Issue 1: My jolly life in education

By Sarah Ng (LED 2005 graduate)

“Life without passion is no different from death.” This was roughly the way I answered people’s questions on my change of major from Medicine to Education some years back. It was indeed an abrupt decision, yet a mature one. So far I have had no regrets.

My years in the education field have proved my decision right. I enjoyed tremendously the discussion in the educational philosophy class; I broke the shell of protection around me by going abroad for immersion in Edinburgh and for exchange in Houston, southern USA; I had complete joy in teaching my students in a secondary school in Yuen Long. My life so far could not have been better indeed.

After teaching for a year, I decided to embark on another voyage in 2006. I wanted to become an educational researcher as I have always been keen on finding out the “truth” (though sociology-wise there is no absolute truth I have to admit). In late 2006 I was lucky enough to be taken on as a research assistant by Dr. Eunice Tang, to undertake a project that she headed – “Research-based and Data-driven Approach to Student-teacher Development”. I have learnt so much in the project, including how to deal with different kinds of people, organizing seminars, preparing reports, writing up academic papers and numerous administrative tasks that seem minor but significant. All these have heartened me to take up tasks of ever-increasing difficulty and surmount challenges in my academic career which I can foresee to be really tough.

A particular incidence of learning that I would like to share with you is my debut academic presentation which took place on 8th June 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Dr. Eunice Tang and I presented a paper on “From Second Language Learner to Second Language Teacher: possible factors that affect professional development”. At first I was rather nervous as you may have expected. But as the presentation began, I became more and more at ease because I came to realize, facing the audience who were mostly experienced teacher educators, that I feel burdened to share and to contribute to the pool of knowledge. I sincerely wanted to make a point, may it be a minor one, that might have been ignored in the past years of research. I felt happy, at the same time blessed, that I had the ability to contribute in some little way to the world. I heartily hope all of you will have the bliss that I have now.

In three months’ time I will be in England starting my one-year MPhil study. I think I will enjoy it for I really like my major – Education. No one can ever tell what will happen next, but I hope, with my humble ability, I can work with other people to make the world, at least for a certain circle of people, a happier place to live.

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