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Chinese name: 鮑勃

Variants: Adamson, B., Adamson, R. B., Adamson, R. D.

Bob Adamson is UNESCO Chairholder in TVET and Lifelong Learning, Chair Professor of Curriculum Reform and Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development. Formerly, he was Director of the UNEVOC Centre (Hong Kong) and of the Comparative Education Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong. He is the former President of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong. He has taught in schools, colleges and universities in France, Wales, England, mainland China, Australia and Hong Kong.

Bob publishes in the fields of English language teaching, teacher education, comparative education, curriculum studies and higher education. His books include Trilingualism in education in China: models and challenges (co-edited with Anwei Feng, 2015), China’s English: a history of English in Chinese education (2004),  Curriculum, schooling and society in Hong Kong (co-authored with Paul Morris, 2010), Assessment reform in education (co-edited with Rita Berry, 2011), The reorientation of higher education: challenging the East-West dichotomy (co-edited with Jon Nixon and Feng Su, 2012), and Comparative education research: approaches and methods (co-edited with Mark Bray and Mark Mason, 2007, 2014)—a work translated into eight languages to date.

Bob has also written more than fifty textbooks for primary and secondary schools and was part of the curriculum development team that produced the Junior English for China and Senior English for China textbook series, which were used by approximately 400 million students. He has served as a Consultant to the People's Education Press in the Ministry of Education, China, for more than 25 years.

In 2013, he was awarded the title of "Kunlun Expert" (昆仑学者) by the Qinghai Provincial Government in the People’s Republic of China in recognition of his 30 years' work in Chinese education, particularly in minority education in Qinghai.  

Research interests

Principal Investigator (Hong Kong), ‘Hong Kong as a Source for Education Policy in England: Rhetoric and Reality’ Funded by Economic and Social Research Council /Research Grants Council Joint Research Scheme (HK$395,232).

Principal Investigator, ‘Models of trilingual education in ethnic minority regions of China’ (2012-14) Funded by Hong Kong Research Grants Council (HK$800,822)

Principal Investigator, ‘Curriculum, schooling and society in Hong Kong’ (2008-09)

Funded by Hong Kong Institute of Education Internal Research Grant (HK$64,750)

Bob Adamson has published more than 100 academic books, book chapters and journal articles. 

Professional information

ORCID : 0000-0001-6747-0195

Scopus ID: 7006173287

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Research Outputs 1995 2019

English in a Mongolian ethnic minority primary school

YI, Y. & ADAMSON, R. D., 2019, Multilingual education yearbook 2019: Media of instruction & multilingual settings. LIYANAGE, I. & WALKER, T. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 175-188

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national minority
primary school
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Language policies in education in the People's Republic of China

FENG, A. & ADAMSON, R. D., 2019, The Routledge international handbook of language education policy in Asia. KIRKPATRICK, A. & LIDDICOAT, A. J. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 45-59

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Linguistic landscape and social equality in an ethnic tourism village in Guizhou, China

SHAN, F., ADAMSON, R. D. & LIU, C., 2019, Education, ethnicity and equity in the multilingual Asian context. GUBE, J. & GAO, F. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 51-67

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political influence
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