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Postgraduate Diploma in Education Programme
 
Code Course Title Unit
PGDE 5001 & PGDE 5101 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Chinese Language) 4
PGDE 5002 & PGDE 5102 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: English) 4
PGDE 5003 & PGDE 5103 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Chinese History) 4
PGDE 5004 & PGDE 5104 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: History) 4
PGDE 5005 & PGDE 5105 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Geography) 4
PGDE 5006 & PGDE 5106 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Economics) 4
PGDE 5008 & PGDE 5108 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Mathematics) 4
PGDE 5009 & PGDE 5109 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Physics) 4
PGDE 5010 & PGDE 5110 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Chemistry) 4
PGDE 5011 & PGDE 5111 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Biology) 4
PGDE 5014 & PGDE 5114 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Music) 4
PGDE 5015 & PGDE 5115 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Religious Studies) 4
PGDE 5018 & PGDE 5118 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Physical Education) 4
PGDE 5019 & PGDE 5119 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Putonghua) 4
PGDE 5020 & PGDE 5120 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Liberal Studies) 4
PGDE 5021 & PGDE 5121 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major:Visual Arts) 4
PGDE 5022 & PGDE 5122 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Information & Communication     Technology) 4
PGDE 5023 & PGDE 5123 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Business, Accounting & Financial     Studies) 4
PGDE 5031 & PGDE 5131 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor:  Visual Arts) 2
PGDE 5132 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor:  Liberal Studies – Self and Personal     Development) 2
PGDE 5133 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Liberal Studies – Society and     Culture) 2
PGDE 5134 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Liberal Studies – Science,     Technology and Environment) 2
PGDE 5035 & PGDE 5135 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Information & Communication     Technology) 2
PGDE 5036 & PGDE 5136 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Business, Accounting & Financial     Studies) 2
PGDE 5043 & PGDE 5143 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Chinese History) 2
PGDE 5044 & PGDE 5144 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: History) 2
PGDE 5045 & PGDE 5145 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Geography) 2
PGDE 5046 & PGDE 5146 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Economics) 2
PGDE 5048 & PGDE 5148 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Mathematics) 2
PGDE 5049 & PGDE 5149 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Physics) 2
PGDE 5050 & PGDE 5150 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Chemistry) 2
PGDE 5051 & PGDE 5151 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Biology) 2
PGDE 5054 & PGDE 5154 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Music) 2
PGDE 5055 & PGDE 5155 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Religious Studies) 2
PGDE 5157 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Integrated Science) 2
PGDE 5058 & PGDE 5158 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Physical Education) 2
PGDE 5059 & PGDE 5159 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Putonghua) 2
PGDE 5162 Extra-Curricular Activities 2
PGDE 5164 Principles of Curriculum Design 2
PGDE 5168 I.T. in Education: Foundations 2
PGDE 5169 I.T. in Education: Integration into Teaching & Learning 2
PGDE 5170 Curriculum Evaluation: From Assessment to Self-evaluation 2
PGDE 5191 Individual Project: Curriculum & Teaching Method 2
PGDE 5206 Environmental Education 2
PGDE 5211 Structure and Process of Schooling 2
PGDE 5213 Educational Policy & Practice in Hong Kong 2
PGDE 5221 Education Reform in Chinese Societies 2
PGDE 5222 Values and Moral Education 2
PGDE 5224 Citizenship Education 2
PGDE 5225 HK Education from a Cultural Perspective 2
PGDE 5226 Teacher Development and Leadership 2
PGDE 5227 Understanding and Handling At-risk Students in School 2
PGDE 5229 Liberal Studies in the Knowledge Society 2
PGDE 5230 Media Literacy and Media Education 2
PGDE 5291 Individual Project: Society, Institution and Organization 2
PGDE 5311 Psychology of Learning and Teaching 2
PGDE 5312 Adolescent Development 2
PGDE 5313 Guidance and Counselling in Secondary Schools 2
PGDE 5314 Understanding and Developing Achievement Tests in Secondary Schools 2
PGDE 5315 Classroom Management and Discipline in Secondary Schools 2
PGDE 5316 Supporting Secondary School Students with Special Educational Needs 2
PGDE 5317 Motivation and Individual Differences 2
PGDE 5318 Sex Education in Secondary Schools 2
PGDE 5319 Personal Growth of Teachers 2
PGDE 5391 Individual Project: Psychology and Counselling 2
 
Course Description
In course code sequence
 
Micro-Teaching
  Micro-teaching is a part of the SCT (major) courses. It is a systematic scale-down training method in teaching, and is usually conducted in groups. The characteristics are:
(1)  Time is short (usually taking about 5 minutes in training one specific teaching skill);
(2)  Number of students is small (about 3-5 students as “simulated pupils”);
(3)  Teaching skills can be trained and practised individually, e.g. motivation, questioning, closure, body language... The training is recorded, then played back for analysis. The trainee-teacher reteaches the same skill until it is mastered. Method of training depends on the instructor’s teaching principle.
 

