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Prof. E. Angela Chan
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Prof. Engle Angela CHAN

Professor & Interim Head, School of Nursing, Associate Director, International Research Centre for Advancement of Healthcare Communication (IRCAHC), Department of English and Communication


Inspired by narrative as both a phenomenon and a research methodology, Angela has embarked on her own narrative journey from Canada to Hong Kong where she is now the Associate Professor/Associate Head of the pre-service education at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Nursing. She was selected as one of the four distinguished nursing alumni abroad in 2005 from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada.  She has also served the role as the president for the Pi Iota Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2008. Her research focuses on the person/relation-centered care underpinned by caring/human science paradigm that has evolved into an emphasis on effective and caring communication in health care and interprofessional collaborative practice. Her work on communication studies in education and practice has enabled her to work with overseas and local colleagues to improve nursing practice and served as the former Associate Director of the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare.  Her work on nursing education has also afforded her the opportunity to develop projects, with international collaborators, on the concept of internationalization at home for a new possibility of student exchange.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Toronto
  • Master of Arts, Central Michigan University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Professional Qualifications

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Nurse

Teaching Area

My concepts of experience and education have an intricate tie to the work of John Dewey, one of the greatest educational theorists, that is on the notion about thinking is inquiry, inquiry is life and life is education.  My ways of teaching is hence much inspired by Dewey’s work while drawing a balance in my understanding of the importance of students’ expected performance that translated into outcome-based education with criteria-focused assessments and the associated rubrics.  Adopting the constructivist approach, I am an advocate for students’ active learning and experiential understanding. Given my post-graduate work in curriculum and education, I also came to appreciate teachers as learners and learners as teachers with my ongoing reflection upon how to better students’ learning through their perceived relevance and meaningfulness. In the students’ journey through their university education, there is a need for more time and space for students to think, in the forms of problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, asking questions and reflecting from their experience.  As they reflect and learn from their experience, they will come to understand more about themselves, about others and their environment. To nurture the students as independent thinkers with openness, being mindful about their assumptions, biases and as interdependent team players with sensitivity, respect and integrity is part of what I believe.  Making use of technology and an emphasis of intercultural learning in my teaching and learning is an area of my ongoing endeavors.

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