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  • Educational Research Journal

Educational Research Journal

Published for the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, CUHK

English, Chinese

229 x 152 mm ISBN / ISSN : 1560-8263

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The Educational Research Journal is the official publication of the Hong Kong Educational Research Association. Published by the HKIER twice a year, it accepts original contributions on areas of research in education, particularly articles concerning empirical studies, theoretical research, methodological innovations, topical reviews of research, and evaluation of education programmes and policies. The journal emphasizes the promotion of educational research findings of relevance to Hong Kong and other Chinese societies.

Editor 主編

Barley S. Y. Mak
Associate Editor 副編

Shek-kam Tse
Editorial Committee 編輯委員

Taehee Choi
Paula Y. K. Kwan
Executive Editor 執行編輯

Wai-kit Fung
Editorial Coordinator 編輯助理

Cherry Mui
Consulting Editors 顧問編輯

Philip G. Altbach
      Boston College
Kai-ming Cheng
      The University of Hong Kong
Yin-cheong Cheng
      Hong Kong Institute of Education
Kwok-cheung Cheung
      University of Macau
Yue-ping Chung
      The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Charles C. Healy
      University of California, Los Angeles
John D. Krumboltz
      Stanford University
Sing Lau
      The Hong Kong Baptist University
Che-kan Leong
      University of Saskatchewan
Frederick Koon-shing Leung
      The University of Hong Kong
Robert A. LeVine
      Harvard University
Leslie N. K. Lo
      The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Mark L. Savickas
      Northeastern Ohio Universities, College of Medicine
Ralf Schwarzer
      Freie Universität Berlin

Notes for Contributors
All papers considered appropriate for this journal are reviewed anonymously by at least two outside reviewers. Manuscripts will be evaluated on the basis of style as well as content. Journal policy prohibits an author from simultaneously submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more journals.

Submission of Manuscript

Three copies of the manuscript in English or Chinese should be submitted to the following address. Electronic submission via e-mail (hkier-journal@cuhk.edu.hk) is acceptable.

Editor, Educational Research Journal
Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research
Room 204, Ho Tim Building
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, N.T.
Hong Kong SAR, China

Preparation of Manuscript

In preparing manuscripts for publication in the ERJ, authors should follow the style and format of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010) [For Chinese style guide, please click here].To ensure rapid and efficient processing of their submissions, authors are advised to adhere to the following guidelines.

Title Page — Authors should submit a separate cover sheet including the title of the manuscript, full name of author(s), institutional affiliation(s), running head, and full mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Abstract page — An abstract of not more than 200 words should be included. For Chinese articles, the author is requested to submit an English abstract and an English title. After the abstract, three key words or phrases should be included.

Main text — Manuscripts should be in A4 double-spaced typescript. The length of English manuscripts should not be more than 7,000 words and that of Chinese manuscripts should not be more than 10,000 characters.

Tables and Figures — Tables and figures should be typed on separate sheets. The appropriate position of tables (and figures) should be indicated in the manuscript. All figures must be camera-ready, suitable for reproduction. Figures will not normally be redrawn by the publisher.

Copyright — Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must transfer copyright to the Hong Kong Educational Research Association. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, and for obtaining permission from copyright owners if they use illustrations or lengthy quotes that have been published elsewhere.

Electronic submission — Electronic submission is acceptable. Upon acceptance of manuscripts for publication, authors may submit the final manuscript via email (hkier-journal@cuhk.edu.hk).

Vol.29, No.1-2, Summer-Winter 2014



Barley S. Y. MAK


Geometric Thinking Levels of Pre- and In-service Mathematics Teachers at Various Stages of Their Education


Moderating Effect of Mindfulness on Daily Hassles-Stress Relationship

Johnny LEUNG & Joseph WU

Different Ways That Preschool Teachers Taught Children to Write Chinese Characters in Hong Kong Classrooms

Ho-cheong LAM

Urban High School Physical Education: A Synthesis of the Literature in Academic Journals (2003–2013)


Perceptions of Hong Kong Physical Education Teachers on Teaching Games for Understanding: Implications for Continuing Professional Development

Amy S. HA, Lijuan WANG, & John COLLINS



Vol.28, No.1-2, Summer-Winter 2013

Special Issue: Education and Sustainability

Guest Editors: Christopher A. SINK & Mike BOTTERY


Introduction to the Special Issue on Education and Sustainability

Christopher A. SINK & Mike BOTTERY

Sustainable Educational Leadership

Improving Sustainability: What Can Education Learn From Other Complex Systems?


