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Chinese as a Second Language Education: Improving prospects for Non-Chinese speakers

2017-05-11

Ethnic minority students in Hong Kong often struggle to become fluent in Chinese, especially when they lack a Chinese-speaking home environment. Yet although the Government has taken steps to improve Chinese as a Second language education, adequate learning support for non-Chinese speaking students is still lacking in many schools. This week the Centre overviews the present state of Chinese language education and analyses potential areas of improvement.


Liberal studies: Encourages critical thinking or rote learning?

2017-04-08

Liberal Studies education has been criticised for overemphasising critical thinking to the detriment of grasping facts and making students immune to the opinions of others. Is this really the case? Past examination reports from the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may provide some hints.


Free higher education for all? A deeper look at MOOC

2017-04-07

The emergence of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in higher education has created an opportunity for working youths without much time and money to continue learning. However, the figures in the past few years showed that MOOCs were not very well received among local learners. What were the factors hindering MOOC’s development?


A review on Liberal Studies examination

2017-04-01

As a core subject in high schools, one of the objectives of Liberal Studies is to help students be well-versed in arts and science. Has the goal been achieved so far? The HKDSE examination questions in the last five years may have dropped some hints.


Too much parenting, too little exercise

2017-03-20

In Hong Kong, some parents are not supportive enough of their children in doing regular physical activity, while some push their kids too hard to make them star athletes. To positively engage children in sports, there are a few tips parents should know…  


How might upper secondary science education be reformed?

2017-03-06

There is no doubt that science education is crucial to any nation’s development. In addition to its contribution to the knowledge-based economy, with scientific knowledge, people could make better decisions in their everyday lives. However, almost half of Hong Kong's upper secondary students do not study any science subjects. What are the ways to encourage greater uptake of science subjects, and how might the university admission system give the students a nudge?


How can museums measure their educational impact?

2017-02-21

The educational benefits of visiting museums could go way beyond your imagination - knowledge aside, visitors’ attitudes and values may also be shaped. How can we fully capture and demonstrate museums’ multi-faceted educational impact?


Sign language: Breaking the sound of silence

2017-02-20

Most deaf students who attend mainstream schools currently have little chance of learning sign language. Besides, there is a limited supply of qualified sign language interpreters in Hong Kong – only around 50. What will life be like for the deaf if sign language disappears one day?


Science education in Hong Kong: The 2015 PISA report and educational reforms

2017-02-15

Hong Kong students did not perform as well on the science portion of the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) as compared to prior assessments. Also, enjoyment of science among students was found to have decreased. This week the Centre analyses some of the potential factors behind the decrease in PISA science scores and possible ways to improve the situation.