Views on the Use of Knowledge Forum: Hong Kong Primary Students’ Perspectives

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This case study used mixed methodology to investigate the application of Knowledge Forum in three classes of a Hong Kong primary school from the perspectives of students. 93 Hong Kong Primary 5-6 students used Knowledge Forum in the period from February to May 2009 at international collaboration projects with Spanish students. Mixed methods were applied in this study, including a self-developed survey and focus group interviews with students. Major findings of this study showed that students had positive attitudes towards the use of Knowledge Forum. Findings, implications and recommendations were further discussed in the last section.


Keywords: Knowledge Forum, Knowledge Building, Learning Community, International Collaboration, Students’ Voices
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Views on the Use of Knowledge Forum


Dr. Sally Wai-Yan Wan

Primary School Mistress (Curriculum Development), Curriculum Development Committee, Shatin Tsung Tsin School
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Sally Wan Wai-yan is currently Primary School Mistress (Curriculum Development) (PSMCD) of Shatin Tsung Tsin School. She graduated from the Hong Kong Institute of Education, majoring in English Language in 1996, attained a Bachelor of Education at the University of Hong Kong in 1998 and in 2002, she attained a Master of Education degree, specializing in Curriculum Studies. She is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Education programme at the University of Nottingham (UK), focusing on researching teachers' continuing professional development.

Patrick Hak-Chung Lam

Principal, Shatin Tsung Tsin School
Hong Kong, 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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