PGDE 5001 & 5101  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Chinese Language)

  This course is designed to equip the students with essential techniques and knowledge in the teaching of Chinese Language. It will focus on the following topics:
( 1 )  Objectives of Chinese Language teaching;
( 2 )  Preparation of teaching material;
( 3 )  Lesson planning;
( 4 )  Teaching tools;
( 5 )  Teaching methods;
( 6 )  Evaluation;
( 7 )  Extra-curricular activities.
 

PGDE 5002 & 5102  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: English)

 

This course seeks to equip teachers of English Language with the skills necessary for future self-development in the face of changing theories of language and language teaching/learning by offering a foundation in both areas, together with practical experience of classroom teaching, action research, self evaluation and the design, implementation and evaluation of the language curriculum.  The following topics are also covered:
( 1 )  The teaching of grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing;
( 2 )  Preparing students for public examinations;
( 3 )  Student motivation, cooperative learning and the roles of spoken and written discourse in the language learning process;
( 4 )  Planning the language learning process and units within it;
( 5 )  The needs of remedial and ‘mixed ability’ language learners.

 

PGDE 5003 & 5103  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Chinese History)

 

PGDE 5004 & 5104  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: History)

 

This course will first examine the value of learning history and then go on to discuss the objectives of teaching the subject in secondary schools.  It will also explore areas including:
( 1 )  The suitability of the existing curriculum and curriculum design;
( 2 )  Effective teaching methods;
( 3 )  The use of teaching aids;
( 4 )  The planning of backing activities;
( 5 )  Examination and evaluation methods.  The course consists of lecture seminars, excursions and simulated teaching sessions.  Emphasis will be put on assisting students in developing practical and feasible solutions to meet educational objectives.

 

PGDE 5005 & 5105  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Geography)

 

This course aims at helping teachers to understand more deeply the trends of geographical education and different kinds of curriculum design in geography, to learn how to adopt a student-centred approach and to use appropriate teaching strategies.  The course content includes:
( 1 )  Trends in geography and geographical education;
( 2 )  The secondary and matriculation curricula in Hong Kong;
( 3 )  Teaching strategies in- and out-of-the-classroom;
( 4 )  Use of teaching aids and other teaching materials;
( 5 )  Methods of student evaluation.

 

PGDE 5006 & 5106  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Economics)

 

This course is designed for local secondary economics teachers.  It aims at helping teachers to teach this subject effectively.  Throughout the course particular attention is given to recent developments in the following areas:
( 1 )  The objectives of economics education;
( 2 )  Curriculum design & evaluation;
( 3 )  Instructional methods;
( 4 )  The design and production of audio-visual materials; and
( 5 )  The assessment of economics understanding.

 

PGDE 5008 & 5108  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Mathematics)

 

This course is designed for mathematics teachers in secondary schools. It covers the following areas:
( 1 )  Mathematics education past and present;
( 2 )  Aims of mathematics education;
( 3 )  Evolution of the mathematics curricula;
( 4 )  Instructional theories applied to mathematics teaching;
( 5 )  Psychological basis of mathematics learning;
( 6 )  Models of mathematics teaching: discovery learning, inquiry method, individualized learning, problem solving and the use of games;
( 7 )  Preparation of mathematics lessons and classroom techniques through micro-teaching;
( 8 )  Use of information and communication technology in mathematics teaching;
( 9 )  Diagnosis of learning and evaluation of instruction;
( 10 )  Professional development of mathematics teachers.

 

PGDE 5009 & 5109  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Physics)

 

This course is concerned with the knowledge of existing curriculum, teaching methods and instructional effect.  A variety of teaching approach will be used, including lecturing on special topics, class activities and class discussion. Topics include:
( 1 )  Curriculum - the development, objective content and practical work of physics curriculum in Hong Kong and overseas;
( 2 )  Method and effect - feedback from students, cognitive development, experiment and demonstration, lecture and discussion, assessment of learning, special project, individual counselling, etc.

