YIP Din Yan 葉殿恩

Research Projects


  • Education for Sustainable Development in Early Childhood Education
  • LEE Chi Kin John, AU Yuet Ying (Ctr for University & School Partnership), CHAN Shuk Yee*, KWAN Siu Kau*, KWOK Chi Tai* LI Mi Ying Natalia (Ctr for University & School Partnership), MA Hing Tong (Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research), YIP Din Yan
    1 January 2008
    Sustainable Development Fund, HKSAR Government

    Education for sustainable development or sustainability education has been an important orientation of environmental education in the 1990s. The UN has declared 2005 to 2014 as the Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). It is notable that the primary school years are the period for the formation of fundamental environmental knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. The objectives of the project are: (a) to design and develop web-based teaching and learning resources to support the school-based curriculum development framework for sustainable development education in early childhood education (at pre-school and junior primary levels) proposed by the Curriculum Development Institute of the Education Bureau; (b) to heighten the awareness and increase the knowledge of teachers, students, parents and community helpers on issues related to sustainable development education and principles of the Earth Charter; and (c) to facilitate pre-school and junior primary pupils’ interest and commitment in personal lifestyle changes and environmental improvement. It is planned that twenty-five project primary schools would be participated involving their teachers, students and parents. Partnership will also be fostered between schools and university. Collaboration with the government, the Council for Sustainable Development and other non-governmental organizations would be sought. Within the Chinese University of Hong Kong, colleagues from the Faculty of Education, Social Science and Science would work together and university students from different faculties would be encouraged to participate in the Project by acting as tutors and coaches for students in primary schools. (ED07897)


  • The Hong Kong-PISA Project: Monitoring the Quality of Education in Hong Kong from an International Perspective
  • HO Sui Chu, CHUNG Yue Ping Stephen, TSANG Wing Kwong, CHUN Ka Wai Cecilia (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction), SZE Man Man Paul (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction), YIP Din Yan (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction), MAN Yee Fun Evelyn (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction), CHIU Ming Ming (Dept of Educational Psychology), WONG Ka Ming*, HO Wai Kit (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction)
    1 November 2000
    Quality Education Fund, HKSAR Government

    Monitoring the quality of education by tracking students' achievement is a major issue in the current education reform. Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international assessment of the skills and knowledge of 15-year-olds conducted by The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in thirty-two countries. It aims to assess how far students approaching the end of compulsory education have acquired the knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in study, work, and society. Implementing PISA in Hong Kong allows creation of a new monitoring system from an international perspective. The proposed project will parallel the first cycle of the PISA study. This international study can extend our knowledge on the effectiveness of Hong Kong basic education by establishing a timely, longitudinal, and multilevel database.
    The objectives of the project are:
    (1) include Hong Kong in the network of international student assessment projects;
    (2) promote collaboration among governments on assessment policy;
    (3) monitor students' achievement in reading, mathematics and science;
    (4) investigate the effectiveness of basic schooling;
    (5) provide a baseline profile of the knowledge and skills of Hong Kong students at the end of compulsory education;
    (6) report results of education system's quality; and
    (7) train education evaluators and practitioners in monitoring school performance. (ED20023)


  • Literacy Performance of Hong Kong Secondary Schools: The Trial Study of OECD/PISA2006
  • HO Sui Chu, YIP Din Yan (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction), KWONG Wai Leung (Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research)
    1 March 2004
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a new regular survey of 15-year old assessing their preparedness for adult life. The PISA programme was launched in 1997 by the OECD with the objective to develop regular, reliable and policy relevant indicators on student achievement. The data strategy defines three cycles of the project: PISA 2000 focusing on reading literacy, PISA 2003 focusing on mathematical literacy and finally PISA 2006 focusing on scientific literacy. HKPISA 2000 and HKPISA 2003 were successfully implemented by the HKPISA Centre, the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. PISA 2006 constitutes the third cycle of the project, which will be conducted in 2004-2006. The purpose of the HKPISA 2006 trial study is to continue the investigation of HKPISA2000 and HKPISA2003 and develop a longitudinal database for the study of several problems confronting the youth in Hong Kong secondary schools. The study will parallel the third cycle of PISA study conducted by the OECD in over 40 countries. This international study can extend our knowledge on the effectiveness of Hong Kong basic education by establishing a timely, longitudinal, and multilevel database. The full project can provide direction for schools’ instructional efforts and for students’ leaning as well as insights into curriculum strengths and weaknesses. They also provide tools for central authorities to monitor achievement levels especially when administration is devolved and schools are being run in partnership with communities. The fund requested in this application are for a trial study to accomplish the following steps: (1) construct the sample design,; (2) translation of questionnaires and assessments; (3) field test the student questionnaire and assessment in 30 schools; and (4) prepare for the main study of HKPISA 2006. Following this pilot study, funds from QEF and RGC will be sought to the full study. (ED03577)


