Research Projects in Primary Schools
Project at 6 EMI Primary Schools
At Primary Level, an innovative QEF project entitled: "Building Learning Communities in Primary Schools through Project works and Knowledge Construction" has been launched in 6 EMI primary schools to integrate KF into project-based science curriculum from 1 July 2001 to 31 Dec. 2002. CITE provides professional support for proceeding the whole project, formulating research directions, organizing training workshops and carries out an overall evaluation of the project. In the short run, it is an innovative approach to reform the current science curriculum by fostering collaborative learning communities within and across schools and stimulating their students to have ceaseless knowledge-building collaboratively on science, under knowledge-based economy in Hong Kong. In the long run, it is expected that participating teachers and students will change their prior conceptions of project works and develop better problem-solving skills.
One big contribution of the project is to shed new lights on other project-based primary school curricula. Unlike previous teacher-centered approaches or students' 'cut-and-paste' modes of doing project works, such approach helps trace out students' own paths of constructing knowledge collaboratively with teachers' monitoring and graded instructions.