three types of PSPETs who have adapted to organizational change and adjusted to new conditions and diversely managed their work lives - all in different ways.

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  • Volume 26 Issue 2 - Teachers' competency in assessment for learning in
           early childhood education in Hong Kong
    • Abstract: Pang, Nicholas Sun-Keung; Leng, Zoe Lai-Mei
      This paper reports the outcomes of a 2-year research project designed to investigate the practice of assessment for learning by Hong Kong teachers. The project was a collaborative one, involving the School Development and Evaluation Team (SDET) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and teachers from 10 kindergartens and 10 primary schools. In the project, training programmes, workshops and meetings were provided to the participating schools for the purpose of enhancing teachers' Assessment for Learning (AfL) competency in their daily teaching. A questionnaire was administered twice to all teachers in the project schools at the beginning as well as towards the end of the project to tap any improvement regarding teachers' habits in utilizing AfL strategies during the study. It is recommended that more professional development programmes and school support for teachers should be provided for enhancing teachers' AfL literacy in their daily teaching.

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  • Volume 26 Issue 2 - Hidden school disengagement and its relationship to
           youth risk behaviors in Hong Kong
    • Abstract: Tam, Wai-Ming
      School dropout has become a serious problem in many places around the world. However, before students actually dropout from school, they normally exhibit some symptoms of disengagement from the social life and emotional involvement of school. Thus, hidden school disengagement or avoiding school psychologically may be the first stage of school dropout. This article examines the phenomenon of hidden school disengagement among students aged 13-16 in Hong Kong. A total of 5,246 students in Hong Kong participated in a Youth Health Behaviors Survey conducted in 2010. Based on the Index of Hidden Disengagement, 1,101 students were identified as having multiple symptoms of disengagement. Further analysis suggested that students who were identified as hidden disengaged students had a significantly higher ratio of being involved in health-related risk behaviors as well as suffered from psychosomatic symptoms. This paper provides some explanations for these results, and research and practice implications are discussed.

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  • Volume 26 Issue 2 - Language proficiency requirements of English language
           teachers: An overview
    • Abstract: Mak, Barley SY
      Language proficiency is one of the important qualities of English language teachers. Requirements pertaining to language proficiency set out in teacher certification for the profession lay out the benchmark for ensuring the quality of English language teachers. The development of language proficiency requirements of English language teachers by different countries has, on the one hand, facilitated the standardization of such requirements. On the other hand, it has contributed to the curriculum development of English language teacher education as well as the evaluation of these standards/developments. The current paper analyzes and compares the language proficiency requirements of English language teachers in terms of content and mode of assessment in major English speaking countries (the United States, Australia and Britain) and the non-English speaking country/region (Mainland China and Hong Kong). It is hoped that this review will enhance and contribute to the evaluation framework for the language proficiency of English language teachers.

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  • Volume 26 Issue 2 - Foreword
    • Abstract: Mak, Barley SY
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  • Volume 25 Issue 1 - Meet the Authors
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  • Volume 25 Issue 1 - Humor Styles, Dispositional Optimism and Mental
           Health: A Study Among 800 Undergraduates in Hong Kong and China
    • Abstract: Yue, Xiaodong; Hao, Xia; Goldman, Giovanna
      This study examines the relationship between mental health, humour styles and dispositional optimism in Chinese societies. 300 undergraduates in Hong Kong and 500 undergraduates in Huhehot in Mainland China participated in this study. They were required to complete The Humour Styles Questionnaire (CHSQ), The Symptom Check-list-90-R (SCL-90-R) and Revised Life Orientation Test (LOT-R). The results show that Hong Kong and the Mainland students mostly used affiliative humour but rarely used self-defeating humour. Hong Kong students used more hostile humour while the Mainland students used more self-enhancing humour. Hong Kong and the Mainland students with high optimism used less hostile and self-defeating humour than those with low optimism. The Mainland students with high optimism used more affiliative humour and self-enhancing humour than those with low optimism. Both optimism and mental health were positively correlated with affiliative and self-enhancing humour but are negatively correlated with hostile humour and self-defeating humour.

