Dr BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar   
Assistant Professor
Department of Education Policy and Leadership
Phone No: (852) 2948 8539
Email: mbhowmik@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0003-4585-781X
Phone
(852) 2948 8539
Email
mbhowmik@eduhk.hk
Address
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
Scopus ID
57189661325
Research Interest

Diversity, equity and inclusion in education

‘Out of school’/dropout/school failure issues

Ethnic minority education

Inclusive leadership

Critical discourse

ICT in education

Acculturative stress and coping behaviour

Personal Profile

Dr Miron Bhowmik is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Education Policy and Leadership in The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist at the Faculty of Education and Human Development, and was previously a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Special Education and Counselling. Prior to joining EdUHK, he was a Programme Officer at the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also worked for the British Council and several universities in Bangladesh. He is particularly interested in the educational policies and practices as they relate to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Research Interest

Diversity, equity and inclusion in education

‘Out of school’/dropout/school failure issues

Ethnic minority education

Inclusive leadership

Critical discourse

ICT in education

Acculturative stress and coping behaviour

Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Gube, J., Bhowmik, M., & Tang, N. M. Y. (2022). Community connections for equity and inclusion: Towards a research agenda. In J. Gube, F. Gao & M. Bhowmik, Identities, practices and education of evolving multicultural families in Asia-Pacific (157-174). London: Routledge
Gube, J., Gao, F., & Bhowmik, M. (2022). Cultural diversity in communities and schooling in Asia-Pacific. In J. Gube, F. Gao & M. Bhowmik, Identities, practices and education of evolving multicultural families in Asia-Pacific (1-12). London: Routledge
Gube, J., Gao, F., & Bhowmik, M. (Eds.) (2022). Identities, practices and education of evolving multicultural families in Asia-Pacific. London: Routledge
Bhowmik, M. K., Roy, G., & Sultana, F. (2021). Civic and citizenship education in Bangladesh. In K. J. Kennedy (Ed.), Social Studies Education in South and South East Asian Contexts (145-160). London & New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Bhowmik, M. K., Roy, G., & Sultana, F. (2021). Social studies education in Bangladesh: Contextual influences, reforms and development and curriculum. In K. J. Kennedy (Ed.), Social Studies Education in South and South East Asian Contexts (44-59). London & New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Bhowmik, M. K., & Roy, G. (2021). Religious education in Bangladesh: History, politics and curriculum. In K. J. Kennedy & J. C. K. Lee (Eds.), Religious education in Asia: Spiritual diversity in globalized times (163-180). London & New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Cheung, H. W. C., Bhowmik, M. K., Kennedy, K. J., Ng, H. Y., & Hue, M. T. (2020). Religious and Ethnic Identification of Minoritized Youth in Hong Kong: Exploring Acculturation Outcomes. In E. Delgado-Algarra, & J. M. Cuenca-López (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Citizenship and Heritage Education (331-350). USA: IGI Global
Bhowmik, M. K. (2019). Ethnic Minority Young People’s Education in Hong Kong: Factors Influencing School Failure. In J. Gube, & F. Gao (Eds.), Education, Ethnicity and Inequity in the Multilingual Asian Context (179-195). Singapore: Springer
Lim, C.P., Tinio, V., Smith, M., & Bhowmik, M.K. (2018). Digital learning for developing Asian countries: Achieving equity, quality and efficiency in education. In K.J., Kennedy, & J.C.K., Lee (Eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Schools and Schooling in Asia (369-381). Singapore: Routledge
Bhowmik, K., & Hue, M. T. (2018). Education for ethnic minority young people in Hong Kong: What school factors make them unsuccessful?. In K. Kennedy & J. C. K. Lee (Eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Schools and Schooling in Asia (808-818). New York: Routledge
Bhowmik, M.K., & Kennedy, K.J. (2016). 'Out of-School' Ethnic Minority Young People in Hong Kong. Singapore: Springer

