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Chinese Name: 鄧怡勳

Variants: Tang, S. Y. F.

Professor Sylvia Tang graduated from The University of Hong Kong and received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Distinction) and a Master of Education. She obtained her PhD at the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK.

Before working in teacher education, Professor Tang was a secondary school teacher in Hong Kong. She began working in teacher education at the Northcote College of Education and has been a long-serving member of The Education University of Hong Kong. Professor Tang has extensive experience in the field of tertiary teaching and has taught in undergraduate, postgraduate diploma, Master of Education and Doctor of Education programmes; as well as professional development programmes for teachers and school principals in the areas of teacher education and development and qualitative approaches to educational research. In her role as Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) at the Faculty of Education and Human Development, Professor Tang has spearheaded the Faculty’s Leaders of Learning scheme. This capacity building initiative galvanises Teaching Track staff across the Faculty to work collaboratively on important learning-focused projects such as eLearning, experiential learning, pastoral care and Capstone experience.

Professor Tang’s research interests cover various aspects of teacher education and development, including initial teacher education; student teachers’ learning and professional competence; teachers’ continuing professional development; and mentoring. She has published extensively in internationally renowned journals, and has published book chapters on teacher education. Currently, she serves on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Teacher Education as well as Teaching and Teacher Education.

Professor Tang has been actively engaging in serving the teaching profession in Hong Kong. She was a member of the Special Meetings on Review of Teacher Competencies Framework, and the Committee on Professional Development of Teachers and Principals from 2014 to 2016. She was also a member of the Advisory Management Committee, Hong Kong Teachers’ Centre from 2016 to 2020.

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Initial teacher education, Student teachers’ learning and professional competence, Continuing professional development and mentoring for teachers

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