Educational Psychology

Pitfalls of over-rewarding children's achievements

Parents Pang Chi-keung and Flora Chan are careful how they reward their daughter Bowie and son Jimmi. Photo: Dickson Lee

Many parents give their children a small treat, or a gift, when they do well in school as encouragement. Some resort to giving cash or a coveted gadget as an incentive to work harder. 

Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 5:08pm

How to tell if my child is gifted

How to tell if my child is gifted

You do not have to be a budding Einstein to be considered gifted. "Giftedness" is a term that has been around for centuries and, like many features of education that refer to a minority, is shrouded in myth and misunderstanding. 

28 Oct 2012 - 3:26pm

Childhood stimulation key to brain development, says study

Early childhood stimulation is the key to a better brain.

An early childhood surrounded by books and educational toys will leave positive fingerprints on a person's brain well into their late teens, a 20-year research study has shown.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

Children use roleplay to learn about different jobs

Children get hands-on experience in different occupations at Bom City, Graceyard Education Centre and Mong Kok Great Love Non-profit Animal Centre.Photos: May Tse, Jonathan Wong

It's a popular subject for school essays: My Dream Job. More often than not, youngsters' compositions are based on what they might glean from books or television and movies.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:32am

Career coaching can yield champions

A survey by recruitment firm Robert Half of more than 500 employees in Hong Kong about their thoughts on career coaching has revealed that 88 per cent indicated that career coaching helped improve their job performance.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Assessors suspected of being liberal with their marks

As students examined their exam results yesterday, many who scored low marks noticed an odd pattern - their marks for liberal studies were unexpectedly high, even when they failed to answer all the questions.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The right way to look at it

Last month, I was invited to give a talk on 'How to facilitate the academic development of children with dyslexia' to parents and teachers of dyslexic children.

As I prepared, I discussed with my husband how we had tried to help our son with the challenges of dyslexia. Since he started primary education, my husband and I have shared supervising his homework and revision.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Liberal studies failing to meet goals set for it

Most teachers are spoon-feeding students in liberal studies classes, a University of Hong Kong study has found, despite this method being discouraged in a subject that was a key component of education reforms.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Creating a digitally challenging space for kids

Jennifer Fenton (below), Grade 6 leader at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CISHK), aims to create a classroom environment which supports and challenges pupils. Central to this is giving them the skills and awareness to make the best use of technology. She talks to John Cremer

In this area, what is your basic approach?

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Exceptional problems

When Anne Damrall's elder son was two years old, he was returning from a trip to the beach with his father when he said: 'You know, Daddy, I think the world is made up of numbers and letters.'

'That's what he told my husband,' said mother-of-two Damrall. 'We were a bit dumbfounded. But we didn't think much more about it, he was our first child.'

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Help wanted for HK's disabled

Hong Kong takes great pride in its ability to integrate people from different cultures and backgrounds into its society. But when it comes to integrating the disabled into the job market, a great deal more remains to be done.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Finding techno-teaching values

Use of technology in the classroom will continue to change teaching methods and course content, reflecting the broader developments made possible by advances in IT and easy access to internet resources.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Anfield's critical formula

Held in March, the first Anfield International Kindergarten Science Fair had its eureka moments.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Appliance of science

It is often said that a scientist is not the person who gives the right answers, but the one who asks the right questions. In light of this view, it is little surprise that many regard the understanding of science and scientific methods as vital components of the innovative thinking process.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Prepping the pioneers

When making decisions about their children's educational needs, many parents choose to take the long-term view, envisaging how their young ones might someday contribute to society as adults.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am