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Dr Maurice M W Cheng

Maurice M W Cheng

Associate Professor

Qualifications: B.Pharm., P.C.Ed., M.Ed. (H.K.), PhD (Lond.)

Research Interests

Teaching and learning of science; drawing and diagrams for science learning; conceptual change; visual and verbal representations

Journal articles and book chapters:

  1. Oon, P. T., Cheng, M. M. W., & Wong, A. S. L. (2020). Gender differences in attitude towards science: Methodology for prioritising contributing factors. International Journal of Science Education, 42(1), 89-112.
  2. Cheng, M. M. W. (2018). Students’ visualisation of chemical reactions – insights into the particle model and the atomic model. Chemical Education Research and Practice, 19(1), 227-239. (click here)
  3. Cheng, M. M. W., & Gilbert, J. K. (2017). Modelling students’ visualisation of chemical reaction. International Journal of Science Education, 39(9), 1173-1193.
  4. Cheng, M. W. M., & Oon, P.-T. (2016). Understanding metallic bonding: Structure, process and interaction by Rasch analysis. International Journal of Science Education38(12), 1923-1944.
  5. Cheng, M. M. W., & Gilbert, J. K. (2015). Students’ visualization of diagrams representing the human circulatory system: The use of spatial isomorphism and representational conventions. International Journal of Science Education37(1), 136-161
  6. Cheng, M. M. W., & Gilbert, J. K. (2014). Teaching stoichiometry with particulate diagrams - linking macro phenomena and chemical equations. In B. Eilam & J. K. Gilbert (Eds.), Science teachers' use of visual representations (pp. 123-142). Dordrecht: Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
  7. Cheng, M. M. W., & Gilbert, J. K. (2014). Students' visualization of metallic bonding and the malleability of metals. International Journal of Science Education. 36(8), 1373-1407
  8. Lee, R., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2014). The relationship between teaching and learning of chemical bonding and strcutures. In C. Bruguière, A. Tiberghien & P. Clément (Eds.), Topics and trends in current science education (pp. 403-417). Dordrecht: Springer.
  9. Cheng, M. M. W., Wong, K. L., Lee, A. M. S., & Mok, I. A. C. (2013). Quantitative literacy in science communication. In J. K. Gilbert & S. M. Stocklmayer (Eds.), Communication and engagement with science and technology: Issues and dilemmas (pp. 110-129). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  10. Yung, B. H. W., Zhu, Y., Wong, S. L., Cheng, M. M. W., & Lo, F. Y. (2013). Teachers' and students' conceptions of good science teaching. International Journal of Science Education, 35(14), 2435-2461.
  11. Wong, A. S. L., Cheng, M. M. W., & Yip, V. W. Y. (2012). Scientific models in the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) research and in the biology curriculum. In D. F. Treagust & C.-Y. Tsui (Eds.), Multiple representations in biological education(pp. 225-243). Dordrecht; London: Springer.
  12. Chan, L. K., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2011). An analysis of the educational value of low-fidelity anatomy models as external representations. Anatomical Sciences Education, 4(5), 256-263.
