CHAN Wai Ock David 陳維鄂

Research Projects


  • Coping Strategies and Psychological Well-being of Gifted Students in Hong Kong
  • CHAN Wai Ock David
    1 March 2002
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    This proposed study aims to find out how gifted students cope with their being gifted, or problems they face as a result of their high abilities. Specifically, this study has two parts. The first part will cover the construction of an instrument to measure gifted students. social coping strategies . such as denial, hiding of talent, conformity, extracurricular involvement, and fear of failure . based on the work of Swiatek (1998). The second part will investigate gifted students. adjustment problems, coping strategies, and their psychological well-being, and the relationships among adjustment problems, coping strategies and psychological well-being.

    The findings of this study will inform us on how gifted students in our sample usually cope with adjustment problems, and whether or not they experience significant levels of psychological symptoms. This information may help shed light on how best to help promote psychological well-being of gifted students through coping skills training and preventive interventions. (ED01935)


  • Developing and Evaluating a Chinese Cognitive Strategy Instruction Program for Junior Secondary Students in Hong Kong
  • CHAN Wai Ock David, LAU Kit Ling*
    1 March 2002
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    This proposed study aims to introduce a new reading instruction model, Cognitive Strategy Instruction (CSI) model, to Chinese language teachers and to develop a Chinese CSI program for junior secondary students in Hong Kong. Derived from the information processing perspective, the CSI model emphasizes the importance of using cognitive and metacognitive strategies during the reading process. It is believed that applying the CSI model in Chinese language teaching can train students to become strategic learners as well as helping teachers to implement measures in line with the current curriculum reform. Four to six schools will be invited to participate in this study. Training workshops will be provided for the Chinese language teachers and the program will be tailored to meet the needs of each school. The program will last for four to six weeks. A reading comprehension test, strategy use and reading motivation questionnaire will be used to assess students. reading ability and motivation before and after the program. The effectiveness of the program for enhancing students. reading comprehension and motivation will be evaluated based on the above quantitative data as well as other qualitative information, including meeting records, classroom observation reports and interviews with teachers. (ED01566)


  • Emotional Intelligence, Social Coping and Psychological Distress among Gifted Students in Hong Kong
  • CHAN Wai Ock David
    1 March 2003
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    In Hong Kong, with the provision of a growing number of gifted programs in schools, educators are increasingly concerned with the social and emotional needs of gifted students, their adjustment to being gifted or being labeled gifted, and the development of preventive interventions to help these students with such difficulties. Since some of the adjustment problems of gifted students are associated to varying degrees with their heightened sensitivities to emotions that demand accurate appraisal as well as appropriate regulation, one could surmise that gifted students who are more emotionally intelligent might cope with such problems more adaptively, which might in turn lead to their reduced vulnerability to psychological distress.

    The primary objectives in this proposed study are to explore gifted students’ emotional intelligence, their social coping strategies, their psychological distress, and the relationships among these variables. The findings of this study will inform us on how gifted students in our sample usually cope with adjustment problems, and whether or not they experience significant levels of psychological symptoms. This information may help shed light on how best to help gifted students cope with the problems they face especially those as a result of their high abilities. Such findings would have important implications for the provision of preventive interventions and the development of counseling services for gifted students in Hong Kong. (ED02700)


  • Family Environment and Talent Development Among Chinese Gifted Students in Hong Kong
  • CHAN Wai Ock David
    1 March 2004
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The important role of families in the development of talents and potentials of gifted children has long been recognized in studies of parenting, education and training in North America. The accumulating body of evidence seems to suggest that family environmental variables, when combined in a variety of ways, may contribute to outcomes that are more or less supportive of academic achievement, creativity, talent development, and mental health. This proposed study aims to explore the relationships between family environmental variables and talent development of Chinese gifted students in Hong Kong.

