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Personal profile

Dr. CHOI Tae Hee is Associate Professor at the Department of Policy and Leadership and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She had also served as the President of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (2016-2018). She received her MA degree in Second Language Studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa, US, and her PhD in Education from King’s College London, UK.

Her current research focuses on the process and impact of educational policies/reforms in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly concerning English language education/language-in-education and those responding to neoliberal trends. She is currently teaching on BEd, MA and MTeach programmes, and supervising EdD/PhD students. Prospective EdD/PhD students who share research interests are welcome to contact her. Her scholarship and expertise in the field is recognised through international awards (e.g., Young Scholar Best Paper Awards, The Asia Pacific Educational Research Association), advisory-seeking (e.g., Asia Productivity Organisation of The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; Cambridge University Press), and Visiting Scholarship (e.g., University of Queensland, Australia; Strathclyde University, Scotland).

Previously she was a Visiting Lecturer (2010 – 2013), and a Visiting Senior Lecturer (2019) at King’s College London, UK; was a teacher educator and policy advisor (2005-2009) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher (1995-2009) in South Korea. She published about thirty EFL learning and teaching resources with Korean and international publishers, in addition to academic publications.

Research interests

My research interests:
  • Policy process and Language

- Interrelationship between policy/reform processes and language

- English language education or language-in-education

- Policy design, implementation and impact

  • Teacher development and change in a reform context
  • Comparative Education

* You can download my publications for free and get updates on my projects at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tae_Hee_Choi

Teaching Interests

I am currently teaching on BA/BEd, MA/MEd/MTeach, EdD/PhD degree programmes:

Modules I am currently teaching:

Teachers and Teaching in Context (BEd, co-course coordinator)

Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (MTeach, course coordinator)

Introduction to Research Methods (MEd)

Education Policy Studies: Approaches, analysis and implications (EdD, course coordinator)

Courses I have written or revised:

Courses developed:

BEd (Celebrating success and exploring issues of Hong Kong education: A comparative perspective)

MEd (Policy Planning and Change in Education)

EdD (Education Policy Studies: Approaches, analysis and implications)

A monthly research workshop for postgraduate students (MPhil/PhD/EdD) https://www.eduhk.hk/epl/en/research.php?s=rwr_meeting

Course revised:

BEd/Non-BEd (Teachers and Teaching in Context)

Mteach (Teacher Leadership and School Improvement)

Doctoral students:

Principal Supervisor:

KIM Jessica (PhD): English kindergarten in South Korea: Enacted policy on curriculum in comparison with General kindergarten (Candidacy)

POUDEL Prem Prasad (PhD): The Enactment of the Medium of Instruction Policy in Multilingual Nepal: Shapers, Interplays, and Tensions (Graduation: 2021; Assistant Professor, Tribhuvan University, Nepal)

Associate Supervisor:

HUM Chan (PhD): Multilevel Analysis of Human Resource Management and Performance of Public Universities: A Developing Country Study (Candidacy)

BELOVA Xeniya (PhD): Multilingual Policies and Practices in Tertiary Education: A Case Study in Hong Kong (Candidacy)

OANH Thieu Thi Hoang (PhD): An Investigation of Intercultural Competence Inclusion in EFL teaching: A Case Study in a University of Vietnam

KIGOZI Edward (PhD): Quality Assurance practices applied in Primary Teacher Training Colleges (PTTCs) in Uganda

Carman Ho (EdD): Developing people capital under the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme: A study of job satisfaction amongst kindergarten teachers in Hong Kong

LUK Ho Lun (EdD): The Motivation and Challenges of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) on Chinese Private Education: A Stakeholder Analytical Approach

ZHENG Cun (EdD): English-medium Instruction Policy on Undergraduate Programs in a Chinese University: Teachers’ Perspective (Graduation: 2019; Lecturer, Zhejiang Normal University, China)

External Appointments

Academic Services

Vice President Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (2021-2023) http://ceshk.edu.hku.hk/about-us/

Executive Committee Ordinary Member British Association of Applied Linguistics https://www.baal.org.uk/committee/

Membership Secretary (2016-2018) British Association of Applied Linguistics, Language Policy SIG

The International Academic Committee The Korean Educational Administration Society

Reviewer European Educational Research Association, Network 23 Policy Studies and Politics of Education (https://eera-ecer.de/networks/23-policy-studies-and-politics-of-education/convenors-and-reviewers/)

Visiting scholarship

The University of the Peloponnese, Greece 2022, Visiting Scholar [Month to be confirmed later]

King's College London, England July -August 2019, Visiting Senior Lecturer

University of Strathclyde, Scotland June 2019, Visiting Scholar

University of Queensland, Australia February 2019, Visiting Scholar


Critical Studies in Education (Guest Editor)

International Journal of Comparative Education and Development (Associate Editor)

Editorial committee member

Journal of Education Policy (https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/tedp20)

Educational Research Journal (Hong Kong Educational Research Association)

Pan-pacific Association of Applied Linguistics Journal

World Voices Nexus (World Council of Comparative Education Societies)

The Journal of Asia TEFL (Asia TEFL)

Beijing International Education Review

Harran Education Journal

The Educational Research for Tomorrow (Institute for Educational Research, Yonsei University)

Advisory Board

The Oxford/London Symposia

Korea English Language Testing Association

Reviewer for international peer refereed journals, including:

-Journal of Education Policy, Taylor & Francis ISSN: 0268-0939;

-Language Policy, SpringerISSN: 1568-4555;

-Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, ISSN: 0159-6306 

-Journal of Educational Administration, Emerald,ISSN: 0957-8234;

-System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, Elsevier ISSN: 0346-251X;

-The Journal of Asia TEFL, The Asian Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, ISSN: 1738-3102;

- Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, ISSN: 1464-9373.

Other Services


Asian Productivity Organisation (The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) Educational policy processes and reforms

Cambridge University Press English language teaching for South Korean learners

Hong Kong College of Technology English & Korean Disciplines

University of Battambang (Cambodia) Research and Development Center Research Policy

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