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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, he is exploring three key areas: (a) Empowering children and teachers with digital technologies (e.g., robotics, AI, AR/VR/MR) in early childhood education, (b) Using STEAM learning to promote young children’s computational thinking, and (c) Making early childhood curricula and pedagogies more culturally responsive.

Dr. Yang brings expertise in conducting quasi-experiments, randomized controlled trials (RCTs), and in-depth case studies, with a recent focus on equitable educational robotics and sustainable STEAM education activities for young children. This research has important implications for computational thinking and 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. His 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, Journal of Educational Computing Research, Teaching and Teacher Education, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Curriculum Studies and other prestigious journals. He has published 7 books, including a monograph. He was named among the World’s Top 2% Most-cited Scientists in 2023 by Stanford University and Elsevier. 

Dr. Yang is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief 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 British Journal of Educational Technology, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Early Education and Development, Curriculum Journal, ECNU Review of Education, and SN Social Sciences.

Dr. Yang has been involved in numerous knowledge transfer events such as the Oxford University Press (OUP) Education Leadership Forum (2021), Jockey Club School Transition and Readiness Project Public Lectures 2022/23, Learning & Teaching Expo 2023, and China Education Innovation Achievements Charity Exhibition (第六屆中國教育創新成果公益博覽會).

Research interests

  • Early Childhood Learning Sciences
  • Educational Robotics
  • Coding and Computational Thinking
  • STEAM Education (coding education, computational thinking education, AI literacy, makerspace, virtual worlds, early childhood engineering, etc.)
  • Teacher Research and Professional Learning (curriculum-based professional learning [CBPL], video clubs, etc.)
  • Social-Emotional Learning and Wellbeing

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, British Journal of Educational Technology
  • 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 (2023-present), Future in Educational Research (Wiley)

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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