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James had extensive training and education in linguistics, psychology and education, with diplomas and degrees from Canada, Hong Kong, and the U.K. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Education Leadership and Policy and an Associate Director of the Joseph Lau Luen Hung Charitable Trust Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change of the Education University of Hong Kong.

Before his doctoral study, James was an EFL teacher for about 20 years and Discipline Master, School Guidance and Counselling Master, and Committee of ITE of a secondary school for ten years. He led several innovative projects in student discipline, counselling and guidance, social and emotional learning, curriculum development, teacher professional development, and organizational learning, receiving external funds from the Educational Department, ICAC and Citibank.

His current research focuses on educational leadership, school improvement, and educational effectiveness. He has been the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in more than 20 local and international research projects, including three projects funded by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. He collaborates with local academics and overseas researchers from the University of Oxford, University of Cyprus, University of Groningen, University of Nottingham, and the University of Helsinki.

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Educational effectiveness, educational leadership and educational management, teacher education, learning assessment, psycholinguistics, TESL, IT in education, learning disabilities, mixed methods methodology, data visualisation, learner analytics

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Scopus ID: 36739233700

ORCID: 0000-0001-7576-2286

ResearcherID: N-2940-2015


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  • Outstanding Paper Award Winner 2012

    KO, Yue On, James 高裕安 (Recipient), Jan 2012

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  • Outstanding Paper Winner

    CHENG, Yin Cheong 鄭燕祥 (Recipient), KO, Yue On, James 高裕安 (Recipient) & LEE, Tai Hoi, Theodore 李泰開 (Recipient), 18 May 2017

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