Research Projects

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

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

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

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

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

Teacher Interventions in Engaging Students with Dialogic Discourse for Rich Learning Opportunity in Mathematics Classrooms

Co-Investigator (2016–2019). This research investigates the effect of a teacher intervention program in engaging students with rich classroom discourse and rich learning opportunities in Hong Kong primary mathematics classrooms. (PI: Dr. Ni Yujing; Co-Is: Dr. Jinfa Cai, Dr. Alan Cheung, and Dr. Gaowei Chen) Funded by Research Grant Council of Hong Kong General Research Fund ($736,500 HKD) … Continue reading Teacher Interventions in Engaging Students with Dialogic Discourse for Rich Learning Opportunity in Mathematics Classrooms

3D Printing Technology: New Ways of Teaching, New Modes of Learning

Principal Investigator (May- August 2016). The goal of this project is explore the affordances of a 3D drawing (printing) environment in the learning of school mathematics, upon which to provide some speculations of how this may help to open new curriculum possibilities in mathematics. Funded by Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-doctoral … Continue reading 3D Printing Technology: New Ways of Teaching, New Modes of Learning

Using Dynamic Geometry to Enhance the Learning of Calculus

Principal Investigator (2014-2016). The goal of project is to examine how a dynamic, touchscreen environment may influence calculus thinking and support communication for students with diverse linguistic backgrounds. Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship ($40,000 CAD). Funding awarded for a full-time doctoral research (Oi-Lam Ng) at Simon … Continue reading Using Dynamic Geometry to Enhance the Learning of Calculus