 

PGDE 5010 & 5110  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Chemistry)

 

This course provides basic skills and knowledge of teaching chemistry in secondary schools.  The content includes:
( 1 )  Aims and purposes;
( 2 )  Psychology of student behaviour;
( 3 )  Curriculum;
( 4 )  Teaching methods;
( 5 )  Use of teaching equipment;
( 6 )  Lesson planning;
( 7 )  Testing and evaluation;
( 8 )  Classroom and laboratory management.

 

PGDE 5011 & 5111   Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Biology)

 

To examine the development and implementation of biology curricula in Hong Kong as well as in overseas countries (e.g. BSCS in the U.S. and the Nuffield Biology project in the U.K.); to formulate instructional goals and objectives for secondary school biology educational; and to devise instructional plans to achieve such goals.  These plans include the use of classroom, lectures, laboratory experiments and outdoor field-trips.  Contents include:
( 1 )  Role of Biology in secondary education and its relationship with science education;
( 2 )  Development and treatment of the biology curriculum;
( 3 )  Treatment of special topics in biology education.

 

PGDE 5014 & 5114  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Music)

 

This course focuses on the following topics:
( 1 )  Objectives and the theory of music education;
( 2 )  Psychology of student behaviour and classroom management;
( 3 )  Curriculum design;
( 4 )  Teaching method;
( 5 )  Music teacher preparation;
( 6 )  Equipment for music classes;
( 7 )  Music education and social behaviour;
( 8 )  Seminar on teaching material, examinations, etc.

 

PGDE 5015 & 5115  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Religious Studies)

 

This course includes the following topics:
( 1 )  The present situation of religious education in schools in Hong Kong;
( 2 )  Issues facing church schools today;
( 3 )  Justification of religious education as a school subject;
( 4 )  How can educational religious education be possible?
( 5 )  Theory of curriculum development;
( 6 )  Critique on teaching materials

 

PGDE 5018 & 5118  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Physical Education)

 

This course will focus on the following topics:
( 1 )  Analysis of learners and the learning-teaching process for teaching movement and sports skills. 
( 2 )  Diagnose of local students’ characteristics and content selection in physical education programme. 
( 3 )  Analysis of current physical education curriculum models and designs. 
( 4 )  Reflection of teaching in physical education. 
( 5 )  Future development of physical education teaching and curriculum.

 

PGDE 5019 & 5119  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Putonghua)

 

This course aims at equipping students with basic skill and knowledge in teaching Putonghua.  The following topics are included:
( 1 )  The phonetics of Putonghua;
( 2 )  Teaching methods and lesson planning;
( 3 )  Correction of speech errors in Putonghua.  Speaking Putonghua is a prerequisite.

 

PGDE 5020 & 5120  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Liberal Studies)

 

This course consists of two parts:
( 1 )  Curriculum and Teaching in Liberal Studies and
( 2 )  Seminars on Liberal Studies Teaching.

Curriculum and Teaching: This part examines the curriculum design, teaching strategies and curriculum implementation of Liberal Studies, and covers the following:  
( i ) Theories of curriculum integration;
( ii ) The past experience and the future development of the Liberal Studies curriculum in Hong Kong;
( iii ) Issue-based learning;
( iv ) The cultivation of high-order thinking;
( v ) Development of teaching materials;
( vi ) Classroom interaction and learning evaluation;
( vii ) Textended learning and independent enquiry study;
( viii ) Pedagogical methodologies (teaching designs, microteaching and practical teaching).
 
Seminars on Liberal Studies Teaching: Under professional supervision, student-teachers will examine and cope with the question of how to use multiple perspectives in turning “content knowledge” of topics from the two areas of study into “pedagogical content knowledge” that fits the classroom situations.  
 

PGDE 5021 & 5121  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Visual Arts)

 

This course will focus on the following topics:
( 1 )  Multiple Intelligences and development of arts education;
( 2 )  Comparative study on the curriculum and development of art / visual arts education;
( 3 )  Creative education and visual culture;
( 4 )  Integration of arts education;
( 5 )  Finance and equipment;
( 6 )  Pedagogy of visual arts and classroom management;
( 7 )  Art criticism and assessment;
( 8 )  Teaching visual arts of multi-media and application of I.T.;
( 9 )  Extra-curricular activities and public art.