Unleashing Sustainable Leadership in Schools: The Paradox of Distributed Leadership


Sustainable Educational Practices Literacy

K–3 School-Wide Reading Model to Improve Literacy Outcomes for Latino English Learners

Jorge PRECIADO, Erin A. CHAPARRO, Jean Louise M. SMITH, & Hank FIEN

The Importance of School Library Programs for Increased Academic Achievement and Sustainable Education in the United States

Cynthia STRONG

School-based Counseling

Sustaining Professional School Counseling Through Viable Accountability Practices

Christopher A. SINK & Lauren D. MOORE

Sustaining Education Through Enhanced Collaboration Between Teachers and School Counselors

Suzannah V. CALVERY & Jung H. HYUN

Personal-Social Issues

Socially Intelligent Intercultural Education


Teaching Solitude: Sustainability and the Self, Community and Nature While Alone

Julian STERN

Vol.27, No.1-2, Summer-Winter 2012



Barley S. Y. Mak


Defining the Boundaries for Neuroeducation as a Field of Study


Equitable Educational Provision for Hong Kong’s Ethnic Minority Students: Issues and Priorities


Framework Governing the Teaching of Introductory Accounting: A Survey of Acceptability at Hong Kong Universities

Theodore T. Y. CHEN

The Process and Factors Shaping the New Senior Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Decision Making in Hong Kong

King-hong CHOI, Chi-chung LAM & Ngai-ying WONG





Vol.26, No.2, Winter 2011



Barley S. Y. Mak


Barley S. Y. MAK


Hidden School Disengagement and Its Relationship to Youth Risk Behaviors in Hong Kong

Wai-Ming TAM

Teachers’ Competency in Assessment for Learning in Early Childhood Education in Hong Kong

Nicholas Sun-Keung PANG & Zoe Lai-Mei LEUNG

Typology of Physical Education Teachers — In the Context of Hong Kong Primary Schools

Raymond Kim-Wai SUM





Vol.26, No.1, Summer 2011



Barley S. Y. Mak

Energizing the ESL Professional Learning Community in Guangdong and Cross-border Fertilization: The In-service Programme for Guangdong English Teachers 2011

Barley S. Y. MAK


Language Learning Strategy of Hong Kong Putonghua Learners

Yin-Bing LEUNG & Anna Na-Na HUI

Hierarchical Linear Models: Applications in Educational Assessment Research


Professional Development Enablers in Practitioner Networks

Yim-Ping LEE & Albert KANG

Student Loan Policies in Korea: Evolution, Opportunities and Challenges

Hee Kyung HONG & Jae-Eun CHAE



Vol.25, No.2, Winter 2010


Teacher Burnout Revisited: Introducing Positive Intervention Approaches Based on Gratitude and Forgiveness

David W. CHAN


Using School Evaluation Policy to Effect Curriculum Change? A Reflection on the SSE and ESR Exercise in Hong Kong

Shirley Sze-Yin YEUNG

Competition — A Double-Edged Sword in Educational Change in Mainland China

Li-Fang TANG, Chi-Chung LAM, & Yun-Peng MA

School-Based Physical Education Programs and Obesity in the United States: Trends, Rationalizations, and Perspectives of Change

Furong XU, Jepkorir Rose CHEPYATOR-THOMSON, & Brian CULP

Validation of the Trichotomous Framework of Achievement Goals for Omani Students




Vol.25, No.1, Summer 2010


Talent Development From a Positive Psychology Perspective

David W. CHAN


What Are the Chances of Success for My Project? And, What If It Was Already Done? Using Meta-Analyzed Effect Sizes to Inform Project Decision-Making

