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Dr. LAM Bick-har is Associate Professor of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Research Fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change, at the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). She received her degrees of B.Ed and M.Ed from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the U.K., and PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPolyU). Her research interests include self-determination theory in the classroom, social support, pedagogical studies, teacher development, and academic scholarship.

She is currently leading a General Research Fund project (2021-2022) investigating the predictor and outcome of social support using a self-determination theory perspective, and a Teaching Development Grant project (2021-2022) which applies design thinking to nurture creative teachers' pedagogical knowledge. She has been awarded a number of Innovative Teaching Grants by the Faculty for her initiatives of promoting innovative practices in the delivery of pedagogical courses (2017-2022). To promote scholarship, Dr. Lam created ‘Active Classroom’ ( as a platform to disseminate research findings and exemplary teaching practices, and make it accessible to delegates beyond the local community.

In the period she serves EdUHK, she has won a number of prestigious awards. She received the Dean's Research Award 2019 for her book entitled 'Social Support, Well-being, and Teacher Development'. She is recipient of the Best Paper Award for her academic paper presented in the Redesign Pedagogy International Conference 2017. She is recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 and the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching in 2012, and was awarded a certificate by the University Grants Committee (UGC) for being one of the six finalists of the Inaugural UGC Teaching Award of Hong Kong in 2011. Dr. Lam is currently advisor and consultant of a number of schools and universities, including the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Institute of Leadership and Education Advanced Development (ILEAD) and the Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.

Research interests

Self-determination theory in the classroom, Social support, Autonomy support, Teaching styles, Academic scholarship, Teacher development

External Appointments

Current Appointments:

Expert Consultant for Teaching Innovation in Higher Education Committee, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China (2017 to present).

Associate Editor of Pedagogies: An International Journal (2018 - present).

Vice-president of the Asian-Pacific Association of Arts Education Exchange (2010 to present), and an

Honorary consultant of the Guangzhou Art Education Development Center of the Guangzhou Children's Palace (2000 to present).

She serves as a member of the Editorial Boards as an overseas consultant in the International Journal of Education through Art (since 2010); was editor-in-chief for the Journal of Curriculum and Teaching in 2013-2015.

Dr. Lam was invited as an Expert Adjudicator for the China National Teaching Innovation Award in Higher Education, hosted by the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China Suzhou, China in 2016 and 2017 respectively. She has been keynote speaker for a number of international organisations, including the Institute of Leadership and Education Advanced Development (ILEAD) Suzhou, China, the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2017; the International Society for Education through Art in 2010, National Association of Art Teachers (Portugal) in 2010, National Association of Animation and Education in 2011, the Psico and Soma of Europe in 2010. Dr Lam was Visiting Scholar of the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in 2017.

Internal Service:

Dr. Lam has been involved in Training Programme for Primary School Curriculum Leaders since 2003. She has been guest speakers for a number of professional development seminars organized by the Education Bureau and the local universities, and she is currently honorary curriculum consultant of a number of schools in Hong Kong.

Dr. Lam was a founding member of the Master of Teaching Programme, as Programme Leader (Jan 2014-Nov 2015). She is a regular speaker for the Staff Induction Programme for the EdUHK, and is involved in the Peer Support of Teaching Scheme for Academic & Teaching Staff. Dr. Lam has delivered over twenty professional development seminars to share her teaching innovation projects organised by the University.

Professional information

Teaching Interests

Pedagogical studies, learning theories, teaching innovations, metacognitive teaching, educational philosophies, teacher professional development


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