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Professor Zi YAN is Acting Head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Education University of Hong Kong. He is also the Co-Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Associate Director of the Assessment Research Centre (ARC). His publications and research interests focus on two related areas, i.e., educational assessment in the school and higher education contexts with an emphasis on student self-assessment; and Rasch measurement, in particular its application in educational and psychological research. He is the author of Student self-assessment as a process for learning (Routledge, 2022) and Applying the Rasch model: Fundamental measurement in the human sciences (Routledge, 2020). He is the recipient of the President's Research Excellence Award (2021/22) and in Stanford University's list of the world's top 2% most-cited scientists (2020, 2021, 2022).

Research interests

  • Educational assessment
  • Rasch measurement
  • Test/survey development
  • Teacher education

Teaching Interests

  • Assessment
  • Test/survey development
  • Quantitative research methodology

External Appointments

Honourary Professor, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University.

Professional appointment/membership

  • Co-director, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, EdUHK
  • Associate Director, Assessment Research Centre, EdUHK
  • Deputy Chair, Pacific Rim Objective Measurement Society
  • Member, Research and Development Committee, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
  • Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Member, National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), United States
  • Founder member, International Forum of Researchers in Education (IFORE)
  • Member, The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)
  • Member, The International Association for Educational Assessment
  • Affiliated Researcher, Collaborative for Student Assessment and Educational Improvement Research, Arizona State University, USA

Editorial Board

  • Associate Editorial, Educational Psychology
  • Assistant Editor, Studies in Educational Evaluation
  • Associate Section Editor, Assessment, Testing and Applied Measurement Section of Frontiers in Education


  • Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
  • Advances in Educational Research
  • Alberta Journal of Educational Research
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Education
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
  • Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
  • CAISE Review
  • Cambridge Journal of Education
  • Child Development
  • Computers & Education
  • Education Journal (in Chinese)
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Studies
  • Education Research International
  • Evaluation & Research in Education
  • International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • International Journal of Inclusive Education
  • International Journal of Science Education
  • International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
  • International Journal of Tourism Anthropology
  • International Journal of Training Research
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • Journal of Physical Education and Sport Management
  • Journal of Sport and Health Science
  • Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
  • Occupational Therapy International
  • Quality of Life Research
  • Psychology of Sport & Exercise
  • Studies in Educational Evaluation
  • Studies in Higher Education
  • Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
  • Teaching and Teacher Education
  • The Internet and Higher Education
  • Universal Journal of Educational Research
  • 心理科学 (Psychological Science)

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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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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