Conducting educational action research for professional development

Date :

2023-02-17 (Friday)

Time :

14:30 - 16:30

Venue :

Online - Microsoft Teams


2 hours

Medium of Instruction :

Cantonese with English Materials

Category :

Education Research

Level :


Mode of Study :


About the Event :

It is often thought that research is the work of academics only. That is not necessarily the case. Action research is a form of professional development. It can be a small-scale endeavour, a collaboration with another colleague, or a large-scale project involving a team of teachers with the funded support of researchers from the academia or education bureaus. In this webinar, Dr. Becky Kwan will lead the participants to explore what action research encompasses, paying special attention to the generic phases of work involved and some of the methods that can be applied in each phase. Illustrations will be drawn from projects in different fields, such as English, Computer Science and Hospitality.

Facilitator(s) :

Dr. Becky Kwan

Dr. Becky Kwan currently works as Associate Professor in the Department of English at the City University of Hong Kong where she teaches on a variety of Applied English Studies subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr. Kwan's research interests fall in the areas of academic discourse, genre analysis, and scholarly writing. She is experienced in conducting pedagogy-related action research to inform the design and instruction in a number of courses. For example, in tackling common problems many novice writers display regarding uncritical engagement with the literature in thesis writing as well as writing for publication purposes, she started a series of studies that investigated literature reviewing and challenges it poses. She also advises students on conducting action research. Effectiveness of the courses and workshops can be evidenced in students' output and their course evaluation. Seminars based on the experience gained in the courses were delivered to postgraduate students and writing teachers outside of the university.

Objectives :

The webinar aims to show participants the value of action research in education and how they might practice it as part of their teaching practices for professional development.

Target Audience :

VTC Teaching and Instructing Staff interested in action research

Enquiry :

Mr LAM Yuk Pun, Stephen
Project Officer
Tel: 2919-1412

Resources :

Training Materials