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  • Volume 25 Issue 1 - Program Effectiveness of Whole-school Approach for
           Tackling Bullying in Hong Kong Primary Schools
    • Abstract: Wong, Dennis SW; Cheng, Christopher HK; Ma, Stephen K
      This paper highlights programs of a whole-school approach for tackling bullying in two primary schools, reports its effectiveness, and discusses factors leading to the success and failure of the programs. Using a quasi-experimental research design with "intervention" group and "partial intervention" group in two schools, the authors have collected program intervention data over two years to assess the effectiveness of the approach. A total of 493 pre-test and 488 post-test questionnaires were collected from Primary 4 to Primary 6 students. Students' bullying behaviors, self-esteem, caring behavior, inappropriate assertiveness, lack of empathy, and their ratings on quality of school life were measured. The findings show a significantly marked reduction of bullying behavior in the intervention group as compared with the partial intervention group.

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  • Volume 25 Issue 1 - The Impacts of Acculturation Strategies and Social
           Support on the Cross-cultural Adaptation of Mainland Chinese Students in
           Hong Kong
    • Abstract: Lian, Yi; Tsang, Kwok-Kuen
      The Hong Kong government would like to enhance Hong Kong's status as a regional education hub. It is argued that if we do not consider how to help the non-local students to adapt to the Hong Kong society, it may influence the students' mental heath and academic performance. In turn, this may affect the development of a reputed regional education hub. In recent years, most of the non-local graduates and postgraduates come from Mainland China. It is expected that this trend will continue. Therefore, this research intends to understand the relationships between cross-cultural adaptation, acculturation strategies (integration, assimilation, separation, and marginalization) and social support (local friend support, non-local friend support, family support, and university support) among this kind of students. The findings showed that cross-cultural adaptation may relate to social support and integration positively, but it may relate to marginalization and separation negatively; and social support did significantly predict cross-cultural adaptation rather than acculturation strategies. Accordingly, it is suggested that the government and universities should encourage the students' cross-cultural adaptation through enhancing their social support networks with their local and non-local friends, family, and the university.

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  • Volume 25 Issue 1 - Effects of a Professional Development Programme on
           
    • Abstract: Ha, Amy Sau-Ching; Sum, Raymond Kim-Wai; Chan, Daniel Wan-Ka; O'Sullivan, Mary; Pang, Bonnie On-Hei
      Earlier studies stress that teachers are at the center of the educational change process. Based on Fullan's (1982) multidimensional framework for educational change, 40 schoolteachers were selected and randomly distributed (Penuel, Fishman, Yamaguchi, and Gallagher, 2007) according to four conditions of professional support, specifically, the control group (CO), Teaching Materials and Teacher Development (TMTD); Teaching Materials and Student Assessment (TMSA), and Teaching Materials, Teacher Development, and Student Assessment (TMTDSA). Subsequently, pre- and post-stage studies to the 10-month intervention were conducted to compare the various effects of educational change on teacher receptivity (Ha, Lee, Chan, and Sum, 2004; Waugh and Godfrey, 1993). Both quantitative and qualitative methods were likewise used to identify the teachers' views on education reform. Results show that teachers of TMTD and TMTDSA obtained a significantly higher post-test score (p < .05) on 'Behavioral Intentions toward Promoting Physical Education as a Key Learning Area (PE-KLA)' and 'Other Perceived Support for Teaching PE-KLA,' respectively. Meanwhile, the control group obtained a significantly higher post-test score (p < .05) in 'Issues of Concern Associated with Implementing PE-KLA,' indicating that teachers who do not receive support from schools or outside agencies showed more concern on the implementation of the initiative compared to the other groups.

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  • Volume 25 Issue 1 - Towards Understanding Epistemological Assumptions of
           History Teacher Educators: My Experience with Phenomenological Enquiry
    • Abstract: Molla, Tebeje
      This paper draws upon the methodological aspect of my thesis project completed in June 2007. At the center of the research problem was the question: How do history teacher educators (HTEs) in Bahir Dar University comprehend the sources and nature of historical knowledge' Phenomenological approach to research was employed in an attempt to explicate invariant structures of their epistemic assumptions of history as a school subject. Accordingly, with six purposefully selected educators as research participants, in the two-month time field work, in-depth interview and essay questions for personal text were used to gather qualitative data. Then, the data were analyzed thematically using an adapted six-phase model and interpretive themes emerged as findings of the study. And it was learnt that the educators have a very muddled conception and unquestioned assumptions on the nature and sources of historical knowledge. With this, also phenomenological enquiry, with difficulties and rewards of its own, was found to be an appropriate strategy to understand personal meaning and beliefs of the educator with regard to disciplinary knowledge of history. The paper, therefore, describes the way I employed phenomenological research approach to understand the case, and presents my personal experience of it as a beginner education researcher.