Journal Publications
Bhowmik, M.K., & Kennedy, K.J. (2022). Reconceptualization of support and policy for minoritised students with dis/abilities in Hong Kong. Cambridge Journal of Education Doi:10.1080/0305764X.2022.2040952 .
Bhowmik, M.K., Chan A.H., & Halse, C.M. (2022). Multiculturalism and the cultural politics of racism in Hong Kong. Multicultural Education Review Doi:10.1080/2005615X.2022.2040142.
Sultana, F., & Bhowmik, M. K. (2021). E-portfolios and reflection: A potential solution to student assessment and learning during pandemic and beyond. CLOUD - Connecting Leaders Online for University Digital Transformation - published by International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO (UNESCO-ICHEI), 2, 67-74. https://en.ichei.org/dist/index.html#/reader?id=1006&qk_qishu=2&lang=1
Bhowmik, M. K. (2021). A qualitative inquiry of acculturation experiences of minoritised youth in Hong Kong. Curriculum Perspectives, Advance online publication, 1-11
Cheung, R. Y. M., Bhowmik, M. K., & Hue, M. T. (2020). Why does acculturative stress elevate depressive symptoms? A longitudinal study with emotion regulation as a mediator. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 67(5), 645-652
Bhowmik, M. K., Cheung, R. Y. M., & Hue, M. T. (2018). Acculturative stress and coping strategies among Mainland Chinese University students in Hong Kong: A qualitative inquiry. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88(5), 550-562
Bhowmik, M. K., Kennedy, K. J., & Hue, M. T. (2018). Education for all – But not Hong Kong’s ethnic minority student. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 21(5), 661-679
Bhowmik, M. K., & Kennedy, K. J. (2017). Caught between cultures: Case study of an 'out of school' ethnic minority student in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 37(1), 69-85
Bhowmik, M. K. (2017). Equitable and quality educational opportunities for Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities: the challenges to achieve SDG4. . Curriculum Perspectives, 37(2), 191-196
Passey, D., Laferrière, T., Ahmad, M. Y. A., Bhowmik, M., Gross, D., Price, J., Resta, P., & Shonfeld, M. (2016). Educational Digital Technologies in Developing Countries Challenge Third Party Providers. Educational Technology & Society, 19(3), 121-133
Kennedy, K., Hue, M. T., & Bhowmik, M. K. (2015). Multicultural teaching in Hong Kong schools: Classroom assessment and learning motivation for ethnic minority students. Assessment Matters, 8, 53-75
Bhowmik, M. K. (2014). Ethnic Minority Students’ Education in Hong Kong: Rhetoric, Issues and Priorities. International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, 16(2), 126-140
Bhowmik, M. K., & Kennedy, K. J. (2013). Equitable educational provision for Hong Kong’s ethnic minority students: Issues and priorities. Educational Research Journal, 27(1 & 2), 27-49
Bhowmik, M. K. (2013). Looking Outside the School: ‘Out of School’ Ethnic Minority Children in Hong Kong. Comparative Education Bulletin, 15(1), 34-46
Sarkar, M. M. A., Bhowmik, M. K., Gomes, J. J., Mojumder, F. A. (2010). Constructivist learning environment in secondary science classrooms in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Education Journal, 9(2), 35-47
Bhowmik, M. K. & Uddin, M. J. (2007). The nature of learning in General Science of Grade VII students’: An analysis. Teacher’s World, 30-31, 55-64

