WONG Ka Ming Patrick 黃家鳴

Research Projects


  • Enhancement of Students’ Mathematics Problem Solving Abilities by the Systematic Introduction of Variations
  • WONG Ngai Ying, LAM Chi Chung, LEUNG Shuk Kwan Susan#, MARTON Ference*, WONG Ka Ming Patrick, LEUNG Shuk Kwan Susan*
    1 August 2001
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    Hong Kong students, while found in international comparative studies to outperform their Western counterparts in computational problems, perform less brilliantly in non-conventional, non-routine mathematical problems. Research revealed that local students generally held narrow views about mathematics. To them, mathematics is a set of rules for computation, and solving mathematical problems is the search for appropriate routine procedures by identifying the problem type. In fact, students approaches to mathematical problems are greatly influenced by their views of mathematics, which are, in turn, largely shaped by their experiences in learning, task demands, and classroom environment. In our view, the most critical aspect of learning is the kind of classroom tasks given, because they define for the students what counts as learning and what mathematics is. This project, which involves eight Secondary One classes for one academic year, is an experimental attempt to enable students to deal with mathematical problems in more flexible manners, by way of widening their learning experience through the introduction of systematic variations of critical features of classroom examples and tasks. Participating teachers’ understanding of the theory and practice of more novel, open-ended mathematical problems will be developed. Tasks given to students will largely be drawn from a collective pool developed by these teachers. At the end of the project, students’ problem-solving abilities will be evaluated. Changes in the views of mathematics and of mathematics learning among participating teachers and students will also be investigated. Phenomenography offers a theoretical framework and a natural methodological means for this investigation. (ED01333)


  • 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)


  • OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA): The Hong Kong Trial Study of PISA 2003
  • HO Sui Chu, WONG Ka Ming Patrick (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction), LAM Chi Chung (Dept of Curriculum & Instruction)
    1 March 2002
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    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 projects: 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 by the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. PISA 2003 constitutes the second cycle of the project, which will be conducted in 2002-2004.
    The purpose of the HKPISA 2003 trial study is to continue the investigation of HKPISA2000 and develop a longitudinal database for the study of several problems confronting the youth in Hong Kong secondary schools. Specifically, the study attempts to investigate: (1) relationships between student performance (including reading literacy, mathematics literacy and science literacy) and school factors such as the quality of the school.s human and social resources, funding and decision making mechanisms; (2) differences in achievement patterns within countries; between schools as well as the extent to which schools influence the relationship between students. performance and the economic, social and cultural capital of their families.
    The study will parallel the second 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 instruction efforts and for students. learning as well as insights into curriculum strengths and weaknesses. They also provide tools for central authorities to monitor achievement levels especially when administration is developed 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 HKPISA2003. Following this pilot study, funds from QEF and RGC will be sought to the full study. (ED01768)


  • 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)



Research Publications


  • "Architectures of mathematics beliefs: Individual and school-level differences among Hong Kong Primary 6 students" (co-authored with CHIU Ming Ming, LAM Chi Chung, WONG Ka Ming Patrick, LEUNG Ks Frederick and MOK Ac Ida). Educational Research Journal vol.20 no.1, pp.27-55. Hong Kong, 2005.07.



  • "Mathematical Literacy of Hong Kong's 15-Year-Old Students in PISA.". CUHK Education Journal vol.32 no.1, pp.91-120. Hong Kong, Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, CUHK, 2005.03.07.



  • "How do Hong Kong Students Think about Mathematics" (co-authored with LAM Chi Chung, WONG Ka Ming Patrick, LEUNG Koon Shing and MOK Ah Chee). EduMath vol.16 pp.7-21. Hong Kong, 2003.06.



  • "How Do Hong Kong Students Think about the Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching" (co-authored with LAM Chi Chung, WONG Ka Ming Patrick, LEUNG Frederick Koon-shing and MOK Ida Ah-chee). EduMath vol.15 Hong Kong SAR, 2002.12.



  • <香港小學生的數學觀> (與黃毅英、林智中及羅浩源合著),《小學數學教師》 第172卷,中國上海, 2004.05,頁69-72。
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical QA135.5.H75 2004)



  • <香港教師數學觀的研究> (與合著韓繼偉、黃毅英、林智中及王倩婷), 《「香港數學教育會議-02」論文集》,香港:中文大學及香港數學教育學會,2002.06.25。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies QA14.H6 X57 2002)



  • 《姨媽姑爹論盡敎改》(與蔡寶瓊合編),香港:進一步多媒體有限公司,2002。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies LA1134.H6 Y49 2002 c.3; CC Reserve 4 hours LA1134.H6 Y49 2002 c.2; CC Reserve 1 day LA1134.H6 Y49 2002)


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