 

PGDE 5022 & 5122  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Information &
Communication Technology)

  This course provides basic teaching skills and pedagogical knowledge of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) subjects in secondary education. It includes
( 1 )  The development of the curricula in Hong Kong, the aims, objectives, learning activities and assessments;
( 2 )  Instructional plans, teaching methods, classroom and laboratory management;
( 3 )  Treatment of selected topics in the ICT curriculum in the senior secondary education.
 

PGDE 5023 & 5123  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Major: Business,
Accounting & Financial Studies)

 

This course has been designed for Hong Kong secondary school teachers who teach the subject Principles of Accounts and Business, Accounting and Financial Studies. The course includes the following contents related to the subject:

  • 1.  The development and objectives of commercial education in Hong Kong secondary schools
  • 2.  The curriculum and teaching methods
  • 3.  Activities and assessment
  • 4.  Seminars on special topics
 

PGDE 5031 & 5131  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Visual Arts)

  See PGDE 5021 & 5121 for course description
 

PGDE 5132  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Liberal Studies –Self and Personal Development)

  With reference to the proposed Liberal Studies curriculum (New Senior Secondary Curriculum), this course is designed to provide opportunities for participants to acquire a basic understanding of the relationship between issue-based teaching and multidisciplinary learning, covering the following aspects: development of Liberal Studies curriculum in Hong Kong, strategies for issue-based learning, development of teaching materials, classroom interaction and pedagogical methodologies, independent enquiry study, and assessment in Liberal Studies. Participants taking this course will be induced into an inquiry into the pedagogical knowledge in self and personal development, regarding how students at secondary schooling would learn the two themes of (i) self-understanding and (ii) interpersonal relationships in actualizing the ideals of Liberal Studies. For enrolment into this course, priority will be given to students who have taken undergraduate courses in Psychology, Philosophy and Social Work.
 
PGDE 5133 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Liberal Studies – Society and Culture)
  With reference to the proposed Liberal Studies curriculum (New Senior Secondary Curriculum), this course is designed to provide opportunities for participants to acquire a basic understanding of the relationship between issue-based teaching and multidisciplinary learning, covering the following aspects: development of Liberal Studies curriculum in Hong Kong, strategies for issue-based learning, development of teaching materials, classroom interaction and pedagogical methodologies, independent enquiry study, and assessment in Liberal Studies. Participants taking this course will explore the relevant issues in the “Hong Kong Today”, “Modern China”, and “Globalization” together, and reflect the contradictions and values which have been embedded in the issues. For enrolment into this course, priority will be given to students with relevant Majors/Minors in Humanities and Social Science in their undergraduate studies.
 
PGDE 5134 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Liberal Studies – Science, Technology and the Environment)
  With reference to the proposed Liberal Studies curriculum (New Senior Secondary Curriculum), this course is designed to provide opportunities for participants to acquire a basic understanding of the relationship between issue-based teaching and multidisciplinary learning, covering the following aspects: development of Liberal Studies curriculum in Hong Kong, strategies for issue-based learning, development of teaching materials, classroom interaction and pedagogical methodologies, and assessment in Liberal Studies. Participants taking this course will explore specifically issues related to (i) Public Health and (ii) the Environment and Energy by evaluating the issues from different perspectives and making informed decisions. For enrolment into this course, priority will be given to students with Majors/Minors in Sciences in their undergraduate studies.
 
PGDE 5035 & 5135 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Information & Communication Technology)
  See PGDE 5022 & 5122 for course description
 
PGDE 5036 & 5136 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Business, Accounting & Financial Studies)
  See PGDE 5023 & 5123 for course description
 
PGDE 5043 & 5143 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Chinese History)
  See PGDE 5003 & 5103 for course description
 
PGDE 5044 & 5144 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: History)
  See PGDE 5004 & 5104 for course description
 
PGDE 5045 & 5145 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Geography)
  See PGDE 5005 & 5105 for course description
 
PGDE 5046 & 5146 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Economics)
  See PGDE 5006 & 5106 for course description
 
PGDE 5048 & 5148 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Mathematics)
  See PGDE 5008 & 5108 for course description
 
PGDE 5049 & 5149 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Physics)
 

See PGDE 5009 & 5109 for course description

 

PGDE 5050 & 5150  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Chemistry)

 

See PGDE 5010 & 5110 for course description

 

PGDE 5051 & 5151  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Biology)

 

