(From left) Dr Kang Yi, Dr Celine Song, Dr Kelly Ku and Dr Lisa Deng obtain a grant from the Public Policy Research Fund


(左起)康怡博士、宋韵雅博士、顧伊麗博士和鄧麗萍博士的研究項目獲公共政策研究計劃撥款資助

Date: 04 May 2017 (Thursday)

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HKBU scholars win Public Policy Research Fund for critical news literacy research

浸大學者獲公共政策研究計劃撥款 研究新聞識讀能力

The Public Policy Research Fund of the Central Policy Unit awarded a grant of HK$492,982 to four HKBU scholars for their project entitled “Investigating Hong Kong Students’ Critical News Literacy in the Age of Social Media”.

The cross-disciplinary research team comprises Dr Kelly Ku and Dr Lisa Deng, Assistant Professors of the Department of Education Studies, Dr Celine Song, Assistant Professor of the Department of Journalism, and Dr Kang Yi, Assistant Professor of the Department of Government and International Studies.

Dr Ku, the principal investigator of the project, said critical news literacy is a relatively novel concept to Hong Kong students. They seem less aware of the shared responsibility between media outlets and those who read the news in examining news quality. She also called for news literacy education to be made available for young readers of news so that they can reason proactively and critically about the truthfulness of news messages.

The project aims to examine usages and motivations underlying news seeking behaviours on social media platforms among Hong Kong students aged 12 to 18, as well as to assess their critical news literacy across different domains.

The project team hopes to inform policy makers and educators of the present needs in nurturing critically informed social engagement among the young generation of Hong Kong.

浸大四位學者的跨學科研究計劃「探討社交媒體作為新聞平台的應用及香港學生的批判新聞識讀能力」,最近獲中央政策組的公共政策研究計劃撥款港幣492,982元資助。

四位學者包括教育學系助理教授顧伊麗博士和鄧麗萍博士,新聞系助理教授宋韵雅博士和政治及國際關係學系助理教授康怡博士。

項目首席研究員顧伊麗博士說,新聞識讀對香港學生來說是一個較新穎的概念。學生不太了解新聞媒體和及新聞讀者在檢視新聞質量方面的共同責任。新聞識讀教育培育年輕的新聞讀者積極主動地審視新聞信息的真確性。

該項目研究12至18歲香港學生在社交媒體閱讀新聞的習慣、模式及信息搜索的動機,並評估其在不同新聞識讀範疇的表現。

研究小組希望通過項目讓政策製訂者和教育工作者了解培育年輕一代的批判新聞識讀能力的重要性。