Wing Yee Lo

PhD candidate

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Research project description

In Hong Kong, primary mathematics education underwent curriculum reform in 2000. The revised primary mathematics curriculum places a stronger emphasis on developing students’ higher-order thinking skills and lifelong learning abilities. Pre-service teachers are expected to acquire mathematical competencies to facilitate the changes of curriculum reform. However, their knowledge and beliefs can significantly influence their potential to understand and implement the required reform. This study investigated Hong Kong pre-service primary teachers’ curriculum knowledge, mathematical content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and their mathematical beliefs to deepen our understanding of the factors that may influence their implementation of a new curriculum agenda. Data were collected in three stages and involved three qualitative research methods including questionnaires, interviews, and lesson plan analyses. Survey research was conducted with 152 pre-service primary teachers in a teacher education program in Hong Kong. Nineteen questionnaire respondents were interviewed and nine lesson plans were collected. The data from three interviewees who held different views about mathematics teaching and learning were further analysed as cases to explore the consistency of the knowledge and beliefs across the data collection methods.



Thesis work

Project title Degree Supervisor
The mathematical knowledge and beliefs of pre-service primary teachers in Hong Kong. PhD Associate Professor Judy Anderson
The mathematical knowledge and beliefs of pre-service primary teachers in Hong Kong. (Associate supervisor) PhD Associate Professor Janette Bobis


Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Lo, W. Y. (2009). Understanding and attitudes towards moral and civic education among primary school teachers in Hong Kong. Asian Social Science, 5(7), 3–17.

Conference papers