Department of Sports Science and Physical Education

Faculty of Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Physical Education Pedagogy Research

The focus of this area is the study of teaching and learning, curriculum and design, continuing professional development and broader social and educational issues that pertain to Physical Education.

Teacher Education and Professional Development
Through examining current issues in physical education and sport pedagogy, much of the work has addressed the professionalism of Physical Education teachers and their relations to students’ learning effectiveness. In addition, with Physical Education being one of the key learning areas in recent educational reform, we have attempted to explore ways to enhance the students’ learning experiences in formal and informal school curriculum. Through international collaborations with prominent universities from North America, Australia and China, we have developed an "East meets West" approach in receiving and informing latest issues in physical education and sport pedagogy research.

Physical Education and Social Issues, and Children's Physical Activity
Professor Amy Ha and her research team are working on projects examining social and psychological factors that affect health-related physical activity (PA) participation and engagement in physical education in secondary school students. These projects are grounded on theoretical frameworks such as constructivism, self-determination theory and ecological model. On-going studies involve examinations of psychological and social factors associated with students’ PA patterns both during and outside school hours. Professor Ha has also received donations to promote physical active and healthy lifestyles to students. These projects also includes a strong research component, and the team has been examining the relation between rope skipping practices, motivation factors, fundamental movement skills, and social skills in Hong Kong students .The results of these studies would be used to inform and improve existing teacher development practices, thereby helping physical education teachers adopt student perspectives in their teaching, and to device methods to cater student diversity.

Recently, the team began a series of studies using family-based strategies. Essentially, by involving the participation of other family members, the team aims to create a more supportive environment to promote sustained behavioral change.

Professor Uwe Pühse from the University of Basel of Switzerland visited Professor Amy Ha’s Research Team and Sport Pedagogy and Physical Activity Assessment Laboratory
School- and community-based projects were conducted to improve the fundamental movement skills of students from kindergartens and primary schools.

Professor Amy Ha led family-based projects to promote physical activity behaviors in children and their parents.
Professor Amy Ha, founder and President of the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China, received the Leader of the Year 2016 award on behalf of the association on 16 March 2017

  • Promoting physical and health literacy in Hong Kong preschool teachers, children and their families
  • Investigating schoolchildren’s fundamental movement skills, perceived physical competence and exercise enjoyment
  • Examining the psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the KIDSCREEN-52 health-related quality of life questionnaire
  • Does autonomous motivation predicts moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and psychological well-being in Hong Kong schoolchildren?
  • Active Hong Kong, Health Citizens – A family-based physical activity, fundamental movement skill, and nutrition program
  • Impact of rope skipping on health-related fitness, fundamental movements skills, bone mineral density, and academic performance in Hong Kong Chinese pre- and early-pubertal girls: A quasi-experiment
  • Increasing Hong Kong Chinese students’ physical activity through fitness infusion and an autonomy supportive learning environment: Evaluation of the SELF-FIT program using a clustered randomized controlled trial
  • Increasing Hong Kong primary children's fundamental movement skills through an assessment -based teacher led intervention using a clustered randomized controlled trial


Amy S. C. HA (夏秀禎)
Associate Dean (Research) and Professor
Teacher Education,
Sports and Physical Activity,
Professional Development
Tel: 3943 6083

Johan Y. Y. NG (吳又言)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sport and Exercise Psychology,
Motivation to physical education and physical activity
Tel: 3943 6098

Cecilia H. S. CHAN (陳凱詩)
Research Associate
PE Pedagogy,
Teaching and Assessment of Fundamental Movement Skills
Tel: 3943 9440

Juanita S. T. CHEUNG (張善婷)
PhD student
Teaching Education,
Physical Education and Sport Administration,
Physical Activity Participation and Motivation of Girls
Tel: 3943 7166