    Gifted students’ perceptions of their family environments and their perceived talents in academic skills and creativity will be assessed. Letters will be sent to all local secondary schools inviting principals/teachers to nominate gifted and talented students in their respective schools. The researcher will then send out the scale to the students, who will be asked to return the scale to the researcher upon completion. Completion of the scale is voluntary and the students will remain anonymous. The findings will have important implications in informing educators and parents whether family environmental variables related to Chinese cultural values might enhance or impede the development of specific talents in their children. (ED03495)


  • Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles of Gifted Students in Hong Kong
  • CHAN Wai Ock David
    1 March 2005
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    According to Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and Renzulli’s conception of learning styles, different individuals have different strengths and weaknesses along eight intelligences, and likes and dislikes of different learning styles respectively. It is important for teachers to gear their instructional modes to accommodate students’ multiple intelligences profile and learning styles to suit both the talent development and the learning needs of their students, especially gifted students who may need to be identified and nurtured in the most effective way. The primary purpose of this study, therefore, is to assess both the multiple intelligences profiles and the learning styles of gifted students, and explicate the relationship between the two. (ED04873)


  • Successful Leadership Development Programme
  • CHAN Wai Ock David, CHEUNG Ping Chung, CHENG Pui Wan
    9 March 2002
    Education Department, Hong Kong SAR Government

    This project aims to enhance the leadership ability and quality of the exceptionally gifted students, and to develop their potential. The program focuses on students’ personal and leadership skills development, and provides opportunities for participating students to demonstrate their leadership ability in serving their schools and the community. Target students will be about 100 senior secondary students identified by the Fung Hon Chu Gifted Education Centre as being exceptionally gifted. These students should have been nominated by their schools as students who have demonstrated outstanding potential or performance in leadership. The leadership training will consist of a series of intensive university-based training held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, followed by a practicum component in the form of school / community services. Participants will finally report on their training and service at the end of the program. (ED01812)



Research Publications


  • "Adjustment Problems and Emotional Intelligence Among Gifted and Talented Students in Hong Kong." Gifted and Talented vol.7 no.1 (March 2003), pp.6-10



  • "Adjustment Problems and Multiple Intelligences among Gifted Students in Hong Kong: the Development of the Revised Student Adjustment Problems Inventory." High Ability Studies vol.14 no.1 (2003), pp.48-54.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC3991 .H5; Also Available Online)



  • "Assessing Adjustment Problems of Gifted Students in Hong Kong: The Development of the Student Adjustment Problems Inventory." Gifted Child Quarterly vol.47 no.2 (2003), pp.107-117
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC3991 .G54; Also Available Online)



  • "Assessing Gifted of Chinese Secondary Students in Hong Kong: A Multiple-intelligences Perspective." High Ability Studiesvol.12(2001), pp.215-234. 2001.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC3991 .H5; Also Available Online)



  • "Assessing Ideational Fluency in Primary Students in Hong Kong." (co-authored with Cheung Ping Chung; Lau Sing; Wu Y. H. William; Kwong M. L. Jenny and Li Wing Ling) Creativity Research Journal (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.) vol.13 no.3 & 4 (2000), pp.359-365
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical BF408 .C75; Also Available Online)



  • "Assessing Leadership Among Chinese Secondary Students in Hong Kong: The Use of the Roets Rating Scale for Leadership." Gifted Child Quarterly vol.44 no.2 (2000), pp.115-122.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC3991 .G54; Also Available Online)



  • "Assessment of Leadership Characteristics of Chinese Secondary Students in Hong Kong: The Development of the Scaled Version of the Roets Rating Scale for Leadership." Progress in Education vol.III (2001), pp.299-312
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LA201 .P76)



  • "Beyond Lifelong Learning and Learning to Learn: What More Could Be Achieved through Education Reform in Hong Kong?" Educational Research Journal vol.16 no.1 (2001), pp.1-12.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies Periodical LB1028.E36; CC Periodical LB1028 .E36)



  • "Brief Intervention for School Problems: A Practical Approach for Hong Kong Teachers." Asian Journal of Counselling vol.7 no.1 (2000), pp.65-83
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies Periodical LB1028.E36; CC Periodical LB1028 .E36)



  • "Characteristics and Competencies of Teachers of Gifted Learners: The Hong Kong Teacher Perspective." Roeper Review vol.23 (2000), pp.197-202
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC399 .R64; Also Available Online)



  • "Coping with Disaster and Trauma Reactions: Are Hong Kong Mental Health Practitioners Prepared?" Hong Kong Journal of Mental Health vol.30 no.1 (2001), pp.2-9
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical W1 .H56; UL HKS Periodical W1 .H56; MD Periodical W1 .H56)