See PGDE 5011 & 5111 for course description

 

PGDE 5054 & 5154  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Music)

 

See PGDE 5014 & 5114 for course description

 
PGDE 5055 & 5155 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Religious Studies)
  See PGDE 5015 & 5115 for course description
 
PGDE 5157 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Integrated Science)
  This course examines the theoretical foundation of the teaching of Integrated Science, exercises the experimental discovery teaching approach and synthesizes different instructional strategies in teaching science. The course covers:
( 1 )  Meaning and purpose of Integration;
( 2 )  Basic theory of science teaching;
( 3 )  Choosing or designing worksheet & assignment;
( 4 )  Laboratory safety and laboratory management;
( 5 )  Trying out experiments in selected topics;
( 6 )  Resources & home made equipment;
( 7 )  Mixed ability teaching;
( 8 )  Relation and bridging between Integrated Science and each of the following subject: Physics, Chemistry and Biology in CE level.
 
PGDE 5058 & 5158 Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Physical Education)
  See PGDE 5018 & 5118 for course description
 

PGDE 5059 & 5159  Subject Curriculum and Teaching (Minor: Putonghua)

 

See PGDE 5019 & 5119 for course description

 
PGDE 5162  Extra-Curricular Activities
  This course aims at enabling participants to appreciate the meaning and functions of extra-curricular activities in schools. Participants will review the development and the current condition of extra-curricular activities in Hong Kong secondary schools. They will also be initiated into the knowledge and skills of organizing extra-curricular activities in secondary schools. It is anticipated that participants will be able to integrate learning in this course into their practice to help their pupils grow.
 
PGDE 5164  Principles of Curriculum Design
  This course aims at introducing the key concepts and techniques of curriculum development which involves designing, implementing and evaluating a curriculum. In order to help student teachers understand the present curriculum development situation in Hong Kong and identify ways of improving it, current issues in curriculum development in secondary schools will be discussed.
 
PGDE 5168  I.T. in Education: Foundations
  This course provides the foundations for IT in education and enables teachers to apply technologies aptly in the education process. For the practical side, emphasis will be put on multimedia courseware development and educational web pages design with the Education Department’s requirement on IT competency (Intermediate Level) also covered. Topics include:
( 1 )  Background Concepts and Theories on IT in Education
( 2 )  Learning with Software: Appropriation, Pedagogy and Practice
( 3 )  Educational Use of Common Software
( 4 )  Introduction to Multimedia Courseware Development
( 5 )  Educational Web-site Development.
 
PGDE 5169  I.T. in Education: Integration into Teaching & Learning
  This course aims to enable participants to be competent integrators of IT in teaching and learning. While the government’s designated Upper Intermediate Level in IT Competency will be critically addressed, participants are expected to become change agents in their schools for the integration of IT to enhance teaching and learning quality. Topics include:
( 1 )  Concepts, Technologies and Learning
( 2 )  Multimedia Courseware Development
( 3 )  Web-based Teaching and Learning
( 4 )  On IT Competency: Social and Ethical Issues
( 5 )  Strategies and Models of Integrating IT in Teaching and Learning.
 
PGDE 5170  Curriculum Evaluation: From Assessment to Self-evaluation
  Assessment of student learning and evaluation of the quality of school curriculum are two interrelated professional responsibilities of every teacher. This course aims to facilitate pre-service or in-service teachers to improve instruction through better assessment of students and evaluation of their curricula. Topics include:
( 1 )  The concept of school curriculum evaluation;
( 2 )  Assessment for learning;
( 3 )  The use of alternative assessments in project learning;
( 4 )  Frameworks for facilitating teacher self-evaluation;
( 5 )  Criteria for evaluating the quality of school-based curricula, the CDC curriculum guides, educational computer software, and textbooks;
( 6 )  Ways to evaluate the implemented curriculum.
 
PGDE 5191  Individual Project: Curriculum and Teaching Method
  This course aims to train students in writing research papers. Students are required to do research projects on approved topics individually or in small groups under the supervision of a lecturer. (For part-time students only, and with permission of the Faculty)
 
PGDE 5206  Environmental Education
  This course will focus on the following topics:
( 1 )  Concepts and issues in designing environmental education programmes: the aims and nature of environmental education; the content of environmental education; the formal and informal curriculum; cross-curricular approach versus separate subjects.
( 2 )  Teaching environmental education: from experiential learning to conceptual understanding; case studies; teaching controversial topics: teaching environmental values.
( 3 )  Co-ordination and evaluation of environmental education in schools.
( 4 )  Support and resources for environmental education.
( 5 )  Status, problems and possibilities of environmental education.
( 6 )  Teachers’ perceptions of environmental education and children’s ideas on environmental issues.
 
