How do General Studies teachers cope with the change of teaching mode under COVID-19?

Ka Yee YAU

Research output: ThesisHonours Projects (HP)


The effectiveness of online teaching has been a heated topic in recent years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools in Hong Kong adopted online teaching mode and teachers were forced to teach in online mode. There are also some studies that mentioned the negative effects of having online lessons during COVID-19 like limited class interactions, online resources, and an unfavorable learning environment at home. However, no research has been done locally to examine how teachers cope with the transformation of teaching mode in General Studies under the pandemic. This research study aims at investigating challenges that General Studies teachers faced and how they adapt to the sudden change of teaching mode under the pandemic, particularly in the field of General Studies curriculum. Hence, it is vital to find out the challenges that General Studies teachers face in delivering online classes which involve preparation for online teaching, teaching challenges during lessons and the assessment of student’s performance in classes. Qualitative approach research has been implemented, in which 6 local in-service teachers with more than four years of teaching experience in General Studies or STEM Education were interviewed individually to find out the challenges faced with the transformation of the teaching mode. With more teaching experiences in pre-pandemic and post-pandemic, questions related to coping strategies were asked to gather valuable information on how to improve students’ learning performance. Although there are different research presenting the disadvantages of having online courses, it is still crucial to investigate any changes of views from teachers after COVID-19. The interviewees also provide their insight on whether General Studies teachers see online learning as a useful tool in the post- COVID-19 era. Their viewpoints and experiences would be used as the authentic source of knowledge in this study. The findings provide valuable insights for educators in Hong Kong, particularly for those who teach General Studies and STEM on how to use different approaches in mixed modes of teaching to boost students’ learning motivation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationBachelor of Education (Honours)
  • CHEUNG, Tommy 張樂樂, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Primary) – General Studies and Mathematics (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B058GS
  • Course code: INS4909


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