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Chinese Name : 蘇詠梅

Variants : So, W. M. W.

Prof. So has been working in science teacher education since the 1990s. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Science and Environmental Studies and the Director of the Centre for Education in Environmental Sustainability. She has rich experience in teaching undergraduate, postgraduate diploma, Master of Education, Doctor of Education and PhD programmes, in the areas of STEM education, Science & Environmental Education, General Studies and Liberal Studies.

Prof. So’s main research areas are: STEM education, inquiry learning in science and environmental education, integrating Information Technology and teacher development in Science/ General Studies/ Liberal Studies. She has been the principal investigator of various research projects funded by the General Research Fund, Public Policy Research Fund, Quality Education Fund and the Education Bureau. Prof. So has extensive academic articles, chapters, books and multimedia publications. She is now on the editorial board of the South African Journal of Education and the Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, and as reviewer for several international journals.

Internationally, she was the President of the Asia Pacific Educational research Association (APERA) during 2014-2016, a serving executive member of the World Education Research Association (WERA) and the East Asian Science Education Association (EASE) till 2016. She has rich experience in organizing/hosting various educational and science education conference, including the Asia Pacific Educational Conference, the Global Chinese Conference on Science Education as well as the East Asia in science Education.

Locally, she has been appointed member of the Humanities and Social Science Panel of the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong since 2011, the member of the steering committee of the TIMSS since 2013, member of the Assessment Working Group of the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2012/2013), member of the Science Museum Advisory panel, Home Affairs since 2014, member of the Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee, Environment Bureau since 2014, member of Endangered Species Advisory Committee since 2016, member of the Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education since 2014, co-opted member of the Scientific Sub-committee (SSC) of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation since 2017. She has been serving as a member of the Curriculum Development Council since the 2000s (Science Education and Liberal Studies since 2010 and General Studies in the 2000s). She has also contributed to school management of local schools. Prof. So has been the executive member of the Hong Kong Educational Research Association for more than 10 years. She is also the convenor of a large scale inter-school event “Primary STEM Project Exhibition” since 1998.

Research interests

  • STEM education
  • Inquiry Learning in Science/ General Studies/ Liberal Studies
  • Integrating IT in Science/ General Studies/ Liberal Studies
  • Teacher Development in Science/ General Studies/ Liberal Studies

Professional information

Scopus ID : 8559812200

ORCID : 0000-0003-3376-523X

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Research Outputs

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • The influence of school entry skills in literacy and numeracy on the science achievement of fourth grade students and schools in Asian regions

    CHEN, Y., GUO, C-J., LIM, K. M., MUN, K-J., OTSUJI, H., PARK, Y-S., SORRELL, D. & SO, W. M. W., Jul 2020, In : Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. 16, 9, em1877.

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