Davy Ng Tsz Kit, Po Leung Kuk Laws Foundation College
Mr. Ng Tsz Kit obtained his Master of Education Psychology, Postgraduate in IT in Education and Bachelor of Computer Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He joined the Po Leung Kuk Laws Foundation College in 2015.
Mr. Ng’s interests including learning sciences and technologies, as well as technology-enhanced pedagogic design and implementation. Currently, Mr. Ng is an officer of the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps, project member of the Center for Learning Sciences and Technologies and EdDataX Research Centre, CUHK. He is the principal investigator of a Quality Education Fund (QEF) Project “From Runway to Pathway: Establishing a School-based Secondary STEM Aerospace Learning Programme and Exemplary Laboratory”. Apart from that, he has been engaged in many educational projects including “QEF Effective Use of Innovative, Interactive and Immersive Virtual Reality (VR) for Field Learning of the Natural Sciences in the Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) Environment”. “Mathematical Concepts Development for Secondary School Students through e-Learning”. “Using Emergent Technologies to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of STEM in Hong Kong’s Secondary Schools”, etc.
A Training Insight: Motivational Practices for Students to Learn STEM Through Aviation
Echoing international trends in efforts to grow up future leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), Hong Kong has initiated a series of educational reforms to promote a paradigm shift from technology education to STEM learning over the past few years. Aviation education is a school-based innovative curriculum that motivates students and engage in learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the aviation theme. To raise STEM literacy through the program, a dimension of teaching practices is conducted to target students’ motivation in a rich innovative environment. This paper reflects the practices in a newly developed program based on motivational theories and determine how students conceptualized their motivation to learn aviation. Modified Science Motivation Questionnaire II (SMQ II) was used to measure different motivational constructs is significant for students learning. 345 Primary 5 to Secondar 1 students from 10 schools participated in a flight simulation programme. Overall, students were found to have high levels of motivation in which self-efficacy, classroom interaction, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation were found to be the motivational constructs that meant the most to students whereas they were least motivated by career interest. After all, this paper suggests how insights gained from the aviation programme can contribute to inspiration of how contextual, psychological and sociocultural factors related with learner diversity in STEM learning to recruit potential targets and enhance their motivation. A well-defined learning framework with evidence could guide future research and interventions in similar STEM contextualized school-based inquiry-oriented programmes.