  • Professional Enhancement Programme on Environmental Education for Primary School Teachers
  • LEE Chi Kin John, WU Kam Wah, LAM Kin Che (Dept of Geography & Resource Management), SIU Lai Ping Teresa, YIP Din Yan, FUNG Yee Wang (Faculty Office of Education), MAK CHAN Shuk Yin, CHUI Ching Ying, L AI Man Hong (Dept of Educational Administration & Policy), LAM Wing Po (Ctr For University & School Partnership), MA Hing Tong (Faculty Office of Education), TANG Yiu Nam, CHEUNG Tsui Man (Faculty Office of Education)#, Tang Mei Sin*, LAI Tak Fai Larry*, Prof Moira Chan-Yeung*, Dr Daniella TILBURY*, WONG Hin Wah
    1 December 2001
    Education Department, Hong Kong SAR Government

    This project aims at providing a pioneering professional enhancement programme on environmental education for the Curriculum Development Institute of the Education Department, HKSAR. The aims of the project are:
    (1) To empower teachers to become curriculum leaders in environmental education with a view to enhancing their competency and confidence to develop school-based curriculum programmes relating to environmental education in the context of moral and civic education;
    (2) To enhance teachers’ motivation, capacity and skills in using the life event approach; and
    (3) To develop teachers’ action research skills. The project team will develop web-based self-access materials and provide face-to-face sessions including seminars, workshops, field studies and laboratory work. Participants are required to submit an action research report. Assessment of the participants will also be conducted upon the completion of the programme. (ED01686)


  • Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 in Hong Kong
  • HO Sui Chu, LO Nai Kwai Leslie, CHUNG Yue Ping Stephen, TSANG Wing Kwong, YIP Din Yan (Curriculum & Instruction), CHEUNG Sin Pui (Curriculum & Instruction), KWONG Wai Leung (Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research), WONG Ka Ming Patrick (Curriculum & Instruction), LAW Huk Yuen (Curriculum & Instruction), MAN Yee Fun Evelyn (Curriculum & Instruction), NG Mau Yuen Eric (Curriculum & Instruction), CHUN Ka Wai Cecilia (Curriculum & Instruction), SZE Man Man Paul (Curriculum & Instruction), TONG Choi Wai (Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research), CHIU Ming Ming (Educational Psychology)
    11 October 2004
    Education & Manpower Bureau, HKSAR Government

    The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a new regular survey of 15-year olds assessing their preparedness for adult life. The PISA programme was launched in 1997 by the OECD with the objective to develop regular, reliable and policy relevant indicators on student achievement. The data strategy defines three cycles of the project: PISA 2000 focusing on reading literacy, PISA 2003 focusing on mathematical literacy and finally PISA 2006 focusing on scientific literacy. HKPISA 2000 and HKPISA 2003 were successfully implemented by the HKPISA Centre, the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research of me Chinese University of Hong Kong. PISA 2006 constitutes the third cycle of the project, which will be conducted in 2004-2006. The purpose of the HKCPISA 2006 study is to continue the investigation of HKPISA2000 and HKPISA2003 and develop a longitudinal database for the study of several problems confronting the youth in Hong Kong secondary schools. The study will parallel the third cycle of PISA study conducted by the OECD in over 40 countries. This international study can extend our knowledge on the effectiveness of Hong Kong basic education by establishing a timely, longitudinal, and multilevel database. The full project can provide direction for school reform and for students’ learning as well as insights into strengths and weaknesses. They also provide tools for central authorities to monitor achievement levels especially when administration is devolved and schools are being run in partnership with communities. (ED04383)


  • Programme for International Student Assessment 2003 in Hong Kong
  • HO Sui Chu, LO Nai Kwai Leslie, CHUNG Yue Ping Stephen, TSANG Wing Kwong, WONG Ka Ming Patrick (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction), LAM Chi Chung (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction), YIP Din Yan (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction), CHIU Ming Ming (Dept of Educational Psychology), CHUN Ka Wai Cecilia (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction), SZE Man Man Paul (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction), MAN Yee Fun Evelyn (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction)
    1 April 2002
    Education Department, Hong Kong SAR Government

    The programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a regular survey of 15-year olds assessing their preparedness for adult life. The OECD, with the objective to develop regular, reliable and policy relevant indicators on student achievement, launched the PISA programme in 1997. There are three cycles of the project: PISA 2000 focusing on reading literacy, PISA 2003 focusing on mathematical literacy and finally PISA 2006 focusing on scientific literacy. HKPISA 2000 is being successfully implemented in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. HKPISA 2003 constitutes the second cycle of the project, which is supported by The Chinese University of Hong Kong in preparing the field trial in 2002. The HKPISA 2003 study will be conducted in 2003-2006 in over forty countries. The purpose of the HKPISA 2003 study is to develop a longitudinal database for the study of several problems confronting 15-year old youths in Hong Kong secondary schools. The result of the study will extend our understanding of the cumulative yield of the education system for students who will nearly finish their basic compulsory education in Hong Kong. Moreover, the cross-cultural, multilevel and longitudinal design of the study will extend the literature on school effectiveness and will be useful to policy-makers, school administrators, teachers, parents and students. (ED01712)