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  • Volume 25 Issue 1 - What Are the Chances of Success for My Project':
           And, What If It Was Already Done'; Using Meta-analyzed Effect Sizes to
           Inform Project Decision-making
    • Abstract: Soh, Kay-Cheng
      Action research projects have been used as a means of innovations in curriculum and in-service professional up-grading of teachers. Many instructional innovations of the Western world are being replicated in Asian's education systems often without due consideration of success rates. As such endeavour consumes much time and other resources, it would be prudent that account be taken of success rates based on the Western experiences. This paper suggests using meta-analyzed effect sizes hitherto available for (1) making pre-project decisions as to whether a project is worth trying in view of the relevant past experiences, and (2) evaluating a project effect, post hoc, vis-a-vis the average effect size available for similar projects for a contextualized interpretation. Examples and information for doing these are given. Relevant conceptual issues are discussed.

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  • Volume 25 Issue 1 - Talent Development from a Positive Psychology
           Perspective
    • Abstract: Chan, David W
      Two domains talent development and positive psychology that have heretofore rarely interacted in the literature have been brought together to explore how the positive psychology perspective could shed light on the process of talent development. With the description of the field of talent development and its current models that focus on psychosocial variables and the transforming process, the consideration of talent development from the impact of the three pillars of positive psychology is discussed, together with the need for research in this interdisciplinary area.

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  • Volume 25 Issue 2 - Meet the Authors
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 25 Issue 2 - Conceptual and Pedagogical Changes of Chinese Language
           Teachers' Reading Instruction in a School-Based Collaboration Project
    • Abstract: Lau, Dinky Kit-Ling
      The new Chinese language curriculum in Hong Kong has changed the traditional instructional approach from a knowledge- and text-based approach to a competence-based approach. As teachers are used to adopt a knowledge transmission approach in teaching Chinese language, it is not easy to change their traditional conception of teaching and instructional approach. This study aims at helping Chinese language teachers in secondary schools to adapt their instructional design based on the self-regulated learning theory to facilitate the development of students' independent reading ability. This article mainly describes how teachers' perceptions on the collaboration project, conceptions of reading instruction, and instructional practices changed during this one-year collaboration project. Based on the findings of the study, the advantages and difficulties of collaborative approach as well as the facilitating factors and barriers in teachers' implementation of curriculum reform are discussed.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 25 Issue 2 - Validation of the Trichotomous Framework of
           Achievement Goals for Omani Students
    • Abstract: Alkharusi, Hussain
      While the trichotomous framework of achievement goal theory has received considerable discussion in Asian and North American cultures, it is not clear whether this framework can also be applied in Arabic cultures. The purpose of this study was to test the validity of the trichotomous framework of achievement goals as measured by Midgley et al.'s (2000) scales on Omani students. Ninth grade students (N = 1,636) enrolled in science classes at Muscat public schools in Oman completed the scales. The sample was randomly divided into two subsamples. The first sample (n = 786) was used for exploratory factor analysis whereas the second sample (n = 850) was used for confirmatory factor analysis. Results of both analyses supported the three-factor structure of the trichotomous framework of achievement goal theory: (a) mastery, (b) performance-approach, and (c) performance-avoidance goals; all correlated positively with each other (rs ranged from .32 to .45). Construct validity of the scales was supported by their relationships with academic self-efficacy in ways that are predicted by theory and consistent with previous research. Reliability analyses showed that the scales' scores had relatively moderate levels of internal consistency. Implications of the findings for future research and practice are discussed.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 25 Issue 2 - School-based Physical Education Programs and Obesity
           in the United States: Trends, Rationalizations, and Perspectives of Change
           
