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Chinese Name : 袁慧筠

Variants : Yuen, G. W. K.

Dr. Gail Yuen has worked in a variety of educational settings, both overseas and local. Graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Yuen has her expertise built on child and family development, as well as international educational development specializing in early childhood education. She is particularly interested in policy and advocacy for young children. Her recently completed studies on the voucher scheme and early childhood teacher development in Hong Kong have raised public attention on critical issues concerning the sector. Dr. Yuen works collaboratively with colleagues to promote the development of public discourse on pertinent policy issues. She actively promotes reconceptualizing the relation between early childhood and school education. Under her leadership, Dr. Yuen prepared a full proposal on 15-year free education together with a team of comrades. The proposal was submitted to the Hong Kong SAR Government and Legislative Council, as well as widely circulated to facilitate professional and public dialogues. Between 2013 and 2017, Dr. Yuen was the convener of the Alliance on the Fight for 15-year Free Education, representing 30 educational bodies in Hong Kong. She was also a member of one of the subcommittees under the Committee on Free Kindergarten Education of the Education Bureau. Dr. Yuen is now the convener of the Early Childhood Education Alliance. Her newly funded public policy research project will focus on kindergarten space in Hong Kong, which is considered to bear much significance in implications for policy and practice.

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Early childhood education policy; child advocacy; teacher development

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Scopus ID : 55972701600

ORCID : 0000-0001-7215-9406


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