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Chinese Name: 葉蔭榮

Variants: Yip, Y. W. S.

Dr. Stephen YIP is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Education University Hong Kong. Before joining the university, he was the Chief Executive of the Curriculum Development Institute (CDI), (also titled as Principal Assistant Secretary of the Education Bureau, EDB) in the HKSAR Government (2013-16), taking the responsibility of curriculum development in Hong Kong primary and secondary schools as well as kindergartens. Throughout the serving period in CDI since 2002, Stephen, as the Chief Curriculum Development Officer and head of CDI, participated in a number of leadership roles to promote and review key policies related to whole person development, Life-wide Learning (LWL), Textbook Review, School Library services and the New Senior Secondary curriculum. He led the formulation of the subsequent curriculum reform impetus, sometimes known as ‘Learning to Learn 2.0+’ that advocates STEM education, values education and e-learning in schools.

Stephen worked as a secondary teacher and as a school advisor in several local education authorities in London UK for many years. His research publication, 'Getting Results: Study Support in Tower Hamlets' (1997), was recognised as a seminal literature to shape the national policy on Study Support and Out-of-school Hours Learning in the United Kingdom in the 1990s and 2000s. He actively participted in the National Evaluation of Study Support which was led by Professor John MacBeath from the University of Cambridge.

Stephen's main research interest is experiential learning (including community service) in schools, of which it is called 'Life-wide Learning' or 'Other Learning Experiences' (OLE) in Hong Kong contexts and he published many influential articles in major newspapers as well as in the EDB official website, promoting quality practices of OLE (or LWL). Out of his busy work life in the government, he managed to find time working as a part-time lecturer of MA Student Activities, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2007-13), teaching the module of 'Learning profiles and portfolios for whole person development' and gained recognitions for his outstanding teaching several times. He is now the Principal Investigator of the evaluation project run by the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, on the impact of experiential learning in the Big Education Platform (Education 2.1) since 2017. He also serves as the co-leader of the assessment panel of the EDB's Outstanding Teaching Award for Moral Education in Schools from 2017.

Stephen gained his PhD in education and MEd (Research route) degree from the University of Cambridge. He also has a joint honours degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London and was awarded Associateship of Royal College of Science.

Dr YIP is currently the Co-ordinator of Master of Education Programme - Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment strand at EdUHK. In partnership with Professor John LEE, Vice-President of EdUHK and the Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education at EdUHK, Dr Yip, as the Principal Investigator, leads the research project on "Moral and Life Education in Schools" (2018- present).


Research interests

  • Experiential Learning (including Other Learning Experiences, service learning)
  • Curriculum reform, policy and implementation
  • Whole person development and Values education in schools (e.g. moral and civic education)
  • Education and Curriculum Leadership in schools
  • Pedagogy, Approaches to learning, Learning habits

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葉蔭榮, 馮智政 & 朱勉, Apr 2019, 香港 : 香港政策研究所教育政策研究中心.

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葉蔭榮, Jul 2019, 《迎接未來的四大能力:家長與孩子一起踏上成功之路》. 石美寶, 李子建 & 姚偉梅 (eds.). 香港: 中華書局(香港)有限公司, p. 62-75

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapters

Students as learning experience designers: The effect of student-driven approaches in a Hong Kong study

ZOU, T. X. P., MICKLEBOROUGH, N. C., HO, S. S. M. & YIP, Y. W. S., Dec 2015, In : International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. 10, 3, p. 179-193

Research output: Contribution to journalArticles

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)