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Support Programme for Service-Learning Action Research 2018-2020

Background

Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education Institutions (the Project) is a UGC-funded project. It adopts a multifaceted approach that fills in the gaps and builds up capacity in Service-Learning (SL) in Hong Kong Universities. The collaborating institutions include Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Lingnan University (LU), The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

 

To promote an evidence-based, critically reflective approach to teaching, the Project introduces Support Programme for Service-Learning Action Research (Support Programme) in which faculty members at the collaborating institutions conduct action research that will lead to improvements in their SL subjects. Financial, advisory and research supports together with workshops and seminars on methodologies are provided for the approved project awardees. 

 

Awarded Research Projects

A total of 12 action research projects have been awarded after two rounds of applications. Approved projects are related to one of the following themes:

1. Impact of SL elements to students’ academic learning

2. Community impact of SL courses

3. Sustainable partnership with community partners

4. Impact of cross-institutional/cross-disciplinary SL collaboration

 

The action research consists of two cycles of the course. Cycle one had been completed. In this first cycle, researchers collected and analysed data to address the research questions and the findings should help to formulate an improvement action plan. In the second cycle, the improvement actions are implemented and the effectiveness of the new practices are examined. The second cycle will be completed by August 2020. Here is the list of the approved action researches.

 
Project Title Awardee Project Summary Project Status
Students’ Learning in Clinical Diagnosis and Medical Ethics in Traditional Chinese Medicine Orthopaedics Courses:
the Role of Service-Learning                              
Dr. TU Feng
Principal Lecturer
Department of Chinese Medicine
Hong Kong Baptist University
This action research is to explore the effectiveness of the Service-Learning (SL) activities in helping students to develop Orthopaedic skills and medical ethics. In Progress
The Self-efficacy of Catering SEN Pupils: The Impact of Service-based Learning Courses in Higher Education Mr. BONG Ngan Wing Adam
Lecturer
Department of Social Sciences
The Education University of Hong Kong
This study investigates the participants’ self-efficacy in catering the educational needs of SEN pupils, the impact of service-based learning in higher education in Hong Kong and compares the self-confidence and knowledge in special education between Finland and Hong Kong. In Progress
Co-curricular service-learning and community development: Impacts and improvements Dr. XU Hui Xuan
Assistant Professor
Curriculum & Instruction
The Education University of Hong Kong
This study applies action research to co-curricular SL courses and investigates the impacts on primary school children whose learning activities are conducted by course participants. Suspended
Using the Readiness Assurance Process (RAP) as a learning outcome to facilitate students’ learning for RS2S02: Inter-professional Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Services in Hong Kong Ms. Jessica RAUSZEN
Clinical Associate
Rehabilitation Sciences Department
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
This study is to evaluate the impact of teaching, as part of the action research, on the students’ self-perceived efficacy, not only during learning in the class and through the client service, but in a long-term follow-up for physiotherapy students as they go through clinical placements. In Progress
Thinking Styles and Student Engagement: Insights on Service-learning Pedagogical Design Dr. LAU Hin Chung
Teaching Fellow
Department of Biomedical Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
This study aims to examine the role of students’ thinking styles on course engagement of service-learners. In Progress
From working for others to working with others: An examination of the development of transformative partnerships in a cross-institutional service-learning project

Ms. LEUNG Ka Wai
Lecturer I
Curriculum & Instruction
The Education University of Hong Kong

Dr. XU Hui Xuan
Assistant Professor
Curriculum & Instruction
The Education University of Hong Kong

Ms. LEUNG Hiu Mann
Lecturer II
Language Centre
Hong Kong Baptist University

The study explores the extent of a SL partnership involving two universities and one youth development centre in Hong Kong is developed from transactional partnership to transformational partnership over the period of two years. In Progress
Learning of empathy development in a Facial Animation course with Service-Learning Dr. LEE Kai Wah Kelvin
Senior Lecturer
Academy of Film
Hong Kong Baptist University
The study utilizes the pre- and post-questionnaires, focus group interviews, observation and students’ assessment information to measure students’ changes in empathy at different times of the SL course. Suspended
An Exploratory Study of Students’ Motivation in a Biology Service-Learning course

Dr. YUE, Patrick Ying Kit (PI)
Lecturer I
Department of Biology
Hong Kong Baptist University

Miss Jennifer GU (Co-I)
Assistant Librarian
Information Service Section
Hong Kong Baptist University

An action research is proposed in this study to explore the impact of SL on students’ motivation, and its relationship with academic attainment and skill development in a Biology SL course. In Progress

Impact of e-Learning Module on Students’ Understanding of Service-Learning and Development of Graduate Attributes and Generic Competences

Dr. YUE Kin Man, Kevin
Associate Professor & Associate Director
School of Chinese Medicine -
Teaching and Research Division
Hong Kong Baptist University
The instructor adopts a two-group pre- and post-test design to study the effectiveness of the e-learning module in preparing students for the service activities in the course and its impacts on students’ development of graduate attributes and generic competences. In Progress
A study for investing the student’s learning outcomes through an Inter-institutional Course Connection with Service-Learning elements

Dr. SIU Yan Ho
Lecturer
Department of Chinese
Lingnan University

Dr. ZHANG Qing Ling
Principal lecturer
School of Chinese Medicine -
Teaching  and Research Division
Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr. YUE Kin Man, Kevin
Associate Professor & Associate Director
School of Chinese Medicine -
Teaching  and Research Division
Hong Kong Baptist University

This study aims at investigating the student’s learning outcomes through the inter-institutional SL project and develop an interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning model through an action research approach. In Progress
Investigating Service-Learning Impacts on University Students’ Learning Outcomes through Control Group Study Ms. CHAN Wing Fung, Chad
Senior Project Officer
Office of Service-Learning
Lingnan University
A mixed method approach is adopted in this action research for investigating the differences in students’ learning outcomes between the control group (non-SL students) and experimental group (SL students), and the factors affecting students’ learning. In Progress
Investigating the impacts of intergenerational collaboration on Service-Learning projects Prof. Jonathan FONG
Assistant Professor
Science Unit
Lingnan University
This study investigates the impacts of intergenerational SL on students and elders, with the enhancement through an action research approach. In Progress

 

Action Research Retreat – First Cycle Results

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 An Action Research Retreat was organized on May 30, 2019 to disseminate the first cycle results of the action research projects. In the retreat, the project holders of the action research projects shared their experience and initial results and findings.  The four mentors: Prof. Atara Sivan (Head and Professor, EDUC, HKBU), Dr. KP Kwan (Professorial Project Fellow, OSL, PolyU), Prof. Robin Snell (Professor, MGT, LU), Dr. Xu Hui Xuan (Assistant Professor, C&I, EdUHK) provided valuable feedback and advice for future implementation of the action research projects.

 

The retreat aims at (1) sharing ideas and experience of conducting action research in service-learning courses and, (2) discovering the ways how action research works to enhance teaching and learning quality in service-learning.

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We will organize a symposium for the project holders to share their second cycle results and experience. Stay tuned!

 

Contact us

 

Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-Learning
Tel: 3411 7347
Email: cbsladmin@hkbu.edu.hk