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Chinese Name

蘇秀冠

Biography

Professor Atara Sivan is Head of the Department of Education Studies of Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. She is the President and Senior Fellow of the World Leisure Academy, the Editor-in-Chief of the World Leisure Journal and the founder and Chairperson of World Leisure Organization – Hong Kong Chapter. Professor Sivan has contributed to the body of knowledge through numerous journal articles, books, and presentations in international conferences worldwide. Among her co-authored books are: Leisure Education Towards the 21st Century; Leisure Education, Community Development and Populations with Special Needs; and, Leisure Education in School Systems; and, Leisure from International Voices. She is the recipient of several local and international awards including the George Torkildsen Literary Award; Hillel Ruskin Memorial Scholar Lecture Award; and, the 2015 Knowledge Transfer Award. These awards were bestowed upon Professor Sivan in recognition of her significant contribution to the advancement of research and scholarly endeavors in the areas of leisure education and learning community. Professor Sivan is a certified counsellor and a certified EMDR trainer by the EMDR Institute USA. As the President of the EMDR Association of Hong Kong she provides support to clinical psychologists, social workers and counselors working with people suffering from trauma and adverse life events. She also undertakes several leading positions in local and international bodies including: Community Drug Advisory Council, TREATS, Carmel Primary and Secondary school board and World Leisure Organization board of directors.

Research Interests

  • Leisure Education
  • Youth Development
  • Learning Environments
  • Learning Communities
  • Teacher Education

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Pedagogy, Curriculum and Assessment, PhD

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