CHENG Hon Man Roger 鄭漢文

Research Projects

  • Consultancy Study on the Promotion of Parent Education

  • TAM Wai Ming Frank, CHENG Hon Man Roger, HO Sui Chu, LAM Ching Man (Dept of Social Work), MA Lai Chong (Dept of Social Work)
    1 April 2001
    Education Department, Hong Kong SAR Government

    Understanding that parents are the earliest and closest mentors of their offspring and that their views, values and attitudes would produce great impact on children's development, promoting parent education has been accorded high priority by the Hong Kong SAR Government. The emphasis of the education reform on cultural changes and parental participation accentuates the urgency of the task.
    The (present) study is conducted to obtain information to make recommendations to the government on the contents, direction, policy of parent education as well as the mechanism to bring all community resources together for its promotion.
    The objectives of the study are as follows:
    (1) To take stock of how parent education is promoted in Hong Kong at present;
    (2) To find out the underlying rationale and focus of the organizations providing parent education in Hong Kong at present;
    (3) To find out the needs of parents with offspring from 0 to 15 years of age for parent education, including the contents, format, timing, arrangement, etc.;
    (4) To look for effective practices in neighboring countries which are adaptable in Hong Kong; and
    (5) To make recommendations, based on the findings of the study, on the contents, direction, policy of parent education as well as the mechanism to bring all community resources together for its promotion. (SS20015)



  • Inquiry into Sources of Moral Education in Hong Kong from a British Colony to a Chinese Special Administrative Region: Stage (I) Studies on Personal Narratives of Moral Values (1974-2003)

  • CHENG Hon Man Roger
    16 March 2004
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    This project aims to research into the sources of moral education in Hong Kong in transition from a British Colony to a Chinese Special Administration Region, taking two new approaches. Firstly, it focuses on “ storied morality ” by studying personal narratives of moral values within recent thirty years (1974-2003). Secondly, it locates moral education within the background of values education, which is a relatively new area of research and development in Hong Kong. Moral education and civic education have been assigned as one of the four key tasks in education reform and curriculum reform on Hong Kong since 1997. But how should moral education be conducted after 1997? What are the sources of moral education for those educational practitioners who aspire to become values educators, in which moral values play an important part?
    This project conducts threefold qualitative study into a targeted group of 90 participants. Firstly, 90 will be requested to reply a pilot questionnaire (expecting 50 returns or more). Secondly, based on the analysis of the replies, 20 to 25 would be invited to attend focus group interviews. It tries to understand sources of moral education in Hong Kong (1974-2003) through their personal narrative and their “storied morality” centering on the research problem: “How have sources influenced their moral lives (in which the identity of moral educator plays an important part)?” This narrative inquiry into the aspiring moral educators will throw light on and prepare foreground for further research on moral education in Chinese societies (taking Hong Kong as the initial case). (ED03564)



  • Narrative Inquiry into Aspiring Values Educators in Hong Kong (Stage II Study): From Storied Lives to Inspired Practices of Values Education in a Chinese Society

  • CHENG Hon Man Roger
    1 March 2003
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    Values education is a relatively new area of research and development in Hong Kong. But the significance of the fact that values permeate education in multiple ways has been ever more clearly shown in education reform and curriculum reform in Hong Kong since 1997. Thus, this generates a need of training for values educators. But why would educational practitioners aspire to become values educators? This project conducts a narrative inquiry into a sub-group of 6 to 12 aspiring values educators from within a class of fifty, in relation to the three most concerned values: autonomy, altruism and responsibility. It tries to understand their aspiration as well as their inspired forms of practice through the following four research questions:
    (Q1): What values / attitudes / qualities they are most concerned with in their aspiration to becoming values educators?
    (Q2): How have they been nurtured (by inspiring values educators) in the values / attitudes / qualities that they are most concerned with in telling their own stories of formation?
    (Q3): How would they in practice nurture the values / attitudes / qualities that they are most concerned in their values educators (target-clients) in conceiving themselves as values educators?
    (Q4): How have they lived their lives in which the identity of values educators plays an important part (and by which the answers to the above three questions are unified)?
    This narrative inquiry into the aspiring values educators is expected to show that the ways the aspiring values educators have their values / attitudes / qualities nurtured by some other values educators as their formative sources could and would inspire their educational practice of nurturing values / attitudes / qualities in their prospective values educands (for their “respiration”). It will throw light on further research on values education in Chinese societies (taking Hong Kong as the initial case). (ED02455)



Research Publications

  • CHENG Hon Man Roger. "Moral education in Hong Kong Confucian-parental, Christian-religious and liberal-civic influences". Journal of Moral Educatio n vol.33 no.4, pp.533-551. Carfax Publishing, Taylor and Francis Group, 2004.12.



  • TAM Wai Ming Frank; LAM Ching Man; HO Sui Chu; CHENG Hon Man Roger and MA Lai Chong. The Promotion of Parent Education in Hong Kong, A consultancy study final report. Hong Kong SAR: Board of Education, HKSAR, 2001.
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