Conference Papers
Bhowmik, M. K. (2021, 12). Identity, acculturative stress and coping: The experiences of minoritized youth in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 6th Asia-Pacific International Schools Conference, Hong Kong.
Bhowmik, M. K., & Walker, A. (2021, 8). Inclusive leadership for addressing diversity in schools: A comprehensive literature review. Paper presented at the Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME) International Conference, Seoul National University, Korea.
Bhowmik, M.K., Chung, S. K., Kennedy, K. J., Gube, J. C. C., Hue, M.T., & Chau, C. F. W. (2021, 6). The Attitudes of Hong Kong’s Minoritized Communities to the Recent Social Movement and the Implications for Education. Paper presented at the Third Annual Civic Education Conference, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia and Universitas Negeri Manado, Indonesia
Gube, J., Chan, A. K. W., Bhowmik, M. K., Gao, F., Au, Y. T. M., Chan, H. T., & Halse, C. (2020, 12). “Let Hong Kong be Hong Kong”: Belonging and (dis-)unity in times of unrest. Paper presented at the 12th Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME) International Conference, Seoul, Korea
Chan, A.H., Halse, C.M., & Bhowmik, M.K. (2020, 7). A discourse analysis of racism denial in online newspaper comments in Hong Kong . World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting 2020, Galicia, Spain
Gube, J., Chan, K.W., Bhowmik, M., Gao, F., Au, M., Chan, A., & Halse, C. (2020, 7). Belonging, cultures, and schooling: Committing to nation-states in turbulent times? . World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting 2020, Galicia, Spain
Bhowmik, M. K., Kennedy, K. J., & Gube, J. C. C. (2020, 5). Engagement of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong’s current protests. 22nd Annual Children's Identity and Citizenship European Association (CiCea) / 16th Annual CitizED and 3rd joint CiCea/CitizED Conference 2020, York, UK
Cheung, R.Y.M., Bhowmik, M.K., & Hue, M.T. (2019, 6). Acculturative Stress and Depressive Symptoms: Mediating Role of Emotion Dysregulation. Paper presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues 2019 Summer Conference, San Diego, CA, USA.
Bhowmik, M.K., Chan, A., & Halse, C (2019, 5). Race interactions and racism in social media. Paper presented at the 2019 Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME) International Conference, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
Bhowmik, M.K., Chan, A., & Halse, C. (2019, 4). Social media and new racism. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada
Hue, M. T., & Bhowmik, M. K. (2018, 5). Acculturation and identity in an Asian context: The case of ethnic minority youth in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Children’s Identity and Citizenship European Association and the 2nd Joint CITIZED Association Conference (CiCea/CitizED Conference 2018), Warsaw, Poland
Bhowmik, M. K., Kennedy, K. J., Hue, M. T., & Ng, H. Y. (2017, 11). Identities of Hong Kong’s ethnic minority youth: A socioecological perspective. Paper presented at the WERA Focal Meeting & HKERA International Conference 2017 (WERA-HKERA 2017): Innovation, Reform and Education Change in a Contemporary World, Hong Kong, China
Bhowmik, M. K. (2017, 8). Considerations for policy makers while planning and implementing ICT in education related projects. . Seminar on ICT in Higher Education Innovation for Asian Countries. UNESCO-ICHEI , Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China.
Kennedy, K., Hue, M. T., & Bhowmik, M. (2017, 7). Self-efficacy and pan ethnic identity: The role of resilience in coping with minority status. . Paper presented at the European Congress of Psychology, Amsterdam, Holland
Kennedy, K., Hue, M. T., Bhowmik, M., & Ng, H. Y. (2017, 6). Intersectionality and identity in an Asian context: The case of Pakistani youth in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the CiCea / Jean Monnet Network 2017 Conference “Reaffirming Citizenship Education in an Uncertain World”, Brugge, Belgium, Germany
Bhowmik, M., Kennedy, K. & Lai. A. (2015, 2). The international context for the study of refugees: Implications for a refugee research agenda in Hong Kong. . Annual Conference of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong , Hong Kong
Lai, A., Kennedy, K. & Bhowmik, M. (2015, 1). Hong Kong’s democratic aspirations and the issue of refugees: Why a refugee policy is needed. 11th International CitizEd Conference, Singapore, June 2-4.. 11th International CitizEd Conference, Singapore
Li, H., Wong, K. L. L., Bhowmik, M., Kennedy, K. J., & Lai, P. Y. A. (2015, 1). Hong Kong perspectives on citizenship education: Learning from the past to create a democratic future. Paper presented at the Redesigning Pedagogy: Leaders, Values and Citizenship in 21st Century Education, held in conjunction with. 11th International CitizED Conference and the Arts, Humanities and Literature Conference , Singapore

All Other Outputs
Bhowmik, M. K. (2017). Dropping out: why students drop out and what can be done about it. Educational Review (527-527). Educational Review, 70(4), 527-527.

Project

Understanding School Success for Hong Kong’s South Asian Minoritized Students: An Asset-informed Approach
The purpose of the research is to provide a comprehensive, rich and critical understanding of the school success of minoritized students of South Asian heritages in Hong Kong with a particular focus on why and how different factors contribute to school success.
Project Start Year: 2022, Principal Investigator(s): BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar null
 
Globally Minded Teacher: Knowing, Caring and Acting
This project aims to develop an informal learning program and relevant resources for teacher educators to advance pedagogies that prepare pre-service teachers for catering to learning and cultural diversity and guide pre-service teachers to reflect and draw on this knowledge base to create supportive and inclusive learning environments for all learners.

Project Start Year: 2021, Principal Investigator(s): GUBE, Jan Christian C 高俊傑 (BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar as Co-Investigator)
 
Cultivating Students’ Global Perspectives through Course Design with an Emphasis on the Affective Aspect of Learning
The global challenges of our century underscore the need for students to be able to value diverse cultures and perspectives, empathise and work with others dramatically different from themselves and solve problems that transcend national borders. While the academic departments at EdUHK are being strongly encouraged to enhance their courses to cultivate students’ global perspectives, some lecturers remain uncertain about how to achieve this goal meaningfully. This TDG addresses an urgent need of empowering lecturers to improve their understanding of global perspectives and facilitate their reflection on appropriate course design and successful delivery. Over the past decade, the "affective turn" (Clough, 2007) in social sciences and the humanities has resulted in educational applications that show how emotional responses and sensory perceptions can maximize affective engagement in the classroom (e.g. Cavanagh, 2016). This project proposes that the integration of such an approach with internationalisation of the curriculum can effectively cultivate students' global perspectives, which includes not only knowledge of different cultures, societies and global issues but also affective attributes conducive to intercultural empathy, efficacy, and tolerance. The project will develop an instructional framework for cultivating students’ global perspectives. It will demonstrate the impact that a due emphasis on the affective aspect of learning has on students' development of intercultural competence (including knowledge and attitudes). Finally, the project will develop case studies and other resources highlighting the participating lecturers’ best pedagogical practices. This cross-disciplinary project will include team members from nine departments across all three faculties, including five Teaching Award recipients, together with two external Co-Ss from North America specialising in cultural psychology and global citizenship education.
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): BUCHTEL, Emma Ellen Kathrina 蒲安梅, CHATELIER STEPHEN ERIC , YU, Kwan Wai Eric 余君偉 (BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar null as Co-Investigator)
 
