Research Student Profiles

Mr ALI, Muhammad

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Programme of Study: PhD

Field of Study: Computational Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and K-12 Teacher Education

Research Topic: Exploring the Integration of Generative Artificial Intelligence in K–12 Teacher Education: A Hybrid and Constructionist-Driven Approach to Fostering Computational Thinking

Email Address: akula@connect.hku.hk


About Me:
Muhammad Ali is a PhD student at the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong. He holds degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Data Science (BEng) and STEM education (MEd). Prior to pursuing academia, he worked as a software engineer and developer, then as an advisory manager at a leading EdTech startup specializing in robotics and automation. Building upon his past experience, his current research focuses on enhancing computational thinking and AI literacy among K–12 teachers.


Current Research:
Exploring Pre-service Teachers’ Epistemological Understanding and Perspectives on Computational Thinking, Technology Education, and Artificial Intelligence: A Hong Kong Teacher Education Initiative


Primary Supervisor: Professor WONG, Gary K W

Co-supervisor(s): Professor CHURCHILL, Daniel


Research Outputs:
Ma, M., Ali, M., & Wong, G. K. W. (2024). Empowering K–12 STEM Teachers to Be AI-ready: The Insights from a Bibliometrics Study. Proceedings of the 2024 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), 15(1), 1-5. DOI: [10.1109/EDUCON60312.2024.10578830]

Ali, M., Wong, G. K. W., & Ma, M. (2024). K–12 Pre-service Teachers' Perspectives on AI Models and Computational Thinking: The Insights from an Interpretative Research Inquiry. Proceedings of the 8th APSCE International Conference on Computational Thinking and STEM Education (CTE-STEM 2024), 8(1), 66-71. DOI: [10.5281/zenodo.11559685]

Ali, M., & Tse, A. W. C. (2023). Research Trends and Issues of Engineering Design Process for STEM Education in K-12: A Bibliometric Analysis. International Journal of Education in Mathematics Science and Technology, 11(3), 695-727. DOI: [10.46328/ijemst.2794]

Ali, M. (2021). State of STEM Education in Hong Kong: A Policy Review. Academia Letters, Article 3680, 1-8. DOI: [10.20935/AL3680]


Awards and Prizes:
1. Research Postgraduate Student Teaching Award, awarded by the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, 2023.

2. Dean's Honor List, awarded by the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, 2021.