  • "Counseling Gifted Students in Hong Kong: A Critical Need." Education Journal vol.27 no.2 (1999), pp.145-154
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "Creative Potential of School Children in Hong Kong: Norms of the Wallach-Kogan Creativity Tests and Their Implications." (co-authored with Cheung Ping Chung; Lau Sing; and Yu Y.H. William) Creativity Research Journal vol.16 no.1 (2004), pp.69-78
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical BF408 .C75; Also Available Online)



  • "Developing the Creative Leadership Training Program for Gifted and Talented Students in Hong Kong." Roeper Review vol.22 no.2 (2000), pp.94-97
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC399 .R64; Also Available Online)



  • "Developmental Dyslexia in Hong Kong: An Overview and Lessons from an International Perspective". Chinese University Educational Journal vol.30 no.2 (2002), pp.1-19
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical L64.C4734; Also Available Online)



  • "Dimensionality of Hardiness and Its Role in the Stress-Distress Relationship among Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong." Journal of Youth and Adolescence (Plenum Publishing Corporation) vol.29 (2000), pp.147-161
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical HQ796 .J625; Also Available Online)



  • "Dimensions of Emotional Intelligence and Their Relationships with Social Coping among Gifted Adolescents in Hong Kong". Journal of Youth and Adolescence vol.32 no.6 Dec 2003), pp.409-418.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical HQ796 .J625; Also Available Online)



  • "'Education for the Gifted' and 'Talent Development': What Gifted Education can Offer Education Reform in Hong Kong." Education Journal vol.28 no.2 (2000), pp.1-13
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "Education Reform and Special Education in Hong Kong: Reflections and Concerns." Helping Students with Learning Difficulties (2000), pp.3-15
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies LC4706. H85 H35 1998; CC Reserve 3 days LC4706. H85 H35 1998; CUTW-Book Collection (Restricted to CUTW users only) LC4706. H85 H35 1998)



  • "Evaluating the Chinese University Summer Gifted Program for Junior Secondary Students in Hong Kong". Journal of Secondary Gifted Education vol.XI no.3 (2000), pp.136-143
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "Evaluating the Implementation of a Chinese Reading Strategy Instruction Program in Hong Kong Secondary Schools." (co-authored with Lau Kit Ling) Chinese University Educational Journal Vol.31 No.1 (2003), pp.177-190
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical L64.C4734; Also Available Online)



  • "Exploring Identification Procedures of Gifted Students by Teacher Ratings, Parent Ratings and Student Self-reports in Hong Kong." High Ability Studies vol.11 no.1 (2002), pp.69-82
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC3991 .H5; Also Available Online)



  • "Fostering Creativity in Schools in Hong Kong: Issues and Challenges from a Systems Perspective." Chinese University Educational Journal vol.30 no.1 (2002), pp.1-14
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical L64.C4734; Also Available Online)



  • "Gifted Education and Educational Psychology: The Expanding Roles of Educational Psychologists in Hong Kong." Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies vol.4 no.1 (2003), pp.103-120.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical DS701 .J69; UL HKS Periodical DS701 .J69)



  • "Gifted Education in Hong Kong: Issues and Challenges in the New Millennium." Australasia Journal of Gifted Education vol.10 no.1 (2001), pp.5-12



  • "Giftedness, Adjustment Problems, and Psychological Distress Among Chinese Secondary Students in Hong Kong." Journal for the Education of the Gifted vol.26 no.1 (2002), pp.6-24
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC3993.9 .J68; Also Available Online)



  • "Global and Specific Self-Concepts of Gifted Adolescents in Hong Kong." Journal for the Education of the Gifted vol.24 no.4 (2001), pp.344-364
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC3993.9 .J68; Also Available Online)



  • "Hardiness and Its Role in the Stress-burnout Relationship among Prospective Chinese Teachers in Hong Kong." Teaching and Teacher Education vol.19 (2003), pp.381-395.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LB1025.2.T412; Also Available Online)



  • Helping students with learning difficulties, Hong Kong : Chinese University Press, 1998
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies LC4706. H85 H35 1998; CC Reserve 3 days LC4706. H85 H35 1998; CUTW-Book Collection (Restricted to CUTW users only) LC4706. H85 H35 1998)