Ethnic Minorities and Hong Kong's Current Protests: Non-Chinese "Hongkonger" Communities and Their Values
The purpose of the research is to identify how ethnic minorities view and engage in the current protests as well as their views on necessary new policies to deescalate the protests.
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar
 
Diversity, Equity and Social Inclusion Research Group
This proposal builds on and extends the achievements over the last two years by the Intercultural Studies Strategic Research Group in establishing a culture of collaborative research and high quality research outcomes:
i) Successful grant applications on diversity: 5 of 6 GRF/ECS applications since 2017 successful (83% success rate);
ii) Quality outputs: 1 co-edited book (Springer), 9 A*, 6 A journal articles by members on diversity (2 co-authored; three won awards)
iii) Research collaboration: multi-method, collaborative research project involving all members on ‘Belonging of Diverse Youth in Hong Kong’
iv) International conferences: AERA Symposium (2019); presentations at Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME) (2019);
v) RPG support: Monthly Theory Reading group.
vi) Community engagement: Symposium with the Equal Opportunity Commission, NGOs, schools practitioners and community members on ‘Minorities and Education: Future directions?’, https://sites.google.com/friends.eduhk.hk/intercultural-res/events/symposium
vii) Internationalization: i) established APIRN (Asia Pacific Intercultural Research Network) to connect regional diversity scholars. Includes members from Korean Educational Development Institute, Gyeongin National University of Education (South Korea), Osaka University (Japan), University of Canberra (Australia), Chiang Mai University (Thailand), National Institute of Education (Singapore).

Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): HALSE CHRISTINE MARGARET , HUE MING TAK 許明得, JACKSON, Liz null (BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar null as Co-Investigator)
 
Inclusion and Equity for Hong Kong’s Diverse Classrooms
The purpose of this project is to ensure that all teachers recognize the importance of creating inclusive and equitable classrooms. That they have experience of such teaching in their own teacher education and that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to assist them become active creators of, and carers for, inclusive and equitable classrooms.
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): GUBE, Jan Christian C 高俊傑 (BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar as Co-Principal Investigator)
 
School-Based Social Capital in Ethnic Minority Students’ Progression to Post-Secondary Education in Hong Kong
Making use of the theories of SBSC and school structure and culture, this study employs multiple, qualitative case studies to examine: a) institutional provision of SBSC; b) the resulting benefits and challenges that EM students interpret and experience as they navigate PSE decision-making and application processes; and c) the school structural and cultural factors that impede or facilitate EMs’ access and use of SBSC.
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): GAO, Fang 高放 (BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar as Co-Investigator)
 
Teaching Ethnic Minorities? Feel No Anxiety!
This Knowledge Transfer (KT) project is a series of comedy and talk shows that addresses race and cultural diversity issues in Hong Kong. In this KT, academics, comedians and/or teachers familiar with diversity issues will work collaboratively to discuss these issues bilingually in a lighthearted manner, rather than focusing solely on the struggles of marginalized minorities. The purpose is twofold: 1) break open the silence on topics and experiences in encountering people from different cultural backgrounds that educators might otherwise choose not to discuss and 2) generate interest in the wider local education sector on supportive cultural inclusion in classrooms.
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): GUBE, Jan Christian C 高俊傑 (BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar as Co-Investigator)
 
Investigating the Effectiveness of an Information Technology Entrepreneurship Training Program for Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong (香港少數族裔資訊科技創業培訓計劃的成效評估)
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Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): LEUNG, Chi Hung 梁智熊 (BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar null as Co-Investigator)
 
"Intercultural Studies"
This project's aim is to establish Intercultural studies in education as an area of strength in The Faculty of Education and Human Development. This will begin by comprising 4 research themes: i) young people in education; ii) educational leadership; iii) multicultural education and intercultural pedagogies; iv) international education and internationalization.
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): HALSE, Christine Margaret (BHOWMIK, Miron Kumar as Co-Investigator)
 
Prizes and awards

First best presenter award at the Third Annual Civic Education Conference
Received the award for the following paper: Bhowmik, M.K., Chung, S. K., Kennedy, K. J., Gube, J. C. C., Hue, M.T., & Chau, C. F. W. (2021, June). The Attitudes of Hong Kong’s Minoritized Communities to the Recent Social Movement and the Implications for Education. Paper presented at the Third Annual Civic Education Conference, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia and Universitas Negeri Manado, Indonesia.
Date of receipt: 12/6/2021, Conferred by: Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia and Universitas Negeri Manado, Indonesia