    • Abstract: Xu, Furong; Chepyator-Thomson, Jepkorir Rose; Culp, Brian
      Current incidence of obesity among children and adolescents in the United States necessitates the development of physical activity based programs. It is postulated that one such arena for these programs is found in properly structured school physical education. Such programs hold the potential to promote active lifestyle that leads to positive health changes among children, youth and future adult populations. Accordingly, the purposes of this paper were to, firstly, identify current rationalizations and tangible research evidence that supports a quest for development of exemplary school-based physical education, secondly, describe challenges that school-based physical education currently faces, and thirdly, suggest recommendations for promotion of quality physical education. In our opinion these steps are necessary to guide our efforts for an effective school-based physical education that can help us to manage overweight and obesity problem in children.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 25 Issue 2 - Competition - a Double-edged Sword in Educational
           Change in Mainland China
    • Abstract: Tang, Li-Fang; Lam, Chi-Chung; Ma, Yun-Peng
      The need for continuous reform in education to meet the challenges in changes to society, to the economy and to different political situations is widely acknowledged. However, the issue of what the lever and change strategy should be remains unresolved. Education authorities in many places have resorted to accountability among schools as policy levers. Underlying the accountability movement is the belief that under a competitive system, schools will become more receptive to change and become more effective. Some academic researchers doubt the effectiveness of such a movement and warn of undesirable side effects such a movement may bring about. This paper reports the case of a junior secondary school in a large city in Mainland China where market forces and competition were adopted as the lever to build up the drive for change and achieve better results. In the case school, it was found that teachers responded to the pressure of market force and competition in adopting change and achieving the goals set. Students' performances in public examinations and inter-school extra-curricular activities were impressive which was seen as of prime importance by the school management and parents. However, behind this rosy picture was an absence of a collaborative culture among teaching staff, and the loss of moral purpose, both are essential for the long-term sustainable development of quality education.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 25 Issue 2 - Using School Evaluation Policy to Effect Curriculum
           Change': A Reflection on the SSE and ESR Exercise in Hong Kong
    • Abstract: Yeung, Shirley Sze-yin
      In Hong Kong, despite the officials' efforts to reform the school curriculum, studies have found that implementation of the proposed changes has been superficial (Yeung, 2006, 2009). Recently, evidence-based school self-evaluation has become a global trend in the school improvement movement. The Education Bureau in Hong Kong has followed this trend and launched a school evaluation policy - School Self Evaluation (SSE) and External School Review (ESR). The pair of evaluation measures was initiated to help schools to evaluate their own effectiveness, to ensure public accountability and to achieve self development (Quality Assurance Division, 2006). This paper shares the findings from a local research, which looks into the perception of the policy by school curriculum leaders and its possible impact on the school curriculum and teachers. The curriculum leaders described both positive and negative effects, potential threats and weaknesses of the school evaluation policy. Specific attention was given to how effective school evaluation in effect makes curriculum reform mandatory. Findings show how the local school curriculum can be controlled by bureaucratic preferences through SSE and ESR, and ultimately lost its ability to deal with diversity. It also shows how such forces impede teachers' professional autonomy and liberty.

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  • Volume 25 Issue 2 - Teacher Burnout Revisited: Introducing Positive
           Intervention Approaches Based on Gratitude and Forgiveness
    • Abstract: Chan, David W
      The recent positive psychology movement has given a new impetus to revisiting the perennial problem of teacher burnout, suggesting that intervention efforts could be more productively shifted from coping with symptoms or components of burnout to promoting or enhancing the antithesis of burnout. It is argued that the components of burnout (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced sense of personal accomplishment) are diametrically opposites of the good life (the pleasant life, the engaged life, and the meaningful life), which is led or lived by people who build and cultivate positive character strengths. Based on the review on the connection of well-being with forgiveness and gratitude, it is further suggested that strength-based interventions based on forgiveness and gratitude are effective and could be integrated into the positive approaches to combating burnout.

