Quasi-Experimental Research into the Effects of an International Collaboration Project on Hong Kong Secondary School Students’ Learning Motivation

By Patrick Hak-Chung Lam.

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The aim of international collaboration programme (ICP) with the use of Web 2.0 technologies including Knowledge Forum, Slide, Wiki, Google Documents and some others is to raise learning motivation of a group of students in Hong Kong. Learning motivation is assessed in this 6-month quasi-experimental research study. The ICP includes international collaboration project work amongst 40 Grade 8 students of Hong Kong and Barcelona. Learning motivation is compared between the experimental group and the control group in Hong Kong, with the use of Collaborative Inquiry-based Project Questionnaire (Chow and Law, 2005). The control group includes 20 randomly selected students while the intervention group contains 20 ICP participating students. Focus group interviews with programme students and teacher are also conducted. Secondary data collection includes a collection of students’ online reflective journals. Findings, implications and recommendations are further discussed in the last section of the paper.

Keywords: Learning Motivation, International Collaboration, Quasi-Experimental Research, Web 2.0 Technologies

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp.325-338. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.315MB).

Patrick Hak-Chung Lam

Principal, Shatin Tsung Tsin School, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Patrick Hak-Chung Lam is the Principal of Shatin Tsung Tsin School, Hong Kong with a BA degree (Hong Kong Baptist University in 1993) and Postgraduate Dip in Education with distinction (The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1999) and Master of Science (IT in Education) (The University of Hong Kong in 2009). He had been a researcher at the School of Education of the University of Auckland in New Zealand and has been involved in international knowledge building project with The University of Toronto and The University of Hong Kong for 4 years. He is also a teacher trainer in Hong Kong, the Mainland China and Barcelona. His research interests are complexity leadership, international knowledge building and pedagogical innovation.


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