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Dr Weipeng Yang specialises in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy with interests in STEAM education (coding/computer programming, robotics, AI literacy, makerspace, virtual worlds, etc.), positive education, and professional learning. His research focuses on curriculum design and professional support for early childhood educators to scaffold young children's learning and promote their social-emotional wellbeing. His work with young children (especially those who are socially disadvantaged), teachers, parents, and communities aims to explore effective and sustainable approaches to high-quality curriculum and instruction in early childhood settings. He has extensive experience in conducting quantitative investigations and experiments, qualitative case studies, and evidence-informed policy studies.

Dr Yang has published in Journal of Curriculum Studies, Computers and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education and other peer-reviewed journals. He is currently the Associate Editor of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education and 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, Curriculum Journal, Early Education and Development, 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

  • Associate 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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