Sally Wai-Yan Wan

Sally Wai-Yan Wan
The Chinese University of Hong Kong | CUHK · Department of Curriculum and Instruction

EdD (Nottingham)

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Introduction
Dr. Sally Wai-Yan Wan is a teacher educator at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She had been a curriculum officer for more than 10 years. Her personal belief is "Action in learning; Learning in action; Action Learning for Education".
Additional affiliations
May 2017 - May 2017
UCL Institute of Education
Position
  • Teacher Education Internship
September 2012 - present
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Teacher Educator
Education
October 2017 - January 2018
UCL Institute of Education
Field of study
  • Systematic Review Design and Planning
September 2012 - August 2013
The University of Hong Kong
Field of study
  • Educational Administration & Management
September 2011 - August 2012
The University of Hong Kong
Field of study
  • Gifted Education and Talent Development

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Publications (100)
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The aims of this study were to translate and cross-validate the original Differentiated Instruction Questionnaire (DI-Quest; Coubergs et al., 2017) for use in Hong Kong, which measures teachers’ philosophy and praxis factors regarding differentiated instruction (DI) implementation. A total of 416 HK primary and secondary teachers responded to the q...
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Focusing on catering learners’ differences, differentiated instruction (DI) plays a significant role in promoting equity of opportunity in the educational context. Yet little and inconsistent results were found that compared the implementation of DI between school levels. This explorative study is aimed at examining the differences of Hong Kong pri...
Conference Paper
The aims of this study were to examine the status quo of Hong Kong teachers’ perceptions and practices of differentiated instruction. A total of 416 primary and secondary teachers responded to the Chinese version of Differentiated Instruction Questionnaire (C-DIQ), where relations among the five constructs of the instrument were explored. Findings...
Conference Paper
Differentiated instruction is commonly recognized as an effective yet complex approach to improving student learning. Differentiated instruction is commonly known as a systematic curriculum planning approach to cater for learner diversity (i.e. readiness, interest and learner profiles) according to four curriculum components: content, process, prod...
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The study used positioning theory as an analytical framework to explore how teachers position themselves and significant others in participating in a school-university partnership programme on differentiated instruction in primary and secondary schools, and how the processes of implementing the programme might be affected by these positions. Positi...
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Curriculum leadership is commonly regarded as an essential element in supporting school development and facilitating curriculum change processes. The study identified the qualitative variation in conceptions of curriculum leadership in the development of curriculum leadership, and to describe these variations in terms of categories of description....
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TNC Ridge to Reef (R2R) Environmental Education Programmes aims at developing a junior secondary teaching package for helping students learn about the concepts of "ridge to reef (R2R)" concepts through different key learning areas such as geography, life & society and science education.
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We present a distinctive approach to knowledge exchange used in the ‘Shared Space’ project; an inter-disciplinary researcher–teacher partnership using Allport’s contact theory contact theory as a lens to interpret teachers’ self-reported practice in the subject Religion and Worldviews (RWE). By so doing, we created new professional knowledge and un...
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Purpose This exploratory study investigates the relationship between teachers’ perceptions of professional learning communities (PLCs) and their differentiated instruction (DI) practice in a Hong Kong primary education context. Design/Approach/Methods Three subsidized primary schools participated in the study. A total of 121 teachers completed sur...
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Responding to a recent call of nurturing a stance of practitioner-research inquiry, this paper reports collective memory work that disrupted academics’ hegemonic voices in School-Based Curriculum Development (SBCD) studies and elicited teachers’ stories about their SBCD practices. With post-colonialism as the theoretical underpinning, we explored h...
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The paper draws upon a collaborative action research project using Photovoice aiming at empowering participants to voice and critically reflect by thinking deeply about their context and difficulties, and using images to foster critical consciousness. Nineteen prospective teachers in a Hong Kong public university participated in this collaborative...
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Visual methods are effective in facilitating human learning while metacognition is a critical aspect of the learning process. In this context, the purpose of this study is to explore the metacognition of pre-service teachers in response to their participation in a series of visual reflections after an online dialogue on the topic of inclusive educa...
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Facing the hybrid educational landscapes in the 21st century, initial teacher education is not only to develop pedagogical knowledge and skills but also foster critical reflection among prospective teachers. Photovoice is a participatory research strategy empowering prospective teachers to voice their own thinking and develop critical consciousness...
