CHENG Pui Wan 鄭佩芸

Research Projects


  • Handwriting and Learning to Read Chinese: Psychology and Pedagogy
  • SHIU Ling Po, CHENG Pui Wan
    1 November 2004
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    Copying a character by hand many times is a traditional and presumably effective way of learning to read Chinese. However, the effectiveness of this method and the psychological process and mechanism involved have not been scrutinized by modern scientific methods. Instead, most research in the last few decades focused on the phonological aspects of the learning process. Our proposed studies are an entirely new attempt to address these questions by two approaches. Firstly, we adopt a pedagogical approach to evaluate the effectiveness of copying by hand in a school context. Primary schools in Hong Kong vary in the way reading is taught. Some use copying without any phonics instruction. Some teach Pinyin, a phonetic script for Chinese, together with some or little copying. Thus, they provide a natural setting for us to assess the value of copying as a learning activity, and its long-term impact on students' reading achievement. Secondly, we adopt an experimental approach to investigate the psychological process and mechanism involved in copying by hand. Specifically, we will test three hypotheses: (1) copying produces a motor representation of the character to facilitate retrieval and recognition; (2) copying produces a unitized orthographic representation of the character; and (3) copying is a strategy to tackle new characters (i.e., a “word-attack” strategy). The results of our proposed studies should have important implications for both theories of reading acquisition and teaching of reading. (CU04121)


  • 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


  • "Teaching Hong Kong Teachers to Teach Students with Specific Learning Difficulties." (co-authored with LUK Sau Ha; CHIU Lai Yi Elsa and CHAN Ching King) F.O.C.U.S. Conference: Unleashing Potential: Helping Youth Cope with Learning and Attention Disorders, Hong Kong SAR, Feb 2008



  • Educational and Emotional Needs of Gifted and Talented Students in Hong Kong. (co-authored with David W. Chan; CHEUNG Ping Chung; and YEUNG Pik Wah Patricia) Final Research Report submitted to Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. Hong Kong SAR, 2001


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