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Learning and Teaching in Science


About This Course

The course aims to:
(i) provide essential knowledge and skills about learning and teaching in Science and,
(ii) enrich the knowledge and skills of both pre-service as well as in-service teachers with highlighted issues in theories and practices for learning and teaching on specific topics, such as air quality, astronomy, etc.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
1. explain scientific concepts with up-to-date information;
2. incorporate up-to-date science content into classroom teaching;
3. explain relevant pedagogical approaches in science teaching; and
4. apply pedagogical approaches with careful consideration for classroom use.

Target Audience

Pre-service and in-service teachers who are interested in enriching their knowledge and skills about learning and teaching in Science-related topics in Secondary and Primary schools.

Course team

Course leaders

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Dr LEE Hoi Man Sarah

BSc (CUHK), PCEd, MEd, PhD (HKU)

Dr Lee Hoi Man Sarah is the Senior Lecturer of the Department of Science and Environmental Studies, EdUHK. As a former secondary school teacher for 10 years, she has solid experience in teaching science in secondary schools and designing teaching materials for inside and outside classroom uses. In addition, she has been participating in various projects related to teaching and learning, such as STEM, science process skills, and misconceptions in Science learning. From her sound understanding of science education and the strong connections with local science teaches, she is well acquainted with the educational needs of local context.

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Dr CHEANG Chi Chiu

BBSc, MPhil, PhD (CUHK)

Dr. Cheang is an associate professor in the Education University of Hong Kong. He was trained to be an environmental ecologist, equipped with the molecular techniques. His research expertise includes the ecology, taxonomy, phylogenetic inference and phylogeographic studies of marine algae and invertebrate such as scleractinian corals and crustacean. He has expanded his research interest to various pedagogical theories and skills in the science and environmental educations, particularly on the experiential learning in the field-based, place-based and service-based pedagogies as well as the e-learning and blended learning approaches.

Course members

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Dr CHAN Chi Keung


Dr Chan served as teacher and subject coordinator in secondary schools for 10 years, research assistant and part-time lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and curriculum development officer at Education Bureau. His research interests include Conceptual Change, Curriculum Studies, Learning Theory, and Science Education. He teaches Science Education and Liberal Studies Education.

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Dr CHAN Man Ho

BSc (Physics), MPhil (Physics), MA (Christian Studies), PgDE (Physics Education), PhD (Physics) (CUHK), PhD (Philosophy) (HKBU)

Dr. Chan, Man Ho is an Associate Professor of the Department of Science and Environmental Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong. His research focusses on astrophysics, cosmology, philosophy of science, dialogue between science and religion, and STEM education. He has extensive experience in teachers training and popular science education. He is currently the Expert Advisor of the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion, a member of the International Astronomical Union and the academic consultant of the Hong Kong Astronomical Society.

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Mr CHAN Ping Man Paladin

BSc (Physics with Computing), MSc (Env. Manag.), PCEd (Physics)(HKU)

Mr Chan has been engaging in different aspects of environmental education ever since 1990s. He is also enthusiastic in using ICT to enhance teaching and learning experience in different curriculum areas, including environmental education and General Studies. Mr Chan teaches courses in Education for Sustainability, General Studies and Science, Technology and Society. His latest research interests include Education for Sustainability, Climate Change Education and STEM in Eduation.

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Dr Choi Tat Shing

BSc, MPhil, PhD (HKUST)

Dr. Choi is a lecturer of the Department of Science and Environmental Studies, EdUHK. He is a statistical physicist, who is interested in understanding how underlying microscopic roles cause macroscopic phenomena. He studied modeling of complex systems in reality. Using the analytical tools from statistical mechanics, he explored topics in various areas such as economics, transport systems and machine learning. He also tries to explore how new technologies or inventions can be used to enhance science education.

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Dr CHONG Yee Ling

BSc (Biotechnology) (UPM), MSc (Molecular Microbiology), PGD (Teaching & Learning) (UNIMAS), PhD (Biology) (Penn State)

Dr Chong is a lecturer at The Education University of Hong Kong. Her research interest is in animal disease ecology and conservation. She has led field surveys and sampling, laboratory studies, and using genetic data to investigate animals and their microbiomes and viral pathogens for ecological and health implications. Recently, she explored her research interest in theories and practices of education, particularly in science, environmental, and animal conservation.

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Dr Deng Wenjing


Dr Deng Wenjing is an Associate Professor, who has successfully established her research in Emerging Chemicals in the Environment especially in the Indoor Environment and Children Health. Dr Deng has secured some internal and external fundings including ECS, GRF, etc. Her past and ongoing research will make a tangible impact on the wellbeing of our society and protect public health, especially for children health. Dr Deng has produced more than 50 SCI publications in leading environmental journals (mostly A* or A). Her research gained international visibility in the field. Nevertheless, Dr Deng’s community service including participating in QTNC project and UGC joint teaching project, and promoting STEM education in primary and secondary schools will make a significant contribution to understanding the STEM education.

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Prof Ho Wing Kei Keith

BSc(Chemistry), PhD(Chemistry)(CUHK)

Prof. Ho Wing Kei, Keith (Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong) received his BSc and PhD in Chemistry from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was awarded post-doctoral fellowships in Hong Kong and Canada. He has wide research interests, including environmental remediation, nanotechnology, solar photocatalysis, air pollution control, indoor air quality and science/environmental education. He won the Early Career Award from the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong government, the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Research from EdUHK and the National Innovation Award in Aerosol Technology by the Chinese Society of Particuology for his research achievements.

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Dr Yeung Chi Ho

BSc (Physics and Mathematics), MPhil (Physics), PhD(Physics)

Dr YEUNG Chi Ho Bill joined the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) since 2013 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Environmental Studies. He has been worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and Aston University in the United Kingdom for 4 years. His major research interests include statistical physics, spin and disordered systems, transportation networks, optimization problems and routing, recommendation systems, complex and social networks, artificial intelligence, and STEM education.

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