  13. Wong, A.S.L., Wan, Z. & Cheng, M.M.W. (2011) Learning nature of science through socioscientific issues, in: T. D. Sadler (Ed.) Socio-scientific Issues in the Classroom: Teaching, Learning and Research. (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.), 245-270.
  14. Wong, S. L., Yung, B. H. W., Day, J. R., Cheng, M. M. W., Yam, Y. H., & Mak, S.-Y. (2011). Enhancing students' understanding of the nature of science and the interconnection between science, technology and society through innovative teaching and learning activities. In M. M. H. Cheng & W. W. M. So (Eds.), Science education in international contexts (pp. 83-100). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publisher.
  15. Wong, S.L., Yung, B.H.W. & Cheng, M.M.W. (2010) A blow to a decade of effort on promoting teaching of nature of science, in: Y.-J. Lee (Ed.) World of Science Education: Science Education Research in Asia. (Rotterdam; Boston), 259-276.
  16. Cheng, M.M.W. (2010) Hong Kong, in: B. Risch (Ed.) Teaching Chemistry around the World. (Münster: Waxmann), 91-110.
  17. Cheng, M.W., Wong, S.L., Yung, H.W.B. & Hodson, D. (2010) Mediating inquiry: using videos of exemplary teaching in pre-service teacher education, in: O. Kwo (Ed.) Teachers as Learners: Critical Discourse on Challenges and Opportunities. (Hong Kong: Comparative Education Research Centre, University of Hong Kong; Springer), 109-131.
  18. Cheng, M. & Gilbert, J.K. (2009) Towards a better utilization of diagrams in research into the use of representational levels in chemical education, in: J.K. Gilbert & D. Treagust (Eds) Multiple Representations in Chemical Education. (Dordrecht: Springer), 55-73.
  19. Yung B.H.W., Wong A.S.L., Cheng M.W., Lo F.Y. and Hodson D. (2008) Preparing students for examination: a divided view between teachers' and students' conceptions of good science teaching, in Y-J. Lee & A-L. Tan (Eds) Science Education at the Nexus of Theory and Practice. (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers), 179-199.
  20. Yung B.H.W., Wong A.S.L., Cheng M.W., Hui C.S. and Hodson D. (2007) Tracking pre-service teachers' changing conceptions of good science teaching: the role of progressive reflection with the same video, Research in Science Education, 37(3), 239-259.
  21. Wong, S.L., Yung, B.H.W., Cheng, M.W., Lam, K.L. & Hodson, D. (2006) Setting the stage for developing pre-service teachers' conceptions of good science teaching: the role of classroom videos. International Journal of Science Education, 28(1), 1-24.
  22. Cheng, M.W. (2006) Learning from students' performance in chemistry-related questions, in Yung, B.H.W. (ed.) Learning from TIMSS: Implications for Teaching and Learning Science at the Junior Secondary Level, Hong Kong: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, pp.51-74.
  23. Cheng, M.W., Yung, B.H.W., Wong, S.L. (2006) Gender differences in students' performance, in Yung, B.H.W. (ed.) Learning from TIMSS: Implications for Teaching and Learning Science at the Junior Secondary Level, Hong Kong: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, pp.51-74.
  24. Yung, B.H.W., Wong, S.L. & Cheng, M.W. (2004) A curriculum innovation focusing on student teachers' developing conceptions of good science teaching. Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Teaching and Learning. 4(2).

