Early Childhood Intervention Study to Alleviate Poverty and Promote Productive Aging in Hong Kong
Project Description

The proposed research will last for 12 months. The first phase will be a cross-sectional survey with a sample of 1,200 cases from 60 nurseries cum kindergartens to explore the family demographics and developmental profiles of low-income children in comparison to others. The second phase will be a randomized control trail implementing a 12-month internet-based intervention with 200 toddler-parents dyads from 30 of the original 60 nurseries. Interventions will be delivered by older mentors professionally trained by the research team. All children, parents and elderly mentors will be evaluated through a set of outcome measurements to assess the effectiveness of the program. The last phase will involve the dissemination of research information that may become building blocks for policies on internet-based early childhood education, poverty alleviation and social mobility enhancement, as well as productive aging. The overall objective is to enhance the developmental outcomes of children in poverty by utilizing parental resources within a family system, technological resources available in modern metropolis and the human resources enjoyed by the elderly in Hong Kong.

Supervisor
WANG Yanrong
Co-Supervisor
WU Xiaogang
SUNG-CHAN Po Lin Pauline
Quota
10
Course type
UROP1000
UROP1100
UROP2100
Applicant's Roles

1. Online and offline survey research
2. Data collection and data management
3. Recruiting and organizing training activities for elderly mentors
4. Collaborating with NGOs, schools and parents

Applicant's Learning Objectives

1. Learn how to conduct survey research
2. Learn how to implement training program and activities
3. Learn how to get support from NGOs and other social organizations
4. Learn how to design course curriculum

Complexity of the project
Moderate