From Practice to Theory: The Pilot Study on Applied Learning

By Fung-yee NG and Howard Hon-poo SOU.

Published by The Learner Collection

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We start with three questions:
1. What is the most essential skill set of an effective citizen in the knowledge society?
2. What are the factors that facilitate the acquisition of the skill set?
3. How are the multiple interactions that are taking place at the learning environment affecting student learning?
To provide answers to the above research questions about student learning, a pilot study has been initiated by The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Education Bureau since 2003, taking the approach of developing theories and concepts from practice.
The piloting reflects that
1. the self-initiated inclination towards life-long learning and the ignition of enthusiasm are the most essential.
2. the most important factor is the provision of opportunities – opportunities for students to witness the changing needs of our world and how self-initiated learning contribute to success.
3. There could be different facets of consideration, from the perspectives of students’ profile, tutors’ profile, venues and course nature, etc. It is an area of research opportunities that we are exploring further.

Keywords: Applied Learning, Authentic Learning, Vocational/Career Education, Learning Style, Diverse Learning Opportunities, Curriculum Development

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 9, pp.123-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 664.855KB).

Dr. Fung-yee NG

Education Bureau, HKSARG, Hong Kong

Howard Hon-poo SOU

Education Bureau, HKSARG, Hong Kong

Mr. Howard Hon-poo SOU is currently the Chief Curriculum Development Officer (Applied Learning) of the Curriculum Development Institute, Education Bureau. Being the founding section head, Mr. SOU is responsible for directing the development of Applied Learning, from idea initiation, piloting, researching to conceptualisation to craft the blueprint for its implementation under the new academic structure in 2009. He also leads in partnering with different organisations and participants contributing to the introduction of the curriculum in the local context. He began his career in education as a secondary school teacher and then as a teacher educator before moving to curriculum development; he has led the development of curriculum in various domains such as the assessment of the Target Oriented Curriculum for primary school, the Art Education, Physical Education and Technology Education Key Learning Areas.

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