Conference papers:

  1. Cheng, M. M. W., & Wong, Y. C. (2019). A spectrum-like model for students’ understanding of science: A case in chemical reaction. Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference, Bologna, Italy, 26th - 30th August.
  2. Chan, A. K. L., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2019). How do students balance a chemical equation for the first time? Spontaneous uses of drawing and symbolism. Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference, Bologna, Italy, 26th - 30th August.
  3. Leung, J. S. C., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2019). Conceptual change in socioscientific issues: Learning of obesity. Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference, Bologna, Italy, 26th - 30th August.
  4. Leung, P. K. Y., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2019). Practical work or simulations? Voices from generation Z. Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference, Bologna, Italy, 26th - 30th August.
  5. Sin, R. K. H., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2019). Is mechanics or wave more challenging for students? Self-concepts and styles of scientific reasoning? Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference, Bologna, Italy, 26th - 30th August.
  6. Galvez, G. D., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2019). Cultivating Filipino students’ submicroscopic understanding of chemical reactions via sketching and feedback synergism. Paper presented at the Philippine Association of Chemistry Teachers National Convention, Manila, The Philippines, 1st - 3rd August.
  7. Cheng, M. M. W. (2019). Towards a ‘spectrum’ view of students’ understandings. Paper presented at the Australasia Science Education Research Association (ASERA) Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2nd - 5th July.
  8. Tufail, I., Eames, C., Buntting, C., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2019). One teacher’s enactment of pck in a secondary chemistry classroom. Paper presented at the Australasia Science Education Research Association (ASERA) Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2nd - 5th July.
  9. Cheng, M. M. W. (2019). Beyond literacy: Assessing science learning through drawing. Paper presented at the New Zealand Assessment Institute National Seminar, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 15th April.
  10. Cheng, M. M. W. (2018). Drawing as thinking – transferring artists' practice into science classrooms. Paper presented at LCL x Science/Math Education Seminar Series, Simon Fraser University (as an invited speaker), Vancouver, Canada, 18th - 21st September.
  11. Cheng, M. M. W. (2018). Two models of chemical reactions. Paper presented at the 25th IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education (as an invited speaker), Sydney, Australia, 10th July - 14th July.
  12. Wong, Y. C., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2018). Students’ representations of chemical reactions: Does the type of chemical equations matter? Paper presented at the 25th IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education, Sydney, Australia, 10th July - 14th July.
  13. Cheng, M. M. W., Danielsson, K., Lo, Y. Y., & Lin, A. M. Y. (2018). How far can multimodal teaching go in science teaching?Paper presented at the International Science Education Conference, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 19th June - 21st June.
  14. Leung, K. Y., Lee, A. M. S., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2018). The making of a Master of Education (Teaching Science in International Contexts) programme - alignment with IB philosophy. Paper presented at the IB Educator Certificate University Conference University of Bath, England, 18th June - 20th June.
  15. Cheng, M. M. W., & Gilbert, J. K. (2017). Modelling students’ progression in chemical reactions. Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 21st August - 25th August.
  16. Cheng, M. M. W. (2016). Strategies for introducing the particle view of matters: Cognitive conflicts, practical activities, multiple representations and assessment for learning. Invited presentation at the East-Asian Association for Science Education Conference (Tokyo, Japan) 26th-28th August.
  17. Xu, Z., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2016). Investigating high school students' chemistry representation competence (CRC) - understanding properties and structures of covalent substances. Paper presented at the East-Asian Association for Science Education Conference (Tokyo, Japan), 26th - 28th August.
  18. Cheng, M. M. W., & Gilbert, J. K. (2015). Developing an understanding of different models of metals – a longitudinal study. Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference (Helsinki, Finland) 31st August - 4th September.
  19. Cheng, M. M. W. (2013). Students' visualization of metallic bonding and the malleability of metals. Paper presented at the Gordon Research Conference - Visualization in Science and Education (Providence, Rhode Island) 21st - 26th July.
  20. Cheng, M. M. W. (2013). Symposium: Teaching chemistry in Hong Kong classrooms. Symposium presented at the East-Asian Association for Science Education Conference, Hong Kong, 4th - 6th July.
