About us

Knowledge Building @ HKU is a research group in the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. The purpose of this website is knowledge exchange.

van AalstDr. Jan van Aalst is an Associate Professor in the Learning Sciences.  In the 1980s and 1990s he taught high school and college physics and mathematics, was an early innovator in the use of computers in these subjects (data loggers, simulations, and computer algebra). His current interests are in various aspects of knowledge building, including pedagogy and assessment. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Learning Sciences for 2017-2020.

Carol ChanDr. Carol Chan is a Professor and teaches graduate courses in psychology of learning and knowledge building. In 1994 she received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Canadian Association of Educational Psychology, and in 2006 she was made a University Teaching Fellow for her outstanding contributions to innovative teaching. She co-directs the Sciences of Learning Strategic Research Theme of the University of Hong Kong and previously co-directed the Knowledge Building Teacher Network. Her current research interests are in knowledge building, reading, and conceptual change. She is an associate editor of International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.

Researchers and Recent Alumni

Dr. Iris Feng Lin completed her Ph. D. in 2015, studying studying conceptual and epistemic change of primary school students who use knowledge building in science. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA.

Dr. Christina Yang received her Ph. D. in 2016, and now is an associate professor at Central China Normal University in China. She does research on school-based assessment of collaborative learning with technology. Her dissertation involved a series of case studies of formative assessment in knowledge building.

Dr. Ma Guanzhong received his Ph. D. in 2017, and studied conceptual and epistemic change in middle-school students in Guangdong Province in China. He has a strong interest in educational design research and physics education.

James  Wilson is a fourth-year Ed. D. student, and teaches social studies at an international school in Hong Kong. He is studying a professional learning community that is trying to understand Universal Designs for Learning.

Xueqi Feng is a fourth-year Ph. D. student. She is a primary school science teacher from Nanjing and is studying the use of technology-enhanced formative assessment in knowledge building in large classes.

Contact Us

Room 115, Runme Shaw Building, Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Telephone +852 2859-1956. Email: vanaalst@hku.hk.