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Chinese name: 陳惠玲

Dr. Chan Wai Ling has been working in the field of early childhood education since 1979. She was the Service Coordinator (Child Care Service) of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Social Services for the period of 1996-2000. She was responsible for the management of the operation of seven nursery schools, including administration and curriculum implementation.  In 2000, she joined the Hong Kong Institute of Education (now The Education University of Hong Kong) as a Lecturer in the Department of Early Childhood Education, and had taken up the role of the Founder Principal of the Hong Kong Institute of Education HSBC Early Childhood Learning Centre (ECLC) for the period of 2001-2007.  Apart from her role as an Assistant Professor in the Department since 2010, Dr. Chan had been the School Manager of ECLC (2009 to 2011), School Supervisor of ECLC (2011 – 2014) and Associate Director of the Centre for Childhood Research & Innovation (CCRI) (2010-2013) in the University.  From 2010 onwards, she has been serving as the Honorary Vice Chairperson of the Tai Po and North District Early Childhood Education Principals Association. She was also the School Manager and Consultant of various early childhood organizations with a role of providing on-site support and staff development to these organizations during the past years.

She has been interviewed by different media in the past years. She was also invited as the Group Member of the Education Drafting Group on the Child Health Policy for The Hong Kong Paediatric Society during the period of March 2013 to June 2015, and appointed as the Panel Member of a program validation exercise by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualification (HKCAAVQ) (May 2017- August 2017).

Her research interests are in the areas of Educational Transition, Learning and Teaching Methods and Infants and Toddlers Curriculum. Different Referred Journal Papers were published in international journals. Her recent publication is about the discrepancy between teachers’ belief and practices in Hong Kong.

Dr. Chan is the co-author of a book in the field of Children’s Transition. She has also edited several books in the fields of Curriculum Design, Young Children and Art, and Teacher Education. Through her extensive community services and professional consultancy works, she has established a good liaison network with numerous pre-school organizations and primary schools, and has earned the reputation for herself and the University in the field of early childhood education.

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Educational Transition, Learning and Teaching in Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Design for Infants and Toddlers

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