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Curriculum leadership is commonly regarded as an essential element in supporting school development and facilitating curriculum change processes. The study identified the qualitative variation in conceptions of curriculum leadership in the development of curriculum leadership, and to describe these variations in terms of categories of description....
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Due to the constraints of a traditional classroom teaching, there have been urgent needs for exploring innovative pedagogical designs in addressing the needs of Generation Z university learners. One of the possible solutions is to create a discovery approach for engaging learners in learning with mobile devices as supported with location-based tech...
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Generation Z university learners show a variety of talents and cannot feel satisfied in a traditional classroom. To match the needs of learners' multiple intelligence in the learning environment, educators can consider creating a discovery approach by learners using mobile devices in a classroom with location-based technology. With iBeacon transmit...
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There has been a rise in the demands of looking for ‘appropriate’ research methodology to investigate how educational technology is used so as to search for ‘better’ ways for sustainable development in the field. Some scholars described the potentials of phenomenography as ‘opening a new territory’ (Bruce, 1999) that explores the understandings of...
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The use of differentiated assessment (DA) is not novel in the western countries. However, very limited evidence regarding DA usage is known in the higher education context in the Asian region like Hong Kong. This paper thus aims to fill this critical research gap by investigating students’ perspectives on DA implementation in a public university in...
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If accepted following blind peer-review, this abstract appears the conference program. Please be sure the abstract is free of reference to author(s), institution/company, city/state, or your country. • The use of differentiated assessment (DA) is not novel in the western countries. However, very limited evidence regarding DA usage is known in the h...
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Continuous reforms in education are not exceptional in Asian regions including Hong Kong. It is believed that understanding teaching efficacy can pave the way for preparing teachers in the face of curriculum reform. However, little is known about Hong Kong teachers’ teaching efficacy. This study thus attempts to explore Hong Kong teachers’ teaching...
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Differentiated instruction (DI) is a popular strategy enabling students to learn English effectively. Yet teacher beliefs play an influential role in affecting its implementation. Little is known about English teachers’ beliefs towards DI. This paper aims to report the findings of English subject teachers’ beliefs and dilemmas when practicing DI, w...
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Differentiated instruction is one of the important issues in addressing students’ diverse needs. This article focuses on the practice concerning differentiated instruction in Asia. In particular, the issues pertaining to the implementation of differentiated instruction in the Chinese societies such as China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are presented in d...
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Future employment & learning expectations: Profiles of university students’ attitudes
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Across the world, teacher education programmes are under review. In some contexts where its academic dimension is sufficiently well-established, philosophy may continue to thrive. However, in many other settings where the academic dimension is being downsized and fragmented in favour of employment-based learning, philosophy is under threat, if inde...
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This paper explores the role of theory, and philosophy of education in particular, in the professional formation of teachers through a dialogical encounter between two university-based teacher educators, who are involved in teaching pre-service and in-service teachers in two contrasting settings: Hong Kong and the UK. The ensuing dialogue raises ch...
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There have been urgent needs for building schools as professional learning communities (PLC) for sustainable development to foster student learning in schools (Harris, Jones, & Huffman, 2017; Kruse & Johnson, 2017). It is generally believed that teacher education can assist prospective teachers in obtaining fundamental preparation for becoming teac...
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A cluster exploration analysis of prospective teachers' perceptions of professional learning communities (PLC) Available at: https://www.slideshare.net/sallywywan2010/a-cluster-exploration-analysis-of-prospective-teachers-perceptions-of-professional-learning-communities-plc
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Teacher leadership is one of the essential factors in curriculum implementation. Curriculum development is never an easy task for teachers. Several studies have indicated that teacher leadership has led to school improvement and fostered student achievement and engagement in learning. However, most studies have focused on examining teacher leadersh...
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Using phenomenography in educational technology research from 2003 to 2017: A systematic review and content analysis https://www.slideshare.net/SallyWan1/using-phenomenography-in-educational-technology-research-from-2003-to-2017-a-systematic-review-and-content-analysis
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Teachers’ attitude towards change plays one of the significant factors in the complexity of change process. The purpose of the paper is to report the exploratory findings of Hong Kong teachers’ attitudes towards curriculum change in Hong Kong elementary schools. Data collection methods included individual interviews with teachers of four elementary...
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Teacher leadership is commonly recognized as an essential component in student learning. This is the aim of the paper to explore how teachers perceive and practice teacher leadership in schools in the Asian context. Data collection methods included a survey, individual interviews and observation. Key findings included: (1) Teachers were oriented th...