Kay-Cheng SOH

Towards Understanding Epistemological Assumptions of History Teacher Educators: My Experience With Phenomenological Enquiry

Tebeje MOLLA

Effects of a Professional Development Programme on Teacher Receptivity and Curriculum Change in Hong Kong Physical Education

Amy Sau-Ching HA, Raymond Kim-Wai SUM, Mary O’SULLIVAN, Bonnie On-Hei PANG, & Daniel Wan-Ka CHAN

The Impacts of Acculturation Strategies and Social Support on the Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Mainland Chinese Students in Hong Kong

Yi LIAN & Kwok-Kuen TSANG




岳曉東、郝霞、Giovanna GOLDMAN

Vol.24, No.2, Winter 2009


From Looking Back to Looking Forward: Introducing Part Two of the Special Issue on 25 Years of Educational Research

David W. CHAN

Hong Kong Educational Research in the Past 25 Years

Science Education in Hong Kong: Opportunities for Research and Development

Winnie Wing-Mui SO & May May-Hung CHENG

Chinese Language Education in Hong Kong: Twenty Five Years of Educational Research in Hong Kong

Shek-Kam TSE

School Civic Education Since 1980s: A Brief Review of the Literature in Hong Kong

Yan-Wing LEUNG & Timothy Wai-Wa YUEN

Research on Special Topics

Moral Development and Moral Education: An Integrated Approach

Hing-Keung MA

Characteristics of East Asian Learners: What We Learned From PISA

Esther Sui-Chu HO

Vol.24, No.1, Summer 2009


The 25-Year Odyssey of Educational Research in Hong Kong: Introducing the Special Issue

David W. CHAN

Hong Kong Educational Research in the Past 25 Years

A Review of Research in English Language Education in Hong Kong in the Past 25 Years: Reflections and the Way Forward

Anita Y. K. POON

Research in Mathematics Education in the Past Twenty-Five Years in Hong Kong

Ngai-Ying WONG, Allen Yuk-Lun LEUNG, Kwok-Chun TANG, & Wing-Sum CHAN

A Critical Review of Hong Kong Schools’ Physical Education — 1984–2009

Amy S. HA & Lijuan WANG

The Landscape of Curriculum Studies in Hong Kong From 1980–2008: A Review

John Chi-Kin LEE

Twenty-Five Years of Gifted Education Research in Hong Kong 1984–2008: What Lessons Have We Learned?

David W. CHAN, Lai-Kwan CHAN, & Yongjun ZHAO

Research on Special Topics

The Development of the Learning Study Approach in Classroom Research in Hong Kong

Mun-Ling LO

Vol.23, No.2, Winter 2008


Gratitude Interventions: Beyond Stress Debriefing and Survivor Therapy in the Aftermath of the Sichuan Earthquake

David W. CHAN


Review on the Development of Design Education in Hong Kong: The Need to Nurture the Problem Finding Capability of Design Students

Kin-Wai Michael SIU

Teaching Linear Algebra: Conceptual and Procedural Learning in Linear Transformation

Yasin SOYLU & Ahmet IŞIK

Creative Organizational Climate of Schools, General Self-Efficacy, Creativity Self-Efficacy, and Cultural Efficacy of Teachers

Xinfa YI, Shushan CAI, Herbert SCHEITHAUER, Ralf SCHWARZER, Liang LUO, Silin HUANG, & Guang CHEN







Vol.23, No.1, Summer 2008


Perfectionism and the Striving for Excellence

David W. CHAN


Project Work and Life Skills: Psychometric Properties of the Life Effectiveness Questionnaire for Project Work

Chee-Keng John WANG, James T. NEILL, Woon-Chia LIU, Oon-Seng TAN, Caroline KOH, & Jessie EE

On Struggles and Resistance: English-medium Education as Intrinsically “Good”

Tat-Heung CHOI

Learning Experience and Possibilities: A Study on Two Primary 4 Chinese Language Lessons in Hong Kong

Pakey Pui-Man CHIK & Ulla RUNESSON

Investigating the Language Learning Attitudes of Postsecondary Students Towards the Usage of Computer-mediated Communication in the Language Classroom

Paul C. H. LIP





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