|Certificate in PDP on Prevention and Handling of Unruly and Delinquent Behaviours in Schools|
|Mode of Study||Full-time Block Release|
|Venue||Tai Po Campus|
|Programme Co-ordinator||Dr Lee Tsz Lok Trevor|
|Programme Enquiries||Mr Chan 2948 8476|
This programme aims to help in-service primary and secondary school teachers to:
- review different theories on student guidance and discipline;
- understand the common factors contributing to students’ behavioural problems;
- understand the roles and responsibilities of teachers in dealing with students’ disciplinary problems;
- identify and assess students’ behavioural problems;
- develop strategies for handling the major types of students’ problems;
- develop a whole school approach to guidance and discipline; and
- collaborate with other stakeholders and social agencies to combat delinquent behaviour of students.
The programme comprises the following three core courses of 3 credit points each:
Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency and its Prevention
This course intends to explore how young people and crime has been understood. Participants will be introduced to the nature and different contexts of juvenile delinquency, specifically in the areas of why and how delinquent behaviours occur and how various social agencies, including school and the criminal justice system, have responded to it. In the course, particular emphasis will be put to revisit different social interaction theories in the prevention aspect of juvenile delinquency problems.
Understanding Juvenile Justice System
This course aims to build the participants’ understanding of the Legal System in Hong Kong, in relation to the Criminal Justice System, with a major focus on the Juvenile Justice System. Course participants will be directed from a broad view of Rule of Law to Rule By Law and then to examine about the definition of law and how it is effected upon general public. There will be a thorough discussion about how Hong Kong court functions and the operations of the punitive system in Hong Kong. The work of police and how teachers should coordinate in investigation will also be explored.
Prevailing Juvenile Delinquent Problems in Hong Kong
This course aims to introduce a broad understanding of prevailing juvenile delinquent problems in Hong Kong to the course participants. The course content will be focused on the practical aspect of prevention and handling of selected unruly and delinquent behaviours of youngsters in relation to particular youth problems commonly seen in Hong Kong which includes stealing, violence acts, bullying/cyber bullying, cyber addiction, drug addiction and substance abuse, sex-related problems, suicide, etc. There will also be discussion about teaching related professionals’ misconduct in relation to delinquent crime in Hong Kong and to explain their effect on teacher professionalism. The course places emphasis on the analysis on the background, causes and possible solutions for such selected delinquent behaviours, how the social reaction helps to combat the problems.
Participants will be assessed with either assessment task:
- Group report of a visit to an institution or NGO (around 1000 words) and Case study (around 2000 words) for each course; or
- Cross-courses assignment of about 5000 words and an oral presentation of the assignment.
Medium of Instruction
The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese and will be supplemented by English where appropriate.
|Cohort(s)||Period of Study|
|1||22 May to 24 June 2023|
Remarks: The programme is offered once a year tentatively.
To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:
- in-service primary, secondary or special school teachers, preferably those responsible for student guidance and discipline; and
- recommended by school principals.
Remarks: Each school can recommend more than one teacher.
To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, participants must obtain a pass in all assessment tasks required and successfully fulfill the attendance requirements as stipulated by the programme.
This Government-funded programme is supported by the Education Bureau (EDB). Schools which release teachers to take this programme are eligible for supply teachers, if deemed necessary. Government and aided schools shall contact the EDB for detailed arrangements. Private and DSS schools shall make their own arrangements for the employment of supply teachers.
Participants who complete our PDPs are eligible to apply for credit transfer if they enroll in our postgraduate programmes. Their applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website. Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.