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Mathematical Problem Solving through Digital Making: Envisioning a Computationally Enhanced Mathematics Curriculum in Hong Kong’s Primary and Secondary Schools

Principal Investigator (2021-present). This study builds on the PI’s previously developed conception of “learning as Making” to envision a computationally enhanced mathematics curriculum. It will inform the “big picture” of how using computers might fundamentally change mathematics learning, with an emphasis on mathematical problem solving (and more generally, STEM education). Funded by the Research Grants … Continue reading Mathematical Problem Solving through Digital Making: Envisioning a Computationally Enhanced Mathematics Curriculum in Hong Kong’s Primary and Secondary Schools

The Effects of Implementing a ‘Learning as Making’ Pedagogy on School Mathematics Learning: Primary Students’ Inquiry-based Making with 3D Printing Pens

Principal Investigator. (2019-Present). This design-based research explores the effect of a ‘learning as Making’ pedagogy in mathematics education through designing and implementing a series of teaching experiments in Hong Kong primary schools. Funded by Research Grant Council (Hong Kong), Early Career Scheme ($499,381 HKD) Publications: Ng, O., & Tsang, W. K. (in press). Constructionist learning … Continue reading The Effects of Implementing a ‘Learning as Making’ Pedagogy on School Mathematics Learning: Primary Students’ Inquiry-based Making with 3D Printing Pens

Innovating the Mathematics Curriculum in Times of Change: Towards Local and Global Relevance

Co-Investigator. (2019-Present). This Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) project is comprised of researchers on five continents, who will work with curriculum experts and disciplinary specialists in mathematics, climate science and indigenous knowledge, in order to develop new courses, or adapt existing ones, in seven Universities. (PI: Dr. Alf Coles). Funded by the WUN Research Development Fund … Continue reading Innovating the Mathematics Curriculum in Times of Change: Towards Local and Global Relevance

Research Projects

An Exploratory Study of Primary Students’ Mathematical Problem Solving Processes during Digital Making Activities

Principal Investigator (2020-present). This study aims to explore students’ problem-solving processes, mathematical thinking, and any CT- and mathematics-related challenges that emerge during problem-based dM activities. Funded by Chinese University of Hong Kong Direct Grant ($39,300 HKD).  Publication: Ng, O., Cui, Z. (in press). Examining primary students’ mathematical problem-solving in a programming context: Toward a computationally … Continue reading An Exploratory Study of Primary Students’ Mathematical Problem Solving Processes during Digital Making Activities

Using Video-based Noticing to Develop Pre-Service Teachers’ STEM Conception and Self-Efficacy of Teaching STEM in a Teacher Education Course

Principal Investigator (2018-present). This study explores the impact of teachers’ video-based noticing on what pre-service teachers find significant, the interpretations and pedagogical considerations they make in the teaching of STEM, their STEM conception, and self-efficacy of teaching STEM. Funded by Chinese University of Hong Kong Direct Grant ($80,000 HKD). Research Output: Ng, O., & Ferrara, … Continue reading Using Video-based Noticing to Develop Pre-Service Teachers’ STEM Conception and Self-Efficacy of Teaching STEM in a Teacher Education Course

Using Emergent Technologies to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of STEM in Hong Kong’s Secondary schools

Principal Investigator (2016–2018). The purpose of this research is identify the growth of teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge and the development of students’ mathematical thinking as they are influenced by emergent technologies. (Co-I: Dr. To Chan) Funded by Chinese University of Hong Kong Direct Grant ($40,000 HKD). Research Output: Ng, O., & Chan, T. (2018). Learning as … Continue reading Using Emergent Technologies to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of STEM in Hong Kong’s Secondary schools

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Other Projects

Teachers’ Noticing as an Action Research Method: A Flipped Classroom Approach for Enhancing Video-based Noticing in Teacher Education

Project Supervisor (2017-2018). The aims of this project are to support the university’s eLearning strategy, by promoting an innovative instant commenting feature to practice active learning in and out-of-class. The topics covered in the micro-modules are meant to improve students’ noticing ability in their current and future professional practice as educators—an important learning outcome across … Continue reading Teachers’ Noticing as an Action Research Method: A Flipped Classroom Approach for Enhancing Video-based Noticing in Teacher Education

Developing Active Learning Pedagogies and Mobile Applications in STEM University Education

Collaborator (2017-present). This UGC  Teaching and Learning (T&L) project aims to explore and develop active learning pedagogies to increase student engagement in STEM education, as well as to construct valid, rigorous and quantitative methods to evaluate active learning on student learning outcome in STEM education. (Project leader: Dr. Fridolin Ting) Funded by University Grant Committee of … Continue reading Developing Active Learning Pedagogies and Mobile Applications in STEM University Education