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Project Brief Description

This project, Diversity and Academic Discussion in the Classroom: Using Perspective Taking to improve Process and Educational Outcomes of Small‐Group Discussion in the Classroom, is about how to help students develop skills in student-led, free-form, small-group academic discussion; especially in culturally diverse groups. The goal is to train students to have their own small-group discussion that is academically productive, enjoyable, and encourages expression of minority views and new perspectives. This project is funded by Innovative teaching beyond E-learning grant 2018/19 from the Faculty of Education and Human Development, the Education University of Hong Kong.


Project objectives:

  • To develop pedagogy for developing how to carry out academic discussion that

    • elicits higher‐level thinking, elaborations and explanations

    • encourages all members to share diverse views and perspectives, especially those from cultures encouraging indirect communication

    • is mutually respectful and enjoyable

  • To evaluate student outcomes with both quantitative and qualitative data

  • To produce a website for sharing the methods and outcomes with others

Team Members

Faculty Members

 Associate Head (Internationalization) / Associate Professor / Department of Psychology 

Contact Details:

Phone Number: 2948 8756


Emma E. Buchtel joined the Department of Psychology in 2010. Dr. Buchtel received her PhD in cultural psychology (social/personality area; quantitative minor) from the University of British Columbia in 2009, and her B.A. from Yale University in 1999. In between, she spent four years in Changsha and Beijing, teaching English at the high school and university levels and learning Mandarin Chinese. 

Associate Head (Research and Development) / Associate Professor / Department of Education Policy and Leadership 

Associate Director / The Joseph Lau Luen Hung Charitable Trust Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership & Change 

Contact Details:

Phone Number: 2948 6274


LU Jiafang received her doctoral degree in Applied Psychology from Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is Associate Professor at the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership (EPL) and Associate Director at the Joseph Lau Luen Hung Charitable Trust Asia Pacific Center for Leadership and Change (APCLC), The Education University of Hong Kong. Her current research is focused on leadership distribution and conflict dynamics in school management teams, change and innovation management, as well as social-psychological factors that affect teachers’ well-being and creativity. She shares her interest with similar enthusiasm for translating knowledge in these areas into teacher and leadership development realm. 

Student Members

Naw Khine Thazin NI WIN (Thadah)

Graduate/Bachelor of Honours in Human and Organizational Development


Contact Details:

Phone Number: (852) 5614 4279



Thadah graduated in 2020 from the Education University of Hong Kong majoring in Human and Organizational Development and minoring in General Psychology. She is interested in organizational studies, project management, human resources management as well as cultural and higher education studies.

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