PGDE 5211  Structure and Process of Schooling
  Schooling is an integral part of modern society. As active participants and contributors of this modern institution, teachers should have a thorough understanding of their roles in school organization and process of schooling. This course is designed to facilitate understanding of school organization and the nature of this process. It explores the nature of school organization and important dimensions of the schooling process from different perspectives:
( 1 )  At classroom level, in the form of teacher-student interaction;
( 2 )  At organizational level, in the form of school structure and culture;
( 3 )  At societal level, in the form of socializing and stratifying mechanism;
( 4 )  At cultural level, in the form of selection and transmission of knowledge.
 
PGDE 5213  Educational Policy & Practice in Hong Kong
  This course aims to help perspective teachers to gain an understanding of the Hong Kong education system in relation to their occupational well being and working environment. It is designed to provide perspective teachers with analytical tools to comprehend and review educational policies and their implementation. Educational issues and policies in Hong Kong will be analyzed from an international-comparative perspective and a local concern for efficiency and equity. With a brief historical background, the empirical analysis of policies will begin with the 1982 Llewellyn Report and then extend to other educational policy papers and reports. Topics for analysis may include:
( 1 )  The school system and the curriculum;
( 2 )  Allocation, selection and examination;
( 3 )  Technical and vocational education;
( 4 )  Quality in school,
( 5 )  Gender and class differentials in education;
( 6 )  Teacher education and qualification.
 
PGDE 5221  Education Reform in Chinese Societies
  This course employs comparative approaches to analyze educational changes among Chinese societies. An emphasis is placed on the investigation of major reform issues in the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan, and includes reference to the developmental experiences of Macau. These issues are also of major interest to educational reformers in Hong Kong. The course will include the following topics:
( 1 )  The pursuit of quality education;
( 2 )  Curriculum reform and curriculum integration;
( 3 )  Reform in teaching and teacher professionalism;
( 4 )  Decentralization and school-based management;
( 5 )  The expansion of higher education. By drawing insights from the reforms within and across societal contexts, the course aims to discern implications for the general reform movement as well as teaching and learning in Hong Kong.
 
PGDE 5222  Values and Moral Education
  This course aims to help teachers to reflect on their own values and on the ways they teach values, especially moral values, in school. Among other important considerations, students are asked whether teachers should teach their own values in the classroom, and whether this is indeed inevitable. Through focusing on education as a means to nurture human qualities to promote personal and social well-being, the course examines a range of values such as truth, beauty, morality and sageness as embodied in “whole-person education”. The course holds that education is unavoidably values laden and that moral values form an important core of the purpose of schools. During the course students will discuss the nature of morality and a number of important approaches to moral education, and then compare these to other types of values education. Students will also be asked to reflect upon how they understand their own personal and professional development in relation to values and moral education and how to enact their various roles in the school.
 
PGDE 5224  Citizenship Education
  This course aims to explicate the philosophical, historical, social, psychological and pedagogical foundations of citizenship education, particularly in the five key domains of democracy, human rights, rule of law, nation-state and globalization. It also serves to illuminate the limitations and possibilities associated with the Hong Kong context. The topics likely to be covered in the course are
1 )  Basic political concepts related to citizenship;
2 )  Different approaches to citizenship education;
3 )  An examination of policy and orientation in Hong Kong school education in the light of a historical-comparative perspective;
4 )  Citizenship in the formal curriculum;
5 )  Citizenship in the informal curriculum.
 
PGDE 5225  HK Education from a Cultural Perspective
  Education cannot be fully understood unless it is considered within the cultural context within which it operates. This course aims to assist student-teachers to understand the cultural context of Hong Kong education and to analyse educational practice and problems from a cultural perspective. It will guide inquiry into the meanings the concepts of “culture” and “education” as well as the complex relationship between them. Students will investigate Confucian humanistic spirit and its educational goal of cultivating ideal personality in the Chinese tradition. They will also address the cultural orientations which Hong Kong has inherited from Western Culture. These include the priority of knowledge and science, freedom, equality, pragmatism and individualism. While investigating different cultures students will identify and discuss how culture has influenced and continues to influence education in Hong Kong. The course also explores and helps students critique current influential subcultures and ways they can respond to these, especially within a context of increasing globalization
 