  • "Hong Kong Mental Health in the New Millennium: On the Shoulders of Professor P.M. Yap." Hong Kong Journal of Mental Health vol.28 (1998), pp.3-8
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical W1 .H56; UL HKS Periodical W1 .H56; MD Periodical W1 .H56)



  • "Identification of Underachievers in Hong Kong: Do Different Methods Select Different Underachievers." (co-authored with Lau Kit Ling) Educational Studies vol.27 no.2 (2001), pp.187-200
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical L16 .E48; Available Online)



  • "Identifying Gifted and Talented Students in Hong Kong." Roeper Review vol.22 no.2 (1998), pp.88-93
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC399 .R64; Also Available Online)



  • "Implicit Theories of Creativity: Teachers' Perception of Student Characteristics in Hong Kong." (co-authored with CHAN Lai Kwan) Creativity Research Journal (Lawrence Earlbaum and Associates) vol.12 no.3 (1999), pp.185-195
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical BF408 .C75; Also Available Online)
  • "Leadership Skills Training for Chinese Secondary Students in Hong Kong: Does Training Make a Difference?" Journal of Secondary Gifted Education (Prufrock Press) vol.XIV no.3 (2003), pp.166-174
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)


  • "Learning and Teaching through the Multiple-intelligences Perspective: Implications for Curriculum Reform in Hong Kong." Educational Research Journal vol.15 no.2 (2000), pp.187-201.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies Periodical LB1028.E36; CC Periodical LB1028 .E36)



  • "Learning Styles of Gifted and Nongifted Secondary Students in Hong Kong." Gifted Child Quarterly vol.45 no.1 (2001), pp.35-44
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC3991 .G54; Also Available Online)



  • "Meeting the Special Needs of the Gifted through the Summer Gifted Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong". (co-authored with Cheung Ping Chung and Yeung Pik Wah Patricia) Gifted Education International vol.14 (2000), pp.254-263. 2000.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC3991 .G55)



  • "Mental Health Services and Research: Challenges for Hong Kong Health Care Reform in the 21st Century." Hong Kong Journal of Mental Health vol.29(2000), pp. 70-76
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical W1 .H56; UL HKS Periodical W1 .H56; MD Periodical W1 .H56)



  • "Misconceptions and Attitudes Toward Suicide Among Teachers and Prospective Teachers in Hong Kong." Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Baywood Publishing) vol.45 no.4 (2002), pp.361-379
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "Motivational Characteristics of Under-achievers in Hong Kong." (co-authored with Lau Kit Ling) Educational Psychology (Carfax Publishing, Taylor and Francis Group) vol.21 no.4 (2001), pp.417-430
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LB1051 .E358; Available Online)



  • "Multiple Intelligences and Perceived Self-Efficacy Among ChineseSecondary School Teachers in Hong Kong." Educational Psychology vol.23 no.5 (Dec 2003), pp.521-533
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LB1051 .E358; Available Online)



  • "Multiple Intelligences of Chinese Gifted Students in Hong Kong: Perspectives from Students, Parents, Teachers, and Peers." Roeper Review
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC399 .R64; Also Available Online)



  • "Narrative Means to Educational Ends: Introducing the Narrative Approach to Hong Kong Schools." Educational Research Journal vol.19 no.1 (2004), pp.1-15
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies Periodical LB1028.E36; CC Periodical LB1028 .E36)



  • "Parenting Gifted and Talented Children: An Overview and Some Practical Considerations for Hong Kong Chinese Parents." Journal of Basic Education vol.9/10 (2000), pp.37-51
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies Periodical LB1501.C55; CC Periodical LB1501.C55; Also Available Online)



  • "Perceived Competence of Students with Learning Difficulties in Hong Kong." Helping Students with Learning Difficulties (1998), pp.135-148
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies LC4706. H85 H35 1998; CC Reserve 3 days LC4706. H85 H35 1998; CUTW-Book Collection (Restricted to CUTW users only) LC4706. H85 H35 1998)



  • "Perceived Domain-Specific Competence and Global Self-Worth of Primary Students in Hong Kong." School Psychology International (Sage Publications) vol.23 no.3 (2002), pp.355-368
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LB1051.S36; Also Available Online)



