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Dr Ka Lee Carrie Ho

Senior Lecturer

Domingos Lam Centre for Research in Education, University of Saint Josep (Macao) Southwest Institute of Child Rehabilitation Medicine (Chengdu, China)

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Education and teaching
Research Supervision:

Carrie is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top Up. She is specialised in Aesthetic Education, Creative Pedagogy, Drama-in-Education, and SEND Intervention.

Email: [email protected]

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Carrie is a professional dramatist, licensed therapist and educational researcher. She received an Honorary Professorship from the Southwest Institute of Child Rehabilitation Medicine, Chengdu, China in 2019. She is an appointed Subject Specialist (Performing Arts) of The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications since 2006, and Drama Examiner of Hong Kong Arts Development Council since 2008. Before joining ARU, Carrie was an Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Joseph (Macau), a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Education University of Hong Kong, and a Visiting Scholar at the Hokkaido University (Japan).

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Chinese

Research interests

  • Aesthetics (e.g., teaching, visual arts, theatre) 
  • Education (e.g., creativity, pedagogy, teacher training) 
  • Spirituality / well-beings (e.g., nurturing spiritual growth, infant mental health) 
  • Diversified educational needs (e.g., intervention strategies, strengths-based supports) 
  • Applied theatre (e.g., drama-in-education, expressive arts therapy) and research theatre with lens of postmodernism (particularly with Deleuze) 

Carrie is interested in transdisciplinary arts-based research on aesthetics, early childhood education, spirituality, SEN support, and applied theatre through the lens of postmodernism.

Areas of research supervision

  • Aesthetics (e.g. teaching, visual arts, theatre)
  • Education (e.g. creativity, pedagogy, teacher training)
  • Spirituality / well-beings (e.g. nurturing spiritual growth, infant mental health)
  • Diversified educational needs (e.g. intervention strategies, strengths-based supports)
  • Applied theatre (e.g. drama-in-education, expressive arts therapy) and research theatre with lens of postmodernism (particularly with Deleuze)

Carrie is experienced in supervising MEd and PhD research on SEN Interventions and Creative Pedagogy specialised in Qualitative research, Mixed-Methods, and Arts-based methodologies, e.g., Action Research, A/r/tography, and Case Studies.

PhD Research Supervisions
  • A mixed-methods study on teachers' perceptions of the use of Drama-in-Education in secondary TESOL classrooms
  • Sensory-based approach in early childhood education: Teachers professional development and training
  • Supporting Children’s Learning Through Pedagogical Documentation with Children’s Voice in the Reggio inspired classroom 
MEd Research Supervisions
  • A case study on children’s emotional behaviours by using therapeutic drawing as an intervention
  • A case study on drawing guidance as an intervention to improve Chinese composition of primary students with Dyslexia
  • A case study on Mindfulness Training in Emotion Management to lower grade ASD students
  • A case study on the emotion of children with ASD through drama improvisation
  • A case study on the influence of play-based educational supports on developing social-communication skills for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in kindergarten
  • A case study on the teaching strategies for students with special Mathematical learning needs on the application of the four operations and simple equations
  • A qualitative research on tutors’ attitudes towards the implementation of the social emotional education in Macau nurseries
  • A qualitative study on the career choices of nursery tutors in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Macau
  • An action research on exploring early social emotional learning through five-senses approach
  • Challenges of the cooperation between primary school teachers and resource teachers in Macao
  • Discussing the challenges of Macao students with Special Educational Needs in primary school context through their self-exploration 
  • Explore the attitude of Macao primary school teachers towards educational innovation
  • Exploring challenges and strategies of inclusive service in Macau nursery
  • Exploring play-based approach in teaching multiplication to Primary 3 students
  • Exploring the relationship between parenting and children’s problem behaviours in Macao
  • Kindergarten teachers’ perspectives on young children’s problem behaviours and the intervention strategies
  • The Experiences of Parents’ Participation in Early Intervention for Children with Developmental Disabilities in Macau
  • Understanding preschool teachers’ perspectives on Aesthetic Education


  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
  • Bachelor of Education (Infant Education, Primary Education
  • Professional Development for In-service teachers


  • EdD, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • MA, Christian Studies, Luther Rice Seminary (USA)
  • MA, East/West Theatre Studies, Middlesex University (UK)
  • Trauma Psychotherapist, Hong Kong Trauma Psychotherapist Association
  • Registered Post Crisis Counsellor, Post Crisis Counselling Network (PCCN)
  • National License of Child Health Instructor, China Employment Training Technical Instruction Centre (MOHRSS, P.R. China)
  • National Vocational Qualifications of Psychoanalyst (P.R. China)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Editorial Board Member, Education Journal
  • Reviewer, The Journal of Drama and Theatre Education in Asia
  • Reviewer, Early Childhood Education Journal (SSCI)
  • Reviewer, Universal Journal of Educational Research (Scopus)
  • Reviewer, Girlhood Studies - An Interdisciplinary Journal (Scopus)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Co-Investigator, Macau Foundation project: “Relationship between student teachers’ beliefs and practices on early Chinese literacy instruction”, 2019, GBP 1,100.
  • Solo Investigator, Macau Foundation project: “Maker Education: Student teachers’ perspectives and practices on using Scratch Programme for Sex Education in kindergarten and primary school context”, 2019, GBP1,100.
  • Solo Investigator, Macau Foundation project: “In search of aesthetic education: Student teachers’ perspective and practice with sensory-based approach in Infant Education”, 2018,GBP1,450.
  • Co-Grant Proposal Writer, TDG grant of the University Grants Committee (HK) for a five-year of the annual “International Postgraduate Research Conference cum Summer School (IPCSS)”, 2015, GBP 50,000.
  • Co-Grant Proposal Writer, and Research Team Member - Postgraduate Student Team Leader, a combined funding from the HKIEd Internal Research Fund and the University Grants Committee for the international research on ” Student as Change Agents”, 2014, GBP 30,000.

