FOK Ping Kwan 霍秉坤

Research Projects

  • Grooming of Talents for Curriculum Policy-Making: Constructing Curriculum Forum as Professional Communicative Sphere

  • FOK Ping Kwan
    2 May 2007
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    This research aims to investigate factors for grooming of political talents in educational advisory committees and explore the possibility of setting principles for exploiting talents. As Hong Kong is an authoritarian political system that governed through gaining opinions from various stakeholders in the society. Government assures that collecting opinions through consultation should be carried out as thoroughly, sincerely and genuinely as possible, when making any public policy. Yet, there is a claim to put talents or professionals in the core of consultations. It is obvious that government tries to stress its role in creating channel for the grooming of political talents.
    Educational reform is a wave all over the world. There has been a great deal of public concern about the reforms in Hong Kong. This study aims to address the significance of collecting opinions from professional / academics in educational policymaking, which is fundamental and crucial as it is an issue that aroused interest of the public. This project will focus on attempting to groom educational talents for policymaking by setting up professional communicative sphere. Firstly, various documents and literatures relating to consultative committees of Hong Kong education will be critically reviewed. Then, with the concepts of public sphere, communication action theory, agency theory and elitist theory applying to educational and curriculum advisory bodies, a new theoretical framework for interpreting the collection and analysis of opinions will provide new lights on the features of advisory committees. Finally, practical suggestions for government action on re-structuring the advisory committees for educational policymaking will be made. (ED06730)

  • Provision Services for Conducting the “Study on the Curriculum Reform 2008”

  • FOK Ping Kwan, LO Nai Kwai Leslie (Educational Administration & Policy), WONG Hin Wah (Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research), CHAN To, CHU Ka Wing, HA Sau Ching Amy (Sports Science & Physical Education), HAU Kit Tai (Educational Psychology), LAU Kit Ling, Edith Lai, LEUNG Yat Ming (Ctr for University & School Partnership), NG Pun Hon, TANG Kwok Chun*, TANG Lai Yiu Eunice, WONG So Lan*, XU Huixuan (Office of University General Education)
    6 June 2008
    Education Bureau

    The study aims at exploring the views of stakeholders concerning the curriculum reform in the past few years, with three specific objectives (Education Bureau, 2008, pp.1-2):
    1. In the report entitled Learning to Learn: The Way Forward in Curriculum Development, 2001, the Curriculum order to inform the way forward for curriculum reform for 2012 and beyond. As the baseline snapshot at the beginning of the medium-term phase of the reform, the information collected would provide the basis for tracking the development of the curriculum reform in basic education (Primary 1- Secondary 3) and the impact on students in medium-term phase;
    2. In the 2005 report entitled The New Academic Structure for Senior Secondary Education and Higher Education: Action Plan for Investing in the Future of Hong Kong, the blueprint for a new academic structure which comprises a 3-year school curriculum at senior secondary level and a 4-year undergraduate programme at university, and the road map for introducing the new academic structure were laid out. The Study is to solicit views from secondary school heads/deputy heads, middle managers and teachers on curriculum planning and preparation as they migrate towards the New Senior Secondary (NSS) curriculum, as well as to collect baseline data from students for evaluating the impact of the NSS. The information collected would also help the Bureau to identify and address critical issues and concerns as we approach the launch of the NSS curriculum in 2009; and
    3. The information collected from students will form baseline data for evaluation of the impact of the medium-term curriculum reform in basic education and the NSS curriculum on students. (ED07400)

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