  21. Chan, K. Y., & Cheng, M. M. W. (2013). Problems and solutions of learning scientific investigation in junior secondary science.Paper presented at the East-Asian Association for Science Education Conference, Hong Kong, 4th - 6th July.
  22. Lee, R. & Cheng, M.M.W. (2011) An evaluation of students' learning from a model-based teaching of chemical bonding. Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference (Lyon, France) 5th September - 9th September.
  23. Lee, R. & Cheng, M.M.W. (2010) An evaluation on the teaching and learning of chemical bonding and structure. Paper presented at the 21st International Conference on Chemical Education (Taipei, Taiwan) 8th-13th August.
  24. Cheng, M.M.W. & Gilbert, J.K. (2009) On the potential of dual coding theory in research into students' visualization of science. Paper presented at the International Conference of East-Asian Science Education (Taipei, Taiwan) 21st - 23rd October.
  25. Cheng, M.M.W. & Gilbert, J. K. (2009) Case studies of students' visualization of science – a dual coding perspective. Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference (Istanbul, Turkey) 31st August - 4th September.
  26. Cheng, M.M.W., Wong, A.S.L., & Yung, B.H.W. (2008). Students' understanding of scientific models: the impact of teaching on the nature of models. Plenary presented at the Chemical Education Forum, Beijing Normal University. 25th - 27th October.
  27. Wong A.S.L., Yung B.H.W. and Cheng M.W. (2008) Infusing the teaching about nature of science and the interconnection of science-technology-society-environment in the teaching of science. Paper presented at the Conference of Asian Science Education (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), 20th-23rd February.
  28. Cheng, M.W. & Gilbert, J.K. (2007) Towards a better utilization of diagrams in science educational research. Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference (Malmö, Sweden) 21st-25th August.
  29. Cheng, M.W., Wong, S.L. & Yung, B.H.W. (2007) Students' understanding of scientific models in different contexts: the impact of teaching on the nature of models. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual Meeting (New Orleans, United States), 15th-18th April.
  30. Wong, S.L., Cheng, M.W. & Yung, B.H.W. (2007) Professional development for teaching of the nature of science - what works best for in-service science teachers?. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual Meeting (New Orleans, United States), 15th-18th April.
  31. Yung, H.W.B., Lo, F.Y., Wong, S.L., Cheng, M.W. & Hodson, D. (2007) Investigating teachers' and students' conceptions of good science teaching through a video-based survey instrument. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual Meeting (New Orleans, United States), 15th-18th April.
  32. Wong A.S.L., Yung B.H.W. & Cheng M.W. (2006) Professional training for the teaching of the nature of science - What works best, Paper presented at the International Science Education Conference (Singapore), 22th-24th November.
  33. Yung, H.W.B., Wong, S.L.A., Cheng, M.W. & Hodson, D. (2006) Tracking Changes in Student Teachers' Conception of Good Science Teaching: Progressive Reflection on the Same Videos. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual Meeting (San Francisco, United States), 3rd-6th April.
  34. Wong, S.L., Yung, B.H.W., Day, J., Cheng, M.W., Lam, K.L., Yam, E., Mak, S.Y. (2005) Enhancing senior secondary students' understanding of the nature of science and the interconnection between science, technology and society through innovative teaching and learning activities. Paper presented at the Conference on Research and Practices in Science Education (Hong Kong), 16th-17th December.
  35. Yung, H.W.B., Wong, S.L., & Cheng, M.W. (2005) Exploring Issues on Gender Differences in Science Achievement: A Case Study of Hong Kong. Paper presented at The First International Conference on Asian Comparative Education: The Outcomes of TIMSS /PIERS and Their Contextual Meaning (Taipei, Taiwan) 9th-12th November.
  36. Cheng, M.W. (2005) Comparative Education in Mainland China: The Progress of Localization. Paper presented at The Second Worldwide Forum for Comparative Education (Beijing, China) 22nd-24th August.
  37. Yung B.H.W., Wong A.S.L., Cheng M.W. & Hodson D. (2005) Developing student teachers' conception of good science teaching prior to formal teacher education, Paper presented at the AERA Annual Meeting, (Montreal, Canada) 11th-15th, April.
  38. Yung, H.W.B., Wong, S.L.A., Cheng, M.W. & Hodson, D. (2005) Tracking Changes in Student Teachers' Conceptions of Good Science Teaching. Paper presented at the NARST Annual Meeting (Dallas, TX, United States), 4th-7th April.
  39. Cheng, M.W. (2004) Comparative Education in Mainland China: a Survey of Practitioners. Paper presented at the 12th World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (Havana, Cuba) 25th-29th October.
  40. Wong, S.L., Yung, B.H.W., & Cheng, M.W. (2004) Impact of Reviewing Videos of Exemplary Science Teaching on Pre-Service Teachers' Conception of Good Science Teaching. Paper presented at the 49th International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET) World Assembly, Hong Kong, 13th-16th July.

