Official Title: Assistant Professor

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences and Education


Short Bio

B.A.(Hons.), P.G.D.E., M.Phil., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Her research interests are in examining factors affecting students’ critical thinking (e.g. learning environment), teaching creative and critical thinking skills, career development of youth, students’ special educational needs, and out-of-class experiences of university students. She has published journal papers and books, and presented papers in international conferences in these areas.


Selected Refereed Journals (in recent years)

Kwan, Y.W. (2020). Psychometric properties of the Chinese Version of the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey in secondary school students in Hong Kong. Learning Environments Research, 23, 167-184.

Ng, S.W. & Kwan Y.W. (2020). Inclusive education teachers—Strategies of working collaboratively with parents of children with special educational needs in Macau. International Journal of Educational Reform, 29(2), 191-207.

Wong, D., Zhang. W., Kwan, Y.W., & Wright, E. (2019). Gender differences in identity concerns among sexual minority young adults in china: Socioeconomic status, familial, and cultural factors. Sexuality & Culture, 23, 1167-1187.

Sivan, A., Cohen, A., Chan, D. W. K., & Kwan, Y.W. (2017). The circumplex model of the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction among Hong Kong students: A multidimensional scaling solution. Learning Environments Research, 20(2), 189-198.

Kwan, Y.W. (2017). Making senses of out-of-class experiences in university: A study of student- faculty interaction of year-one students using a phenomenological approach (in Chinese). Taiwan Educational Review Monthly, 6(5), 95-111.

Sivan, A., Tam, V.C., Tam, E., Ho, M., Kwan, Y. W., Louie, L., Ng, J., Ng, P., Wong, O., & Yeung, S. W. (2016). Building learning community through a transdisciplinary multi-layered approach. Learning Communities Journal, 8(1), 71-97.

Kwan, Y.W., & Wong, A.F.L. (2015). Effects of the constructivist learning environment on students’ critical thinking ability: Cognitive and motivational variables as mediators. International Journal of Educational Research, 70, 68-79.

Kwan, Y.W., & Wong, A.F.L. (2014). The constructivist classroom learning environment and its associations with critical thinking ability of secondary school students in Liberal Studies. Learning Environments Research, 17, 191-207.

Sivan, A., Chan, D.W.K., & Kwan, Y.W. (2014). Psychometric evaluation of the Chinese version of the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction (C-QTI) in Hong Kong. Psychological Reports, 114(3), 823-842.


Selected Paper Presentations

Kwan, Y.W. (2019, August). Developing students’ critical thinking ability: The impacts of their intrinsic motivation, subject knowledge, school banding and demographics. Paper presented at the 2019 Clute International Academic Conference on Education, New York, USA.

Kwan, Y.W. (2019, May). The impact of cognitive strategies, intrinsic goal orientation and student characteristics on their critical thinking disposition. Paper presented at the 2019 International Society for Teacher Education Annual International Seminar on Teacher Education for the Next Decade: Looking to the Past to Inform the Future, Niagara Falls, Canada.

Chan, J.W.W., Kwan, Y.W., & Pow, J. (2019, May). Do we educate what adolescents really need? A study of Hong Kong adolescents on how 21st century skills equipped can facilitate their development as eSports players. Paper presented at the 2019 International Society for Teacher Education Annual International Seminar on Teacher Education for the Next Decade: Looking to the Past to Inform the Future, Niagara Falls, Canada.

Lam, F., Li, O., Kwan, Y.W., & Chiu, A. (2016, June). Exploring the relationship between leisure participation and career development of youth in Tung Chung. Paper presented at the 2016 Career and Life Adventure Planning (CLAP) Annual Conference on Towards Meaningful Engagement: Connecting Youth to Stakeholders and Careers, Hong Kong.

Kwan, Y.W., & Wong, A.F.L. (2015, April). Secondary school students’ critical thinking ability: Association with their perceptions of the classroom environment, cognitive strategies, motivational beliefs, and subject knowledge. Paper presented at 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Kwan, Y.W., & Wong, A.F.L. (2013, September). The relationships between critical thinking ability, subject knowledge, and background factors in Liberal Studies students in Hong Kong. Paper presented at 2013 Joint SELF Biennial International Conference and Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS) Conference, Singapore.


Year 1 Master
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
Year 1 PGDE
3.00 credits
Year 3 Bachelor
Year 4 Bachelor
3.00 credits