PGDE 5226  Teachers Development and Leadership
  Teachers are expected to play an increasingly important role in the education reform process. Shifting expectations require teachers to have a firm understanding of how schools operate and how reforms affect their roles both in and outside of the classroom. To effectively reshape their work in line with growing expectations teachers must commit to career long professional development and consider strategies for maximizing their effectiveness, especially in terms of learning and teaching. This course is designed to help teachers to understand and shape their roles in a reform environment. In other words it aims to help teachers to become leaders of their own professionalism. It does this in two ways, first it helps teachers understand life in schools undergoing reform and the effect this can have on their professional life. Topics covered in this area include organizational culture, micropolitics, organizational behaviour and teacher leadership. The second thrust aims to nurture teacher awareness of their own professional growth and how they can maximize the latest opportunities available in this area. Topics covered in this area include models of teacher development, stages of professional development, mentorship and internship, teacher appraisal and teacher professionalism.
 
PGDE 5227  Understanding and Handling At-risk Students in School
  The increasingly diversified student population in schools has contributed to a rising number of violent incidents and misbehaviors in schools. These have created considerable stress for teachers and administrators. This course is designed to help learners to understand the symptoms as well as the social causes of school violence and behaviors of at-risk students; and to develop whole school strategies for handling them. The course encompasses a series of authentic and virtual cases that reflect different types of student disciplinary and severe behavioral problems that occur within the school. Learners will be challenged to handle or resolve these cases from a multi-disciplinary approach and in ways that maintain inclusive and productive learning environments. Topics covered in the course include family background, the youth subculture, power relations between teachers and students, conflict management, crisis management, legal and ethical issues and community building.
 
PGDE 5229  Liberal Studies in the Knowledge Society
  This course aims to familiarize current and future teachers with the theory and practice of liberal education in the twenty-first century. The course is designed for practitioners and is built around the effective implementation of Liberal Studies in Hong Kong secondary schools. Liberal Studies will be considered quite broadly and will discuss related teaching models such as, issue inquiry, project learning, critical thinking and literacy, information literacy, and value clarification. Students will explore ideas designed to cultivate liberated minds in an information age and encourage reflection on how new knowledge forms, such as digital knowledge stored and disseminated through computer-mediated media, may effect the practices of education in general and liberal studies in particular. The course will also investigate how the introduction of liberal studies in Hong Kong influences the social ecology of schools, pedagogical practice of classroom and teacher professional identity.
 
PGDE 5230  Media Literacy and Media Education
  Nowadays people are bombarded with information from various sources of mass media. Mass media is also closely related to an array of social phenomena like popular culture, fashion, youth problems, consumer society, political mobilization, globalization, and so on. These topics also attract young people because of their relevance to their daily lives. Mass media plays an important role in contemporary societies and they are both subject and means of education. Governments and educators around the world have increasingly paid attention to media education and media literacy. Locally, these efforts have also materialised into various curricular initiatives and a number of media education projects. To address the growing needs in this area, the course aims to equip learners with basic ideas about media literacy, informational and digital literacy, informational and media education. This is particularly relevant to teachers in subjects like General Studies, Liberal Studies and language learning, as well as whose working in citizenship, moral, and values education.
 
PGDE 5291  Individual Project: Society, Institution and Organization
  This course aims to train students in writing research papers. Students are required to do research projects on approved topics individually or in small groups under the supervision of a lecturer. (For part-time students only, and with permission of the Faculty.)
 
PGDE 5311  Psychology of Learning and Teaching
  This course attempts to introduce psychological theories pertinent to the teaching of adolescents in secondary schools. With an emphasis on the application of theories in practice, the following topics are explored: behavioral and cognitive theories of learning, memory and information processing, learning transfer, motivation, instructional objectives, and effective learning environment.
 
PGDE 5312  Adolescent Development
  This course aims to explore the context, the nature and the dynamics of adolescent development. In the first place, the roles of family, school and community in adolescent development will be highlighted. Secondly, teen subcultures will be examined as a key to understand the psychological needs of adolescents. The core of the course lies in two related aspects:
( 1 )  The theoretical understanding of adolescent development in the social, emotional, intellectual, moral and aesthetic domains,
( 2 )  The practical realization of adolescent development in our school contexts. Current issues of major concern (e.g. talent development and various kinds of psychological disturbances) will also be discussed.
 