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  • Volume 25 Issue 2 - Notes for Contributors
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 24 Issue 2 - Characteristics of East Asian Learners: What We
           Learned from PISA
    • Abstract: Ho, Esther Sui-Chu
      Current international studies have shown that students in East Asian societies outperformed their Western counterparts. Evidence from both the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have suggested that East Asian Learners did much better in Mathematics and Science than their counterparts in North American and European countries (Martin et al., 2000, Mullis, et al., 2000; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2003, 2004). A number of scholars attempted to attribute the remarkable educational achievement of students to the Asian model of learners, with particular focus on the Chinese ways of learning and teaching (e.g., Li, 2004; Schneider and Lee, 1990; Stevenson and Stigler, 1992; Watkins and Biggs, 1996, 2001; Wong, 2004). Yet, previous studies have usually treated (East) Asian students as one general category and not differentiated between different groups of Asians. Using data from PISA2000+ and PISA2003, this study found that there are certain convergences in the East Asian societies which might be seen as the primary cognitive habitus that are shared by the Confucian Heritage Culture (CHC) societies. However, both divergence and convergence were found which gave us a new understanding of the characteristics of East Asian learners, their learning strategies and learning environment.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 24 Issue 2 - Moral Development and Moral Education: An Integrated
           Approach
    • Abstract: Ma, Hing-Keung
      In this paper an overview of the psychological concepts of morality is presented and the aims of moral education based on these concepts are delineated in details. The affective and cognitive aspects of moral development are integrated in the construction of a holistic moral education program for primary school, secondary school and university students. Four domains of moral education are proposed as follows: human relationships and altruism, moral feeling and psychological needs, moral judgment, and citizenship. In addition, there are ten primary moral characters that we need to help children to develop. These moral characters are: (1) Humanity, (2) Intelligence, (3) Courage, (4) Conscience, (5) Autonomy, (6) Respect, (7) Responsibility, (8) Naturalness, (9) Loyalty, and (10) Humility. Chinese and Western perspectives are employed to elaborate the details of the proposed moral education program as well as the features of the ten primary moral characters. It is claimed that the proposed moral education program and the ten primary moral characters are universal for all cultures.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 24 Issue 2 - School Civic Education since 1980s: A Brief Review of
           the Literature in Hong Kong
    • Abstract: Leung, Yan-Wing; Yuen, Timothy Wai-Wa
      This paper is a review of academic literature on research in civic education of Hong Kong covering period 1980s to 2000s. It reports only peer-reviewed journal articles, research-based books, and chapters in edited refereed volumes by academics who were engaged full-time when the work was published. It covers 73 refereed journal articles, 2 authored books and 31 chapters in edited refereed books: a total of 106 publications. The following areas of concern were included: (1) concepts of citizenship; (2) concepts and policies of civic education; (3) curriculum, textbooks and implementation of civic education; (4) themes of civic education, including political education, national education, global education, and human rights education; and (5) the influence of Asian values. Given its limitation, this review has revealed some under-developed and under-researched areas and themes which deserve attention and research and has suggested some concrete agenda for research in the future.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 24 Issue 2 - Chinese Language Education in Hong Kong: Twenty Five
           Years of Educational Research in Hong Kong
    • Abstract: Tse, Shek-Kam
      The learning of Chinese has experienced great changes over recent decades and, as a school subject, has dramatically increased in importance both in Hong Kong and around the world. This paper reviews a number of key educational research topics and issues in Chinese language education in Hong Kong, the focus being on processes of teaching and learning Chinese language as a school subject and across the curriculum, the reading and writing of Chinese characters, spoken communication and comprehension of oral Chinese, mechanisms and standards of assessment, the place of information and communication technology (ICT) in the teaching and learning of Chinese, and the use of Chinese as the medium of instruction in the classroom. The review is by no means comprehensive and, for the sake of brevity, some of the details offered about research into Chinese language education in Hong Kong are rather concise. It is hoped that this paper will highlight useful instructional implications for curriculum planners and front-line practitioners, as well as pointers for the direction of future research.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
  • Volume 24 Issue 2 - Science Education in Hong Kong: Opportunities for
           Research and Development
    • Abstract: So, Winnie Wing-Mui; Cheng, May May-Hung
      Changes in primary and secondary science education curriculum and the overall education policy in Hong Kong over the years have directed the way researchers conducted local science education research. Due to the large amount of academic publications related to science education in Hong Kong, research works reviewed in this article are identified from main local, Asia-pacific and international science-education related journals, and also by authors from the websites of all science-education related faculties or departments of local universities and teacher education institutes. This article aims to give an overview of what has been done to support science education at the primary and secondary level in Hong Kong in the past few decades and to provide researchers with a foundation on which future research studies can be built.

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  • Volume 24 Issue 2 - From Looking Back to Looking Forward: Introducing Part
           Two of the Special Issue on 25 Years of Educational Research
    • Abstract: Chan, David W
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:38 GMT
       
 
 
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