Ida Mok

Ida Mok
The University of Hong Kong | HKU · Division of Mathematics and Science Education

PhD

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Understanding the emotional dimension of classroom practices benefits sustainable education. However, the dynamic nature of teacher emotions during teaching remains understudied. To acquire an “in-depth” description of the emotional phenomena during teaching, a case study was adopted to examine the pattern and dynamics of a senior secondary mathema...
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Teacher is the most important person in enhancing the students’ learning and lesson study (LS) has achieved international consensus as a vehicle for developing good lessons and enhancing teachers’ professional skills. The aim of this study is to explore how lesson study might act as a form of professional development in helping primary mathematics...
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This study conducted a questionnaire survey with a sample of 221 senior secondary mathematics teachers, to examine the relationships between teacher emotions and classroom instruction in the context of China. Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling were used to analyse the data. The results showed that the mathematics teacher...
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Recent research on multimedia learning has considered the integration of cognitive and affective aspects of media processing. The literature suggests that learners’ emotions influence the effectiveness of multimedia learning, which is explained by the cognitive-affective theory of learning with media (CATLM). A multimedia design that changes learne...
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It is difficult for curriculum reform to achieve sustainable success without support from teachers in the front line. The authors of this paper investigated teacher factors behind the successful implementation of a reformed instructional model, the Dao Jiang Ping (DJP) model, in China. This study is part of a longitudinal project (2012–2017) that r...
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Recent years have witnessed an increase in research focused on studying on perspectives of Chinese mathematics instructions. The sustained interest is partly due to the outstanding performances of Chinese students in international studies such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study ( TIMSS) ( Mullis, et al., 2012) and the Prog...
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Curricula in different places of the world are consistently undergoing changes and reforms to meet the capacity needed for citizenship of the 21st Century. Applying the idea of HFE to Curriculum Ergonomics, design of interventions in curriculum should with best efforts aim to fit the users (teachers and students) for creating an optimal enhanced le...
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This study investigates how teacher background, subject knowledge and pedagogic efficacy affect Grade 4 children’s (aged 9–10) mathematical achievement in 10 primary schools in Hong Kong. Mathematics teachers were selected for their strong commitment to teaching mathematics and their pupils’ consistently high international mathematics performance....
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Purpose To explore what professional knowledge and competence (PKC) that knowledgeable others, namely, mathematics teaching research specialists (MTRS) in China, need to know, and how they may develop their PKC Design/methodology/approach This study adopts mixed methods. A survey on PKC with 549 MTRS is utilized to examine MTRS’ perceived held a...
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The development of technology in the field of mathematics education has been rapid and fast over the last few decades. There are significant changes with respect to the tools of demonstration, devices and display, tools for calculation, drawing and graphing, computer-assisted learning platforms and internet. Technology is obviously having an impact...
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This experimental study used an instructional visual aid for algebra to investigate whether different order thinking skills – remembering, understanding and analyzing – affect the expertise reversal effect. One hundred and twenty-three secondary school students were assigned to an experimental condition, either with or without the aid. In the exper...
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Recent years have witnessed an increase in research focused on studying on the psychological and pedagogical perspectives of Chinese learners in the mathematics instructions. A main driver in these studies has been the sustained interest in cracking the phenomenon known as the “Paradox of Chinese Learners” (see for example Biggs, 1996; Mok et al.,...
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Pedagogy of variation has been in practice for a long time in China and can be dated back to Learning to Teach by Lingyuan Gu (Gu, 1994). Pedagogy of variation now has become a popular method in teaching mathematics in China. Many Chinese researchers have developed the application of the pedagogical model for different mathematical topics, and have...
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This study investigates how teacher background, subject knowledge and pedagogic efficacy affect Grade 4 children's (aged 9-10) mathematical achievement in 10 primary schools in Hong Kong. Mathematics teachers were selected for their strong commitment to teaching mathematics and their pupils' consistently high international mathematics performance....
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This study examined how Chinese educators and teachers implement curriculum reform in mathematics classrooms, through an example of the reform in one district in China that is promoting a reformed instructional model called the DJP model. The data used in this study came from a project that followed teachers in this district for two years. By analy...
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Students’ seatwork plays an important part in their learning in their lessons, and very often, students record their private work in the notebooks during seatwork. The students’ private work in their notebooks reflects students’ learning and thinking, representing explicit learning outcomes. The students’ private work in their notebooks of 14 mathe...
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This introductory article for the special issue of “The International Journal of Diversity in Education” weaves the research interests and histories of members of the local organizing committee for the Fifteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations held at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in July 2015. Thes...
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Comparing is one of the most basic intellectual activities. We consciously make comparisons to understand where we stand, both in relation to others as well as to our own past experiences. International comparative studies have completely transformed the way we see mathematics education. The focus of this ICME-13 Topical Survey is to discuss the wa...
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The Hong Kong Education Bureau recommends that primary school pupils’ mathematical achievement be enhanced via collaborative discussions engendered by group work. This pedagogic change may be hindered by Confucian heritage classroom practices and Western-dominated group work approaches that predominate in Hong Kong. To overcome these obstacles, we...
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It argues that the main purpose of educational research is to improve student learning, and that international comparative studies are no exception.
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Triangulation has become a reference construct when issues of methodological rigour are discussed. In this chapter, we argue that conceptions of triangulation must be broadened if it is to be relevant to a community increasingly committed to interpretivist and critical methodologies. We suggest that the metaphoric entailments of triangulation can u...