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Understanding prospective teachers’ curriculum leadership development is not widely investigated in the current literatures. In this paper, we aim to explore and look into the experiences of enacting curriculum leadership when facing exam-driven curriculum during the period of field experiences in secondary schools during 2017-18. Specifically, we...
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Recent literatures vastly discuss the significance of professional learning communities (PLCs) in supporting student learning. Differentiated instruction has been regarded as an important teaching approach in improving student learning. Yet little is known about whether there is any relationship between teachers’ engagement in PLCs and their uses o...
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The purpose of the study is to examine Hong Kong teachers’ perceptions of distributed leadership. Data were collected from six primary schools with a total of 155 teachers responding to a self-developed survey. Descriptive, reliability, and MANOVA data analyses were done with the application of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) pro...
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This paper is to provide a content analysis of leadership studies in the field of higher education as published in three specific types of Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) journals, including higher education (i.e. Higher Education, Higher Education Quarterly, Higher Education Research & Development, Journal of Higher Education, Research in Hi...
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Teaching efficacy and teaching beliefs play vital roles in shaping and sustaining teachers’ curriculum and pedagogical practice. In Hong Kong, differentiated instruction has recently been one of the key recommended strategies to catering to learner diversity in the latest curriculum reform across different key learning areas, including Chinese lang...
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Searching for a deeper understanding of the perceptions of university students about their international awareness and experiences might pave the way for fostering and promoting the development and process of internationalization in universities. So far, few empirical studies have been conducted to study the intercultural sensitivity of students ab...
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The purpose of the study is to examine Hong Kong teachers’ perceptions of distributed leadership. Data were collected from six primary schools with a total of 155 teachers responding to a self-developed survey. Descriptive, reliability, MANOVA and Chi-Square data analyses were done with the application of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences...
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Previous studies used quantitative studies to examine teachers’ perceptions of leadership. Few studies also attempted to examine teachers’ perceptions of the implementation of curriculum projects. Yet they mostly focused on ‘what’ rather than ‘how’ leadership is practiced in the process of curriculum development. This exploratory case study thus ai...
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Facing diverse needs of students, learning and teaching mathematics is a big challenge to teachers. Differentiated instruction is regarded as the most effective strategy to meet the needs of all students. Evidence indicated that differentiated instruction enables students to learn mathematics effectively. Teaching beliefs play a role in affecting a...
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Differentiated instruction (DI) is nothing new and is believed to be an effective research-based strategy to cater for learner diversity. Differentiation involves finding multiple ways to structure a lesson so that each student is provided with an opportunity to work at a moderately challenging level. Previous studies, however, found that teachers...
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Differentiated instruction (DI) is nothing new and commonly recognized as one of the most effective ways to cater to learner diversity. DI has been promoted in educational policies in different countries. It is essential to prepare pre-service teachers for catering to the diverse needs of students in pre-service teacher education. Yet there is a la...
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Differentiated instruction has been widely promoted in catering for learner diversity in different educational settings. Recent Hong Kong curriculum reform has highlighted differentiated instruction as an approach to cater to learner diversity (CDC, 2009). This study explores teachers' perceptions of differentiated instruction in two Hong Kong seco...
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Catering for learner diversity is one of the key areas in the recent educational reform in Hong Kong. Pre-service teacher education acts as a fundamental way to equip pre-service teachers ready for accommodating diverse learning needs and to build up pre-service teachers’ self-efficacy. The purpose of the study is to examine prospective teachers’ t...
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Distributed leadership provides a theoretically-grounded framework with which to examine leadership practice. The concept ‘distributed leadership’ is relatively new and still lacks a widely-accepted definition. Research in higher education, at the same time, has found shared or dispersed forms of leadership, rather than hierarchical leadership, are...
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The 21st century has brought dynamic changes around the world. In the field of education, different revolutions and reforms have been initiated. One such reform is a growing trend toward inclusive education. Students come to class with different experiences, characteristics, abilities, beliefs, and needs.
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Lifelong education has been highly emphasized in the global world. In the current complex and dynamic changes and challenges in the school (Herrity and Morales, 2004), continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers has been highlighted in the new education policy of Hong Kong.
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This article reports the findings of a study conducted in an elementary school in 2007–2008. The design-based study, which is a replication of another study conducted in 2003–2005, analysed the influence of different leadership styles on teacher communi- cation networks. Two curriculum development teams, namely English and General Stud- ies teams,...
