The project aims to observe the usage, preferences, and information-seeking motivation of social media as news source among Hong Kong students age 12 to 18, assess their critical news literacy in four areas (Authors and Audiences, Messages and Meaning, Representation and Reality, and Media Locus of Control), examine the relationships between reading news on social media and critical evaluation of local news of current news, and inform policy makers specific needs of news literacy education for Hong Kong students.
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.
The project aims to understand the evolutionary origins of human relationships through testing the theory of the dual processes of cognition in dealing with human relationship conflicts which involve kinship, reciprocal altruism, and normative altruism. The findings will reveal the complicated pattern of moral judgment and decision, and its relation with human relationships.
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.