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Research on Mathematics Classroom Practice encompasses very comprehensive themes and issues that may include any studies and scientific experiments happening inside the classroom, including consideration of the key agents in the classroom (the teachers and the students), undertaken with diversified research objectives and theoretical backgrounds. T...
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This chapter aims to provide readers with a comprehensive review of related literature on how Chinese mathematics teachers pursue pre-service training and in-service professional development, and how they teach in classrooms. The results suggest that China (Mainland) has established a highly unique and unified pre-service mathematics teacher educat...
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Factorisation is a fundamental topic in school algebra but also a challenging topic for teachers to teach and students to learn. This chapter highlights what an experienced teacher valued in the teaching of factorisation. A competent Hong Kong teacher, Teacher-HK, was invited to comment on his lesson by the video-stimulated recall technique. The an...
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The introduction of graphs represents a milestone in the understanding of algebra. The invention of the coordinate system in the 17th century opened a new gateway for the development of new topics and invention in the history of mathematics (Bell, 1953). In the personal learning path prescribed for school students in the curriculum, the experience...
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“Algebra for everyone” has become a slogan of mathematics education reformers (e.g., Edwards, 1990), and the claim that all students will benefit from learning algebra is bolstered by research findings that those who take algebra courses in high school have higher chances to enter prestigious universities and get high-salary jobs (Moses & Cobb, 200...
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This chapter examines the roles quantitative literacy play in science communication. We start the chapter by addressing the notion of numeracy, which leads to the discussion of the ideas associated with quantitative literacy. We exemplify elements of quantitative literacy that are required in understanding science and technological issues in the re...
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As we know, the front is where the teacher’s desk, blackboard and/or a projection screen are located. In this chapter we focus on classroom episodes with “Students at the Front” as an event in which “a student presents information publicly in written form, sometimes accompanied by verbal interaction between the student and the teacher or other stud...
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The original concept of giving students a voice was initiated by Rudduck who suggested that student voice approaches could offer a practical agenda for change in education at a variety of levels (Fielding, 2007). Following this idea, McGregor (2005) suggested students as ‘experts’ in schooling and argued that students had knowledge of the school wh...
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The focus of this paper is on the implications of key findings and theoretical positions from social psychology and cognitive developmental psychology (Piagetian/neo-Piagetian) for the use of IT tools to support learning in algebra. Particular reference is made to the research of the UK Cognitive Acceleration through Mathematics Education (CAME) pr...
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The distributive law or distributive property is a fundamental algebraic property in the arithmetic of numbers and algebraic expressions. This paper reports on an investigation of students' understanding of the distributive law through task-based interviews from the perspectives of constructivists. It explores students' lack of appreciation of the...
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The author here describes an exemplary grade-8 algebra lesson in Hong Kong, taken from the data of the learners’ perspective study. The analysis presents a juxtaposition of the researcher’s analysis of the lesson with the teacher and students’ perspectives of the lesson. The researcher’s perspective applies the theory of variation for which the mai...
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This paper analyzed a well-structured lesson to examine the opportunities and missing opportunities for students" learning in terms of developing basic skills and higher-order thinking skills. The instructional activities in the lesson that show a very systematic choice of variation and clear focus, may serve well the goal of teaching a specific ba...
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In this article, we address the choice of suitable instructional units that might serve as the basis for cross-cultural analyses of classroom practice. Our argument draws on analyses undertaken as part of the Learner's Perspective Study (LPS). The database comprised a three-camera video record of sequences of 10 consecutive lessons in each classroo...
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The East Asian learner paradox refers to the apparent contradiction between the teacher-dominated learning environment in East Asia, which is generally perceived to be non-conducive to learning, and the outstanding performance of East Asian students in comparative studies. This study attempts to explain this phenomenon based on the perspectives of...
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Classrooms in the East Asian region are primarily portrayed as teacher-centred, with a tense atmosphere stressing mechanical or rote learning. Using data derived from a project that evaluated the impact of a major curriculum reform in Hong Kong, this paper argues that these descriptions fail to capture many salient features of pedagogy. A total of...
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A review of recent studies in Hong Kong suggests that possible problems in secondary school algebra may be due to the procedural paradigm orientation in the curriculum and the conventional style of teaching in the classroom which do not provide sufficient opportunities for students to develop conceptual understanding. Based on the works of a number...
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The findings reported in literature though are generally in favour of the potential of elevating learning mathematics by technology, the availability of technology never promises a panacea. In fact, an effective use of technology in mathematics classrooms depends on how students interact between the peers, the teacher and the technology. This relia...
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The Hong Kong mathematics curriculum has launched its reform in recent years. It was the first time that a holistic review of syllabi from Primary 1 through Secondary 7 was made. The curriculum development agency also decided to base the reform on sound pedagogical foundations. That was assisted with academic research where the views of various sta...
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Abstract Teacher-dominating classrooms in Confucian-heritage cultures are always seen as an environment not conducive to learning in western countries. However, recent studies have shown that students learning in such classrooms can still give very good performances. Therefore, it seems that simple labels of “teacher-dominating” or “student-centred...
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A project was launched in the mathematics teacher education program at the University of Hong Kong. To facilitate the student teacher to carry out reflection during their teaching practice, they were asked to keep a reflective journal and there was one post-lesson interview during the teaching practice. A useful guideline was developed and it conta...

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The project aims to address the issue of students’ learning diversity in junior secondary mathematics by helping teachers develop skills and strategies of rich tasks and collaborative learning, for enhancing students’ motivation for learning mathematics.
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This proposed project attempts to advance knowledge and understanding in the emerging research area of teacher professional noticing and pedagogical reasoning in both science and mathematics.