  • Programme for International Student Assessment 2009 in Hong Kong
  • HO Sui Chu, CHUNG Yue Ping Stephen, TSANG Wing Kwong, MAN Yee Fun Evelyn (Curriculum & Instruction), CHUN Ka Wai Cecilia (Curriculum & Instruction), LAU Kit Ling (Curriculum & Instruction), NG Mau Yuen Eric (Curriculum & Instruction), YIP Din Yan (Curriculum & Instruction), CHEUNG Sin Pui (Curriculum & Instruction), KWONG Wai Leung (Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research), WONG Ka Ming Patrick*, WONG Ka Lok*, LO Nai Kwai Leslie, CHIU Ming Ming (Educational Psychology), HUNG Fan Sing (Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research)
    11 September 2007
    Education Bureau

    The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is developed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It aims at assessing how well students aged 15 near the end of compulsory education have acquired the knowledge and skills essential for participation in society. Operationally the literacy domains of reading, mathematics, and science are assessed. Background data are also collected using questionnaires. Based on the findings, educational indicators are developed to help governmental bodies and policy makers examine, evaluate, and monitor the effectiveness of the education system at both national and school levels. The study takes place every 3 years starting from 2000, with each of the literacy domains in turn to be the major domain and subjected to deeper investigation. PISA 2009 will have Reading as the major domain and reading of electronic text will also be assessed. The purpose of the PISA 2006 in Hong Kong is to continue the investigation of previous PISA cycles (2000, 2003 and 2006) and develop a longitudinal database for the study of several problems confronting the youth in Hong Kong secondary schools. The study will simultaneously carried out in about 60 countries or regions. This international study can extend our knowledge on the effectiveness of Hong Kong basic education by establishing a timely, longitudinal, and multilevel database. The full project can provide direction for school reform and for students earning as well as insights into strengths and weaknesses. They also provide tools for central authorities to monitor achievement levels especially when administration is devolved and schools are being run in partnership with communities. (ED07310)


  • Promoting the Mastery of Investigative Skills in Junior Secondary Science Students
  • YIP Din Yan CHEUNG Sin Pui
    15 March 2004
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The present junior science curriculum of Hong Kong emphasises the development of investigative skills through an inquiry-based approach. However, the practice in schools is counter to the achievement of this goal, as most practical activities are highly prescriptive and students are seldom provided with the opportunities to conduct independent and open-ended scientific investigations.
    The proposed study aims to improve the quality of science teaching and learning by developing a strategy that fosters the mastery of investigative skills in junior science students. It also aims to promote understanding of the nature of science, which is an essential element of scientific literacy. The study involves the use of historical episodes in science and a written task that help students develop understanding of the nature of science and the methods of scientific inquiry. Students are then guided to apply these ideas in investigative work. As students become more proficient and confident in carrying out investigations, they will perform more open-ended and independent investigations, including project work related to scientific investigation. The effects of the intervention will be assessed by a Pre-test/Post –test design, and by interviews and questionnaire surveys of teachers and students. (ED03429)



Research Publications


  • "Assessment of scientific literacy of Hong Kong students in PISA 2000". (co-authored with HO Sui Chu) Education Journal vol.31 no.1, pp.117-132. Hong Kong, 2004.08.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Electronic Resource)



  • "Evaluation of the Effects of Medium of Instruction on the Science Learning of Hong Kong Secondary Students: Performance on the Science Achievement Test". (co-authored with TSANG Wing Kwong and CHEUNG Sin Pui) Bilingual Research Journal vol.27 no.2, pp.295-331. United States of America: National Association for Bilingual Education, 2003.07.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical LC3701 .N33 v.27, 2003)



  • "Evaluation of the Effects of the Medium of Instruction on Science Learning of Hong Kong Secondary Students: Students’ Self-Concept in Science.". (co-authored with TSANG Wing Kwong) International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education Netherlands: Springer, 2006. 09.



  • "Hong Kong Student Achievement in OECD-PISA Study: Gender Differences in Science Content, Literacy Skills and Test Item Formats". (co-authored with CHIU Ming Ming and HO Sui Chu) International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education vol.2 no.1, pp.91-106. National Science Council, Taiwan, 2004.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical Q181.A1 I56 v.2, 2004)



  • "Hong Kong Student Achievement in OECD-PISA Study: Gender Differences in Science Content, Literacy Skills, and Test Items Formats". International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education vol.2 pp.91-106. National Science Council, Taiwan, 2004.05.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical Q181.A1 I56 v.2, 2004)



  • "How Science Teachers' Concerns about School-based Assessment of Practical Work Vary with Time: The Hong Kong Experience". (co-authored with CHEUNG Derek) Research in Science & Technological Education vol.22 no.2, pp.153-169. United Kingdom: Carfax Publishing, Taylor and Francis Ltd., 2004.
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical Q181.A1 R47 v.22-23, 2004-05)



  • "Science Teacher Education in Hong Kong". Journal of the Korean Association for Research in Science Education vol.22 no.5, pp.1044-1070. Seoul, Korea: Korean Association for Research in Science Education, 2002.12.



  • "Scientific Literacy of Hong Kong Students and Instructional Activities in Science Classrooms". (co-authored with CHEUNG Derek) Education Journal vol.32 no.2, pp.109-121. Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2004.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Electronic Resource)


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