RESEARCH IMPACT CASE
Positive Education Laboratory
Positive education laboratory, consisting of colleagues from the social work, counselling, and psychology disciplines, was established in 2015. The laboratory aims to promote positive education for students, parents, teachers in schools and social welfare agencies. The ultimate goal is to enhance wellbeing of people so as to help them attain a flourishing life.
Based on Professor Martin Seligman’s framework on character strengths, positive emotions, relationship, engagement, accomplishment, and meaning of life, we adopt a six-step learning pedagogy “learn”, “live”, “reflect”, “conceptualize”, “apply” and “embed” to conduct whole school / agency positive education.
The laboratory has been providing services to over 300 pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools in Hong Kong. We provide school support, student curriculum and school activities, professional development for teachers, parent education, and community services. Examples include: (1) Designing of positive education curriculum, assisting school activities like school assembly and leadership training, (2) Conducting teaching training, lesson preparation, observation, and debriefing, (3) Giving parenting talks, workshops, organizing parenting groups, family activities, (4) Providing consultation on school policy, school development plan, teacher and student assessment and evaluation, (5) Promoting positive education in the community.
We also have service and research collaboration with different social welfare agencies, e.g. Caritas Social Services, St. James Settlement, Mental Health Association, BGCA, ELCHK, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, HK Rhenish Church Synod Social Services, and business corporations such as MTR Corporation Limited. We have received funding from different sources such as General Research Fund, Public Policy Research Fund, Quality Education Fund, UGC teaching and learning related fund, Bei Shan Tang Foundation, Yan Tak Charity Fund Limited, Wofoo Charity Fund, and MTR Corporation Limited. Our projects have won the UGC Teaching Award (Team) in 2021, Teaching Innovation Award (Team) by College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) in 2019, and Excellence in Knowledge Transfer Award by CLASS in 2013.
To know more about our Positive Education Laboratory, you are welcome to visit our website at http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/ss_posed.
Cyber-Joy Enjoy Lab “網樂共享研究所”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, cyberbullying has been a significant concern as students mostly rely on social networks to stay connected to friends and communities. Cyber-Joy Enjoy Lab was established to promote cyber-joy on campus and provide accessible campus-based counselling services and psychological support among undergraduates and academic staff in City University of Hong Kong as well as the local primary and secondary schools.
The team is led by Dr. Annis Fung Lai Chu, with counsellors providing front-line counselling services and consultation. We also have a team of research assistants and student helpers providing support to collaborate the best psychoeducation and self-help resources. As a new initiative under the C.A.R.E. Lab of CityU, Cyber-Joy Enjoy Lab applies the Two-factor Model of Aggression and Cognitive-behavioural Approach in the development of our psychoeducational resources and counselling services.
Our work includes:
- On-campus counselling services to all CityU undergraduates and consultation to academic staff.
- Self-help guides and resource kits to the CityU community for enjoying cyber joy.
- Promotion on the competency of cyber ethics, resilience, empathy, and moral engagement.
- Psychoeducation programmes, including an international conference involving scholars, practitioners and professionals around the world working on issues related to aggression and victimization.
- On campus seminars, exhibitions, training workshops, and competition campaigns.
Please visit our website to learn more: https://www.cityu.edu.hk/cyber-joy-enjoy-lab/