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Catering for learner diversity is one of the key areas in the recent educational reform in Hong Kong (CDC, 2002). Whole-school approach and inclusive education are highlighted by the government educational policy (EDB, 2010). Pre-service teacher education acts as a fundamental way to equip pre-service teachers ready for accommodating diverse learni...
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Differentiation is vital to catering to the diverse needs of learners. The need for adaptive teaching is not restricted to the education of students with disabilities in mainstream classes, but also applies to the whole ability range (Postlethwaite, 1993; Weston et al., 1998). According to the Education Commission (2000), schools should diversify t...
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Regarding new challenges in the 21st century, learning is no longer restricted to classrooms. Instead, learning can occurs anytime and anywhere. This poster aims to present how a knowledge building community (KBC) can be established to teach a Bachelor of Education module, namely Curricular Strategies for Tackling Individual Differences. A group...
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The present study was originally designed to explore the impact of pedagogical innovation on teacher learning from 2003-2004 and was replicated in another elementary school in 2007. Previous papers that focused on interview and discourse data reported on the positive effects of teacher engagement on school-based curriculum development. The present...
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The purpose of the study is to explore how teachers' perceive international collaboration for knowledge building in the process of international collaboration. The main research question is How do teachers perceive internationally collaborative knowledge building projects?, aiming at unfolding teachers' perceptions and experiences about their parti...
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The aim of this study was to explore teachers’ perceptions of continuing professional development in Hong Kong, focusing on teachers’ perceptions of CPD activities and teacher competencies in the Teacher Competencies Framework (TCF) in the latest government CPD policy, “Towards a Learning Profession: The Teacher Competencies Framework and the Conti...
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This study was originally designed to explore the impact of a distributed approach to developing curriculum leadership among schoolteachers. Previous papers have focused on reporting evidence of teacher learning in the process of engaging teachers in various types of curriculum decision-making in an innovation project based on interview data. This...
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This study was designed primarily to investigate the impact of school-based curriculum development teams on teacher development within the tradition of school-based curriculum development. The results are expected to provide valuable insights for teachers, school management and policy making. Teacher interviews in a primary school in Hong Kong were...
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In the 2008-09 academic year, the case school initiated a M-learning (i.e. mobile learning) programme for a group of twenty P.5-6 students, who were formed into groups and worked collaboratively in an ecological study by using different kinds of technologies such as GPS, Blackberries, laptops, digital cameras and mobile phones that are blended to e...
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This preliminary case study used mixed methodology to investigate students’ perceptions of the application of Knowledge Forum in a Hong Kong subsidized primary school. 18 Hong Kong Primary 5-6 students used Knowledge Forum in different knowledge building projects in different subjects and extra-curricular activities in the past two academic years (...
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This study is designed to investigate the impact of school-based curriculum development teams on teacher development within the tradition of school-based curriculum development in a primary school in Hong Kong. Teacher interviews were used to evaluate the extent that teacher engagement in curriculum decision-making processes within two school-based...
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This paper presents the findings from a small-scale study of Hong Kong primary teachers' perceptions of their needs in continuing professional development (CPD). The study applied a quantitative approach, using a self-developed survey questionnaire on the basis of the CPD framework as proposed by Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualific...
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This study was designed to investigate the theory and practice of curriculum leadership within the tradition of school-based curriculum development. A ca se study methodology was used to evaluate the extent that teacher engagement in curriculum decision making processes within a school based structure of curriculum development had led to profe ssio...

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Differentiated instruction is widely spread and promoted in official documents in different countries. However, according to the literature, it's not fully implemented.
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Teacher leadership is widely regarded as important component as a professional teacher and our teacher education seemingly attempts to develop prospective teachers' leaderships skills. However, when prospective teachers go to the complex 'reality', how can their learnt leadership skills be sustained?
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What is distributed leadership meant to you?
How does it work in higher education?
To what extent is distributed leadership effective in higher education?
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What teaching strategies are suitably used to teach prospective teachers in using differentiated instruction?
Which differentiated instructional strategies do you think are the most important?
What does differentiated instruction mean to you?
What is learner diversity?

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The project aims to develop two curriculum modules for the Hong Kong local junior secondary curriculum under the Hong Kong Jockey Club Ridge to Reef Environmental Education Program (hereafter the Program).