Research projects:

  1. Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019 (Co-I: Cheng, M.M.W, PI: Leung, FKS. EDB, 12 April 2017 - 31 March 2022, HK$7,965,570)
  2. Understanding models of the nanoscale structure of metals – learning progression in senior secondary chemistry (Sole Investigator: Cheng, M.M.W.. GRF/ECS, Sept 2014 - Aug 2017, $528,792)
  3. Students' visualization of chemical reactions - a cross age study (Sole Investigator: Cheng, M.M.W.. Small Project Funding, Mar 2013 - July 2014, $78,800)
  4. A survey of students' mental representation of metallic bonding (Sole Investigator: Cheng, M.M.W.. Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research, Mar 2012 - Feb 2013, $110,958)
  5. Visualization in learning science - students' understanding of 2D representations (Sole Investigator: Cheng, M.M.W.. Faculty Research Fund, 15th & 16th rounds: 2008-2009, Faculty of Education, HKU, $32,000).
  6. Comparative Education in mainland China (Sole Investigator: Cheng, M.M.W.. Faculty Research Fund, 4th round: 2004 - 2005, Faculty of Education, HKU, $10,332).
  7. Teachers' and students' conceptions of 'good' science teaching (Principal investigator: Yung, B.H.W; Co-investigators: Wong, S.L. & Cheng, M.M.W.. Competitive Earmarked Research Grant, RGC, Jan 2005 - June 2006, HK$298,200).
  8. Prospective junior secondary science teachers' conceptions of 'good' science teaching (Principal investigator: Yung, B.H.W; Co-investigators: Wong, S.L. & Cheng, M.M.W.. Small Project Funding, Sept 2003 - Aug 2004, HK$52,000).

Teaching & learning related projects, and KE projects:

  1. Promoting Assessment for Learning in Junior Secondary Science through Identifying Students' Learning Difficulties from Secondary Analysis of TIMSS and Refining Classroom Learning and Teaching Practices (Co-investigator. Education Bureau, Hong Kong Government SAR, Nov 2012 - Feb 2015, HK$1,416,700)
  2. Visualizing chemical bonding – bridging the macroscopic phenomena and the submicroscopic representation (Sole Investigator: Cheng, M.M.W.. Knowledge Exchange Fund Allocation for Impact Project. Nov 2011 - Jun 2012, $78,000)
  3. Making sense of science-related social issues (Co-investigator. Common Core Teaching Development Grant, Feb 2011 - Dec, 2013, HK$100,000)
  4. Preparing teachers for teaching about science in the New Senior Science Curriculum – A dual approach (Co-investigator. Quality Education Fund, Sept 2008 - Aug 2010, HK$1,933,900) 
  5. Enhancing senior secondary students' understanding of nature of science and the interconnection between science, technology, society and environment (STSE) through innovative teaching and learning activities (Co-investigator. Quality Education Fund. Sept 2005 - Aug 2007. HK$2,173,000) 
  6. Promoting assessment for learning in Junior Secondary Science through secondary analysis of the Hong Kong Study of the TIMSS 2007 on Science (co-investigator. Education Bureau, Hong Kong Government SAR, Nov 2010 - Jan 2012, HK$499,000)
  7. Developing student teachers' conceptions of good science teaching (Principal investigator: Yung, B.H.W; Co-investigators: Wong, S.L. & Cheng, M.M.W..Teaching Development Grant, HKU. Jan 2004 - Dec 2004, $100,000)
  8. Secondary Analysis of the Hong Kong Study of the TIMSS 2003 on Science (Principal investigator: Yung, B.H.W; Co-investigators: Wong, S.L. & Cheng, M.M.W.. Education and Manpower Bureau, HK Government, 2005 - 2006).

Paper reviewer:

  1. International Journal of Science Education (Editorial Board member since 2014)
  2. Science Education
  3. Chemical Education Research and Practice
  4. Science & Education
  5. International Journal of Mathematics and Science Education (Science Editorial Board member since 2020)
  6. Journal of Biological Education
  7. 2011 European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference (Lyon, France)

Keywords

Education Research; Learning in Science and Technology; Science Education