Seminar on Research for Teaching Enhancement

Date :

2018-09-27 (Thursday)

Time :

14:00 - 17:00

Venue :

Room 701, 7/F., VTC Tower


3 hours

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Category :

Generic Competencies - Analytical Thinking

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About the Event :

Research is a crucial element in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Effective teaching involves evidence-based practice that applies the outputs of research on learning and teaching to enhancing students' learning experiences. Instructors may undertake studies to collect data that will help improve the quality of teaching and student learning. Research in SoTL adopts qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, inside and outside the classroom.

This seminar will introduce the concept of SoTL, followed by approaches to conducting research for teaching enhancement. It will provide research essentials to enable participants to frame their research questions, design and implement their projects. Examples and case studies will be included to illustrate the usage of different methods in the context of research for teaching enhancement. 

Seminar Objectives:

  • Discuss the concept of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)in vocational education 
  • Explain the connection between research and learning and teaching for enhancing teaching effectiveness 
  • Develop participants' skills of framing questions for research on learning and teaching 
  • Put forward issues of consideration in selecting appropriate methods for conducting studies inside and outside of the classroom to enhance learning and teaching  
  • Illustrate different research designs and implementation for teaching enhancement 

Facilitator(s) :

Professor Catherine Chiu

Professor Catherine Chiu is a sociologist with a wealth of experience in teaching and learning in tertiary education. She was with City University of Hong Kong (CityU) between 1989 and 2011, serving as Associate Head of Department of Asian and International Studies from 2006 to 2009, and as Associate Dean (Undergraduate Curriculum) of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) from 2008 to 2011. She joined Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) in 2011 and served as Head of the Department of General Education until 2014. Currently, she consults with tertiary education institutions on quality assurance matters, engages in internal validation and re-validation exercises and conducts research and professional development workshops.

Chiu received her PhD in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her works, based on qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research were published in international refereed journals, such as Cities, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Habitat International, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Organization Studies, and Sociological Spectrum. She also published a book titled Small Family Business in Hong Kong: Accumulation and Accommodation (1998, Young Scholars Dissertation Awards Series, The Chinese University Press). 

Target Audience :

All VTC Staff

Enquiry :

Ms LUK Wing Yin, Fiona
Project Officer
Tel: 2919-1559

Resources :

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