Selected recent publications

Sun, C. R. S. and Ho, K. L. C. (2023) ‘Relationship between student teachers’ beliefs and practices on early Chinese literacy instruction’, Universal Journal of Education Research, 11(4). Available at: https://www.hrpub.org/download/20230430/UJER1-19529942.pdf. (Scopus).

Ong, Y.L.M, Ho, K.L.C., Kawata, M., Takahashi M., and Mizuno, K. (2022) 'Understanding of base-10 concept and its application: a cross-cultural comparison between Japan and Singapore', The International Journal of Early Years Education, 30(4), pp.766-780 (first published online 25 Nov 2020). Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09669760.2020.1848525.(ESCI, Scopus).

Ho, K.L.C. (2022) 'Constructing an aesthetic discourse: a literature review on Daoism meets postmodernism in aesthetic education', Education Inquiry, 13 (1), pp. 21-36 (first accepted in 2020). Available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20004508.2020.1831286. (Scopus).

Ong, Y.L.M., Ho, K.L.C., Kawata, M., Takahashi M. and Mizuno, K., 2020. Understanding of base-10 concept and its application: A cross-cultural comparison between Japan and Singapore. The International Journal of Early Years Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/09669760.2020.1848525. (ESCI, Scopus)

Lo, W. L., and Ho, K. L. C., 2020. Lost in transition: Brecht’s theatre as a social change agent for youth empowerment in the time of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong Handover. In Mreiwed, H., Carter, M. and Mitchell, C. (Eds.). Art as an Agent for Social Change (pp. 55-64). Brill/Sense Personal/Public Scholarship series. ISBN: 978-90-04-44286-3.

Ho, K.L.C., 2020. Who’s got the power? Young children’s aesthetic encounters with drama improvisation and Deleuze. The Journal of Early Childhood Research, 18(1), pp. 73-83. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476718‌X19888716. (ESCI, Scopus)

Ho, K. L. C., 2019. A teacher perspective. In Couzens, D., Correia, A. M. and Ho, K. L. C. (Eds.). Perspectives on Inclusion, (pp. 38-49). Macau Foundation.

Ho, C.K.L., 2018. Aesthetic experiences with young children in Hong Kong. In Iorio, J.M. and Parnell, W. (Eds.). Meaning making in early childhood research: Pedagogies and the personal (pp. 71-84). Routledge. (Scopus listed publication)

Ho, K. L. C., 2017. Improvisation Experiences to the Discussion of Aesthetic Environments for Young Children in Hong Kong. The Journal of Drama and Theatre Education in Asia, 7(1), pp. 9–28. (Chinese).

Ho, K.L.C., 2016. In search of an aesthetic pathway: Young children's aesthetic encounters with drama improvisation. Early Child Development and Care, 187(1), pp. 1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/‌03004430‌.‌2016‌.‌‌1148694. (SSCI, Scopus)

Recent presentations and conferences

Ho, K.L.C. (2020). Liberated Parents, Liberated Children: Play-based Compassionate Communication. Paper Presentation at the 1st International Forum on Sensory Integration and Positive Parenting (Online), 27 June 2020, China.

Ho, K.L.C. (2020). Assistive technology: Supporting children with ASD to develop meaningful learning and communication. Paper Presentation at the International Summit Forum on Autism Spectrum Disorder on 4th April 2020, China.

Ho, K.L.C. (2019). Searching for an aesthetic pathway: Creating an intangible aesthetic environment. Keynote Speech at the National Pingtung University in the International Conference on Aesthetics, Ethics, and Better Life, 26-27th October 2019, in Taiwan.

Ho, K.L.C. (2019). “MYTHAGOGIA”. Drama Workshop at the National Pingtung University in the International Conference on Aesthetics, Ethics, and Better Life, 26-27th October 2019, in Taiwan.

Ho, K.L.C., & Wong, W.L. (2019). Cohesion: An ELT model that fits all school-based curricular. Paper Presentation at Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea, in Korea TESOL International Conference, 12-13 October 2019.

Ho, K.L.C. (2019). Searching for an Aesthetic Pathway: Well-being Pedagogy for Positive Changes in Teaching and Learning.  Public Lecturer and Drama Workshop at Hokkaido University Well-being, 3 October 2019.

Lo, W. L., & Ho, K. L. C. (2019). Youth theatre empowerment through Brecht. Paper presented at International Federation for Theatre Research, Conference 2019: Theatre, Performance, and Urbanism, in Shanghai, China.

Ho, K. L. C. (2019). A case study on evidence-based strategies for creating meaningful supports to adults with disabilities through arts. Paper presented at RI Asia and Pacific Regional Conference, 26 June 2019, Macau.