PGDE 5313  Guidance and Counselling in Secondary Schools
  This course intends to provide for secondary school teachers an overview of the basic concepts of school guidance and counselling and their applications in the secondary school setting. Topics include: social and psychological perspectives and the need for school guidance and counselling, basic principles of guidance, goals and objectives of school guidance and counselling, qualification, roles and function of professional counsellor and guidance teacher, basic theories of counselling, individual and group counselling, career development facilitation, consultation, self-enhancement and sex education. In addition, the whole school approach, the therapeutic conditions and the counselling process are also introduced.
 
PGDE 5314  Understanding and Developing Achievement Tests in Secondary Schools
  This course is designed to provide in-service or prospective school teachers with measurement theory and techniques for assessing educational achievements in school. Topics include
( 1 )  Basic concepts and principles of educational measurement and assessment,
( 2 )  Procedures for construction and appraisal of objective-type and constructive-type test items,
( 3 )  Use of standard achievement,
( 4 )  Uses of unconventional, informal assessment methods,
( 5 )  Methods of interpretation of test scores,
( 6 )  Issues in interpretation and uses of test results.
 
PGDE 5315  Classroom Management and Discipline in Secondary Schools
  The course is designed to familiarize students with both the theoretical and the practical aspects of classroom management and school discipline in secondary schools. It also aims at assisting teachers to promote an optimum learning environment and to encourage the development of self-discipline among students. Topics include: organizational perspective of discipline, group dynamics, management skills in context, student-teacher relationship, school rules and organization policies, coordination between discipline and guidance, home-school partnership and whole school discipline.
 
PGDE 5316  Supporting Secondary School Students with Special Educational Needs
 

This course employs a cross-disciplinary perspective to introduce important issues in supporting adolescents with special educational needs (SEN) in integrated school settings.  First, we examine contemporary policy changes and controversies in special education and integration. We then discuss basic principles of identification and education of exceptional SEN adolescents. Curriculum and instructional issues will be deliberated. In particular, the types of SEN covered are Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), Intellectual Disability (ID), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Physical Disability (PD), Visual Impairment (VI), Hearing Impairment (HI), Language Impairment (LI), and Giftedness and Talents (GT). Developmental characteristics and needs of these students in secondary school years will be addressed, with a focus on enhancing teachers’ professional capacity in supporting them in the regular classroom.

 
PGDE 5317  Motivation and Individual Differences
  This course explores how motivational principles can be applied to promote student learning in secondary schools. Major theories of motivation are investigated, with an emphasis on practical application. Both classroom strategies and school-wide programs in promoting student motivation are discussed. Besides identifying the characteristics and needs of secondary school students in general, individual differences in abilities and personality are also dealt with. Topics include cognitive theories of achievement motivation, extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, reinforcement, casual attribution, goals, beliefs, values, self-concept, self-efficacy, self-regulation, learning style, intelligence, creativity, and gender.
 
PGDE 5318  Sex Education in Secondary Schools
  This course provides basic skills and knowledge of teaching sex education in secondary schools. Topics include: the need for sex education in secondary schools, definition and contemporary views on human sexuality, definition and scope of sex education, sex education and information, values, attitudes and behaviors related to sex, gender role and self-concept, relationship with self and others, friendship, courtship, marriage and family, social issues related to sex, sex education curriculum, ethical, sociocultural, psychological and physiological aspect of sex education, and implementation of sex education. Home-school partnership and parent education for sexual development are also explored.
 
PGDE 5319  Personal Growth of Teachers
  This course aims at promoting among teachers an interest and readiness for taking charge of their personal growth. It draws attention to the significance of mental and physical health, and a number of areas related teachers’ personal growth. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students should be able to identify the significance of personal growth, and recognize options for handling problems related to one’s mental and physical health. Topics covered include: teachers and their careers, personal characteristic of an effective teacher, teacher self-concept, reflective ability of a teacher, teachers’ physical health, stress and burnout, supportive system, strategies for promoting personal growth, power to change and commitment to growth. It also provides experiential learning activities to help teachers expand their self-awareness, and identify factors affecting their professional and personal development.
 
PGDE 5391  Individual Project: Psychology and Counselling
  This course aims to train students in writing research papers. Students are required to do research projects on approved topics individually or in small groups under the supervision of a lecturer. (For part-time students only, and with permission of the Faculty)
   
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