Mr Chun Yeung (Gabriel) Lee is currently a doctoral student in Education with a specialisation in mathematics education and teacher education.
Gabriel previously completed his Master’s Degree of Education and Postgraduate Diploma in Education at The Education University of Hong Kong, and obtained his BSc in mathematics (minoring in Social Science) from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the first recipient of the EdUHK’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence (Doctoral Programme).
Prior to joining the Department of Education, Gabriel has worked as a mathematics teacher at secondary schools in Hong Kong for five years. ‘Why do I learn mathematics? I don’t think, except arithmetic operations, mathematics has any meaning to me!’ This comment, by Gabriel’s former students, exemplifies Hong Kong students’ question about learning mathematics. In his experience, Gabriel realised the importance of learning mathematics (probably other subjects) with meanings. He then became interested in teaching and learning mathematical proof and history of mathematics, which he thinks they could be an answer to the question.
His DPhil research focuses on preservice teachers’ beliefs and other affective aspects concerning the learning and teaching of mathematical proofs. He developed workshops that promote preservice teachers’ productive beliefs and affect concerning the learning and teaching of proof and proving in school mathematics.
Gabriel is also a member of the mathematics education research group.
Erik Kappe graduated with a BS in Materials Science from the United States Air Force Academy in 2005 and a MS in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 2012.
He has spent time working in research and development as well as test and evaluation for the US Air Force. He recently finished 3 years of teaching chemistry at the college level and is looking to improve his teaching ability with a DPhil focusing in science education.
His research interests focus on understanding science teachers’ beliefs and their connection to their teaching practices. He is accompanied in England by his beautiful wife and their 5 small children.