Flora Ip (centre) is awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship by the Hong Kong Association of University Women


葉方立(中)獲大學婦女協會頒發傑出研究生獎學金

Date: 19 Dec 2016 (Monday)

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Education studies PhD student awarded postgraduate scholarship

教育學系博士研究生憑卓越社會服務獲頒獎學金

Education Studies PhD student Flora Ip, who contributes to the community with her professional services, has been awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship by the Hong Kong Association of University Women. 
 
Flora is a registered psychologist. Prior to studying at HKBU, she worked at special schools and non-government organisations to provide support for students with intellectual disabilities, as well as for parents and teachers. Flora said that the different aspects of special education require support. As an example she cited the problems faced by frontline staff and parents who take care of children with special needs and who burn out due to the lack of back-up support. These kinds of issues cannot be solved just through courtesy visits by a volunteer. Hence in her spare time she goes to the relevant organisations to help follow up on such cases.         
 
Flora was surprised about the scholarship but regarded the award as recognition of her achievements in social services. She especially thanked Professor Atara Svian, Head, and Dr Marina Wong, Associate Professor, of the Department of Education Studies for their kind support. 
 
By studying for a PhD, Flora aims to improve her service standards by undertaking in-depth research. She is now working on a research project about designing a music curriculum suitable for students with severe intellectual disabilities. “I want to strengthen the standing of music courses in special schools, as these courses not only nurture students’ interest in music but also improve their capabilities in different areas.”    
 
The Postgraduate Scholarship recognises female postgraduates who conduct high-quality original research that is of significant value to society and to the advancement of knowledge. It also encourages postgraduates to proactively take part in community services.
 

教育學系博士研究生葉方立利用專業知識服務社會,出色的表現獲大學婦女協會頒發傑出研究生獎學金。
 
方立為註冊心理學家,入讀浸大前,曾經在特殊學校及非政府機構工作,主力為智障學童、家長及教師提供專業服務。她表示,特殊教育不同層面都需要支援,例如對前線同事及家長支援不足,導致他們精疲力竭,這些不是義工探訪便可以解決的問題。因此,她課餘時到相關機構,提供專業意見和協助跟進個案。
 
對於獲頒獎學金,她感到意外,但認為是肯定其服務社會的表現,並感謝教育學系系主任蘇秀冠教授及副教授王偉儀博士的支持。方立表示,修讀博士課程是希望能夠以深入及前瞻性的研究,提升服務水平;她現正研究如何為嚴重智障學童設計音樂課程,期望日後音樂科可以一改閒科的定位,除有效培養學生的音樂興趣外,亦能透過音樂學習提升學生各方面的能力。
 
設立傑出研究生獎學金的目的是肯定女性研究生參與高水平、對社會及創造知識有益的研究項目,以及鼓勵她們參與社會服務。