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Dr. Weipeng Yang's interdisciplinary research in Early Childhood Learning Sciences spans education, psychology, and computer science and focuses on redesigning early learning environments and experiences to optimize young children’s development in our rapidly evolving society. To achieve this goal, I am exploring three key areas: (a) integrating technology into early childhood education (ECE), (b) making ECE curriculum more culturally responsive, and (c) using STEAM learning to promote sustainable development in ECE. In particular, I am working with 13 Hong Kong non-profit kindergartens to investigate how young children develop coding and computational thinking skills through story-inspired robot programming and play activities. This research has important implications for computer science education in the early years and contributes to the development of equitable and sustainable educational programs that prioritize the needs and abilities of young children while preparing them for lifelong wellbeing in an ever-changing technological landscape. My research also contributes to the design, implementation, evaluation, and innovation of early childhood curriculum, technology integration, teacher learning, and leadership programs, and explores the use of artificial intelligence (AI) applications to benefit children and society as a whole.


Dr Yang has published in British Journal of Educational Technology, Teaching and Teacher Education, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Curriculum Studies and other peer-reviewed journals. He is currently the Editor of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, the Associate Editor of the Journal for the Study of Education and Development, a Steering Group member of the British Curriculum Forum (BCF), and the Convenor of the Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy (CAP) SIG at British Educational Research Association (BERA). He is also serving on the Editorial Boards of Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Early Education and Development, Curriculum Journal, ECNU Review of Education, and SN Social Sciences.

Research interests

  • Early childhood curriculum and pedagogy ("Curriculum Hybridisation", school-based curriculum development [SBCD], curriculum innovations, culturally responsive pedagogy [CRP], pedagogical interaction, etc.)
  • Teacher research and professional learning (curriculum-based professional learning [CBPL], practitioner inquiry, pedagogical leadership, etc.)
  • STEM/STEAM education in the early years (coding education, computational thinking education, robotics, AI literacy, makerspace, virtual worlds, early childhood engineering, etc.)
  • Social-emotional learning and wellbeing
  • Cultural and policy studies in early education

Teaching Interests

  • Early childhood education across cultures
  • Integrated curriculum in early childhood education
  • Early childhood teacher research and professional growth
  • Teaching and learning in early childhood education
  • Early childhood engineering education
  • Early childhood research methods

External Appointments

  • Editor, Journal of Research in Childhood Education
  • Associate Editor, Journal for the Study of Education and Development
  • Associate Editor, SN Social Sciences
  • Editorial Board Member, Early Childhood Research Quarterly
  • Editorial Board Member, Early Education and Development
  • Editorial Board Member, The Curriculum Journal
  • Editorial Board Member, ECNU Review of Education
  • Guest Editor (2019-2021), Policy Futures in Education
  • Guest Editor (2020-2022), ECNU Review of Education
  • Guest Editor (2019-2021), Early Education and Development
  • Guest Editor (2021-present), Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Education
  • Guest Editor (2022-present), Education Sciences
  • Guest Editor (2020-2021), BERA Research Intelligence

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