  • "Perceived Emotional Intelligence and Self-Efficacy Among Chinese Secondary School Teachers in Hong Kong." Personality and Individual Differences vol.36 (2004), pp.1781-1795
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical BF698.A1P475; Also Available Online)



  • "Reading Strategy Use and Motivation among Chinese Good and Poor Readers in Hong Kong." (co-authored with Lau Kit Ling) Journal of Research in Reading (Blackwell Publishing Ltd.) vol.26 no.2 (2003), pp.177-190
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LB1050.6 .J68; Available Online)



  • "Reading-Related Behavioral Characteristics of Chinese Children with Dyslexia: The Use of the Teachers' Behavior Checklist in Hong Kong." (co-authored with Ho Suk-han Connie; Tsang Suk-man; Lee Suk-han and Chung K.h. Kelvin) Annals of Dyslexia vol.53 (2003), pp.300-323
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical WM475.6 .A5; Available Online)



  • "Rethinking Scholarship in Education in Hong Kong: Implications for Educational Research." Educational Research Journal vol.13 no.2 (1998), pp.141-149
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies Periodical LB1028.E36; CC Periodical LB1028 .E36)



  • "Reversing Underachievement: Can We Tap Unfulfilled Talents in Hong Kong?" Educational Research Journal vol.14 no.2 (1999), pp.177-190
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies Periodical LB1028.E36; CC Periodical LB1028 .E36)



  • "Screening for Chinese Children with Dyslexia in Hong Kong: The use of the Teachers' Behaviour Checklist." (co-authored with Ho Suk-han Connie; Tsang Suk-man; Lee Suk-han and Chung K.h Kevin) Educational Psychology vol.24 no.6 (Dec 2004), pp.811-824
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LB1051 .E358; Available Online)



  • "Social Coping and Psychological Distress Among Chinese Gifted Students in Hong Kong." Gifted Child Quarterly vol.48 no.1 (2004), pp.30-41
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC3991 .G54; Also Available Online)



  • "Stress, Coping Strategies, and Psychological Distress Among Secondary School Teachers in Hong Kong". American Educational Research Journal vol.35 no.1 (1998), pp.145-163
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical L11 .A66; Also Available Online)



  • "Stress, Self-Efficacy, Social Support, and Psychological Distress Among Prospective Chinese Teachers in Hong Kong." Educational Psychology vol.22 no.5 (2002), pp.557-569
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LB1051 .E358; Available Online)



  • "Stress, Support, and Psychological Symptoms among Guidance and Non-Guidance Secondary School Teachers in Hong Kong." (co-authored with Hui E.K.P.) School Psychology International vol.19 no.2 (1998), pp.169-178
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LB1051.S36; Also Available Online)



  • "Stressful Life Events, Cognitive Appraisals, and Psychological Symptoms Among Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong." Journal of Youth and Adolescence vol.27 no.4 (1998), pp.455-470
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical HQ796 .J625; Also Available Online)



  • "The Development of Mentorship Programs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong." Roeper Review vol.23 (2000), pp.85-88
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC399 .R64; Also Available Online)



  • "The TALENT Approach: An Integrated Model for Promoting Quality Education in Hong Kong". Chinese University Educational Journal vol.28 no.1 (2000), pp.1-12
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical L64.C4734; Also Available Online)



  • "University-school Collaboration and Needs Assessment in the Training of Student Leadership and Peer Support in Hong Kong". Roeper Review vol.22 pp.263-266. 2000.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC399 .R64; Also Available Online)



  • "Vision, Task, and Hope: The Hong Kong Education Reform Movement in the 21st Century." Educational Research Journal vol.15 no.1 (2000), pp.1-8
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies Periodical LB1028.E36; CC Periodical LB1028 .E36)



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  • 《遠見、工作和期望 : 香港二十一世紀的敎育改革運動》,香港:香港中文大學敎育學院:香港中文大學香港敎育硏究所,2000
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  • 〈檢討在香港中學中文科實施閱讀策略教學的成效〉與劉潔玲合著,《Education Journal》 第31卷 第1期,頁59-94,香港特別行政區:Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research,2003
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical L64.C4734; Also Available Online)


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