On-going Research &
Educational Projects

We have conducted research on several aspects of child development. During the past few years, our research focus has shifted from social psychology of children (i.e. suicide, delinquency, and depression), to self-concept and achievement motivation, to creativity and gifted education. Recent research topics include early childhood education, language education, physical education, integrative education, whole person education and moral development.

Identity Crisis in Hong Kong University Students: A Study of the Psychological Problems in the Search for National Identity
Funded by Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2016
Ma, H. K., & Xu, Z. X.
The project aims to explore the real identity problems that our adolescents are facing in this complicated political environment. The findings may cast some light on the education of our next generation. This study investigates intensively the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral aspects of identity development and proposes to integrate these different aspects with four identity statuses including Achievement, Foreclosure, Moratorium and Diffusion, into a single theoretical model. A new instrument National Identity Interview will be constructed to test the proposed theoretical model. The respondents’ perception of parental, peer, and teacher influences on the adolescents' search for national identity will also be investigated. Findings of this study will provide insight into the thinking, feeling, and behavior of adolescents in different identity statuses in the search of national identity.
Whole Person Development of Children: An Integrated Approach to Moral and Emotion Education in Kindergarten.
Funded by Quality Education Fund, 2014
Ma, H. K.

The project aims to foster an all-round development of kindergarten children with special emphasis on moral and emotional development through constructing a comprehensive teaching package and guiding teachers in using the material. Teachers' knowledge and skills in conducting whole person education in pre-primary education will be enhanced through teacher training seminars as well as class observations and evaluation sessions while parents’ awareness of the importance of moral and emotion education in early childhood will be increased through parent seminars.


 
 
Completed Research &
Educational Projects

How Human Relationship Affects Moral Decision in Hypothetical Dilemmas?
Funded by Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2015
Ma, H. K., & Xu, Z. X.
Talent for Leadership Through Loving & Concerned Service: A Leadership Development Programme for the Gifted
Funded by Quality Education Fund, via Maryknoll Fathers’ School, Primary Section, 2013
Lau, S., Tong, T., & Au, A.
Career Decision Making Self-Efficacy: The Role of Creativity and Hope in University Students
Funded by Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2013
Lau, S., Tong, T., Li, W. L., & Shum, M.
Creativity Education from the Start: Strategies in Nurturing Kindergarten Children's Creativity
Funded by Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2012
Lau, S., Tong, T., Au, A., & Poon, J.
A School-based Inquiry Learning and Teaching Training Program for Kindergarten Teachers
Funded by Quality Education Fund, 2012
Lau, S., Tong, T., Li, W. L., & Yuen, S. Y.
A Study of Hope: The Role of Creativity and Humor in Children and Adolescents
Funded by Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2011
Lau, S., Tong, T., Li, W. L., & Shum, M.
Evaluation Study of the Use of Storytelling Services in Building Parents’ Confidence in Story-telling, Children’s Creativity and Confidence, and Parent-Child Relationship
Funded by Hans Andersen Club Limited, 2011
Lau, S., Tong, T., Au, A., & Ma, M.
A Study of the Psychological Adjustment of Creative Children
Funded by Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2010
Lau, S., Tong, T., Li, W. L., & Poon, J.