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Chinese name: 李子建

Variants: Lee, J., Lee, C. K. J., Lee, J. C. K.

Professor John C. K. Lee, JP, Vice President (Academic) and Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, joined The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) [formerly known as The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd)] since 2010. He is also the Director of the Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education (CRSE), Co-Director (Research) of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Co-Director of the Centre for Education in Environmental Sustainability (CEES). He is also UNESCO Chair in Regional Education Development and Lifelong Learning.

He was Dean of Education and Professor of Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Professor Lee was also the Director of the Centre for University and School Partnership and had served as a Fellow of United College and Morningside College at CUHK. He had worked as a secondary school teacher and a Lecturer at the Sir Robert Black College of Education.

Professor Lee graduated from The University of Hong Kong and received his MSc degree from the University of Oxford, MA (Ed.) and PhD degrees as well as a Diploma in Education (with distinction) from CUHK. His research interests focus on curriculum and instruction, geographical and environmental education, and school improvement. He is active in leading and securing education research and development projects and has a solid track record in securing external grants. One of his projects, The "Accelerated Schools for Quality Education Project", has won the Quality Education Fund Outstanding Project Award in 2008. He has served as the Regional Editor (Asia-Pacific) of Educational Research and Evaluation and Executive Editor of Teachers and Teaching as well as editorial board members or advisory editors of many local, regional and international journals. He is also a prolific writer who has edited and written more than 25 books, and published over 100 journal articles and book chapters.

Professor Lee has actively participated in education and social service in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas. He served as the Team Leader of World Bank Consultancy Team of the "Capacity Building for Lead Teacher Training Universities" project under the Enhancing Teacher Education Programme in Vietnam, UNESCO consultant of an environmental education project in China, an executive governing board member of International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement and a technology support committee member of International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, and has served as board members of Geography Teaching Research Association, China Educational Association and the Chinese Association of Higher Education. He has also held many visiting/guest/adjunct professorships at universities overseas and in Mainland China. He is the Changjiang Chair Professor conferred by the Ministry of Education, the People's Republic of China.


Research interests

Curriculum and instruction theories and their applications to language education, values education and early childhood education; Environmental Education; Geographical Education; School Improvement and School-University Partnerships; Teacher Development; the Use of Teaching Resources; and Educational Evaluation.

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Research Outputs

  • Conclusion: Religious education as a regional influence on life and values education in Asia

    LEE, C. K. J. & KENNEDY, K. J., Aug 2020, Religious education in Asia: Spiritual diversity in globalized times. KENNEDY, K. J. & LEE, C. K. J. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 181-193

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapters

  • Emotional trajectory at different career stages: Two excellent teachers’ stories

    CHEN, J., LEE, C. K. J. & DONG, J., 09 Jun 2020, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 11, 1034.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticles

  • Green school movements: An introduction

    GOUGH, A., LEE, C. K. J. & TSANG, P. K. E., 2020, Green schools globally: Stories of impact on education for sustainable development. GOUGH, A., LEE, J. C-K. & TSANG, E. P. K. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 1-9

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapters