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Dr. Ma is currently the Head of Department of Health and Physical Education.

Dr Ada Ma is an ‘all-round’ Home Economist who has provided excellent teaching for various areas of study including Food, Textiles, Family and Technology and Living (T&L) Education of T&L programs for 15 years (1994-2009) and she was the awardee of the Teaching Awards of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2010-11, the nominee of the 2012 UGC Teaching Award and the awardee of the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching 2012-13. As a Home Economics educator, her major role is to develop reflective capabilities among the student-teachers as well as to encourage them to address those issues that impact on every human existence, including basic survival needs, social and emotional needs and issues related to the economics, political and environmental needs of individual, families, and society through Home Economics Education.

Health Education and Home Economics share the same core value, that is, ‘well-being’ is the focus of study. With her transferrable creative teaching skills and potential research capabilities, Dr Ma has successfully transformed to be a health educator and served the Bachelor of Health Education (Honours) Programme as Programme Leader since 2011-15. She is currently teaching Health Education with a focus on school health for both full-time and part-time undergraduate programmes. As a health educator, her major role is to foster graduates to be self-reliant and lifelong learners that model healthy behaviors both personally and professionally. Dr Ma was also the licensed Basic Life Support Instructor (2010-2017).

Dr. Ma is interested in various research areas such as health education and promotion, computer-supported collaborative learning, lifelong learning, curriculum innovations, assessment and textiles education. She has participated actively in various academic activities ranging from publication of newspaper articles, teaching manuals, CD-Rom, learning websites, referred conference proceedings, book chapters and referred journals to being a research investigator of internal and external funded projects.

Research interests

Health Education, Health Promotion, School Health, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Web-based Learning, Life-long Learning, Curriculum Innovations, Assessments, Textiles Education

External Appointments

Dr. Ma has participated actively in professional and community services relating to the discipline as well, such as reviewer of various international referred journals, reviewer/program committee member of international referred conferences, consultant of secondary school programs both in HK and overseas, and facilitator of workshops/seminars for secondary school teachers.

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