Fostering Critical Thinking Through Collaborative Group Work

Insights from Hong Kong

  • Dennis Chun-Lok Fung
  • Tim Weijun Liang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Dennis Chun-Lok Fung, Tim Weijun Liang
    Pages 1-9
  3. Dennis Chun-Lok Fung, Tim Weijun Liang
    Pages 69-101
  4. Dennis Chun-Lok Fung, Tim Weijun Liang
    Pages 129-151
  5. Dennis Chun-Lok Fung, Tim Weijun Liang
    Pages 153-172

About this book


This book reports on studies contextualised within the curriculum development of General Studies in primary education and Liberal Studies in secondary education in Hong Kong. Both areas call for a learning environment that is conducive to the use of collaborative group work to foster critical thinking. By employing a mixed-methods approach and undertaking a teaching intervention based on Anderson et al.’s (2001) study, the book evaluates the effectiveness of group work in learners’ development of critical thinking skills and mindsets. In addition, it examines the influence of Chinese culture on the practice of group work. Findings from primary and secondary classrooms are subjected to a comparative analysis, yielding valuable insights into the relevance of group work for promoting critical thinking.


Group Work Critical Thinking Primary Education in Hong Kong Secondary Education in Hong Kong General Studies Liberal Studies Small Class Teaching Chinese culture in education collaborative learning

Authors and affiliations

  • Dennis Chun-Lok Fung
    • 1
  • Tim Weijun Liang
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Hong Kong Hong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.The University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong

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