LEUNG Seung Ming 梁湘明

Research Projects


  • The Developmental Assessment of Newly-appointed Principals in Hong Kong
  • WALKER Allan David, LEUNG Seung Ming (Dept of Educational Psychology)
    1 September 2001
    Education Department, Hong Kong SAR Government

    This project aims to further institutionalise the needs assessment component of a broader programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for newly-appointed principals in Hong Kong. Earlier stages of the project involved the development and application of developmental assessment mechanisms and the collection of data on individual participants and cohorts of newly appointed principals. It also involved the establishment of a close professional relationship between the Education Department, CUHK academics and groups of experienced principals. This project aims to continue and refine and further evaluate the NAFPhk process. Outcomes of the project will include meaningful professional development for a group of 100 principals and valuable additions to the research base on the beliefs and needs of school leaders in Hong Kong. (ED01514)


  • Effects of Culture Specific Factors on Career Choice and Career Decision-Making Difficulties of Chinese University Students
  • LEUNG Seung Ming Alvin, Itamar GATI*, HOU Zhi Jin*
    1 January 2006
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    Culture exerts an important influence on the career development and choices of individuals. Three general themes related to the effects of culture on the career development of Chinese are examined in this proposed study. First, we intend to examine the effects of cultural value orientation, in terms of traditionality (affiliated with traditional Chinese culture) and modernity (affiliation with Western culture), on career choice and career decision-making difficulties. Second, we intend to test the effects of perceived parental expectations on career choice and decision-making difficulties, given that familial and collective values are important in a Chinese cultural context. We expect, however, that the effects of parental expectation on career choice and decision-making difficulties would vary depending on one.s cultural value orientation (in terms of traditionality and modernity). Third, we intend to explore whether there are differences in how career interest is perceived and organized among individuals with different cultural value orientations. In order to maximize divergence in individual cultural value orientations, participants of this study will be university students in three regions (Hong Kong, Beijing, and Wuhan) representing varying histories and degree of economic modernization as well as contact with the Western world. (CU05623)


  • Principalship Development Through Assessment - Needs Assessment for Newly Appointed Principals
  • WALKER Allan David, LEUNG Seung Ming (Dept of Educational Psychology)
    1 September 2000
    Education Department, Hong Kong SAR Government

    This project aims to further develop and institutionalise the project "Needs Assessment for Principals (Hong Kong) [NAFPhk]" for newly appointed principals within the context of schoolbased management and school improvement. The first phase of the project involved the development of assessment mechanisms and accompanying organisational structure, and the conduct, trialing and evaluation of an innovative needs assessment mechanism for newly appointed principals. It also involved the establishment of a close professional relationship between practising principals, the Education Department and academics and the training and involvement of a group of assessors drawn from the ranks of experienced principals. The project was viewed as a positive step toward handing greater control of their own professional development to principals themselves. This project aims to continue, refine, organise, apply and further evaluate the NAFPhk process. Participation in the needs assessment exercise will be an extremely worthwhile professional development exercise for all involved and will cement the strong tripartite relationshp established between the Education Department, the developers and organisers and practising principals. The project aims to establish a research base on the beliefs and needs of school leaders in Hong Kong and to form the basis for original and ongoing research. (ED20021)


  • Structured Needs Assessment and Development for Hong Kong School Principals – Group 2
  • WALKER Allan David, LEUNG Seung Ming (Dept of Educational Psychology)
    1 October 2000
    Education Department, Hong Kong SAR Government

    The project aims to develop, trial and implement a practical needs assessment package for aspiring, newly selected, newly appointed and practising (new and experienced) school principals in Hong Kong as they accept the challenge of school-based management and school improvement. Participation in the needs assessment exercise will provide principals with a comprehensive assessment of their current stage of development and, as such, allow them to plan a meaningful and relevant approach to their professional development. Aggregated data will be valuable to professional development providers in conceptualising and planning relevant professional development for principals at different stages of their career and development. Participation in the needs assessment exercise will, in itself, be an extremely worthwhile professional development exercise for those involved. (ED20015)



Research Publications


  • " Career counseling in Hong Kong: Meeting the social challenges". Career Development Quarterly vol.50. United States of America: National Career Development Association, 2002. pp.237-245.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical HF5381.A1V55 v.50, 2001-02; Available Online)



  • "Concurrent validity of the 1994 Self-Directed Search for school students in Hong Kong" (co-authored with HOU Zhi-jin ). Journal of Career Assessment vol.9. CA, United States of America: Sage Publication, 2001. pp.283-296.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "Counseling Psychology in Hong Kong: A Germinating Discipline." (co-authored with CHAN C. C. and LEAHY T.). Applied Psychology: An International Review vol.56, 2007. pp.51-68.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical BF636.A1 I53 v.56, 2007)



  • "Counseling training in Hong Kong: Challenges and possibilities". Asian Journal of Counselling vol.10. Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2003. pp.235-248.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical BF637.C6 A78 v.10-11, 2003-04; Available Online)



  • "The development of counselling in Hong Kong: Searching for professional identity". Asian Journal of Counselling vol.6, Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1999. pp.77-95.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical BF637.C6 A78 v.6-7, 1999-2000; Available Online)



  • "Ethical counseling practice: A survey of counseling teachers in Hong Kong secondary schools." (co-authored with LEUNG K. M. and CHAN P. O.). Asian Journal of Counselling vol.10, Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong Instutute of Educational Research, 2003. pp.71-94.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical BF637.C6 A78 v.10-11, 2003-04; Available Online)



  • "International Publishing in Counseling Psychology: The Case of Hong Kong". International Counseling Psychology Conference. Chicago, United States of America, 2008.03.


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