New University of Hong Kong FINE representative introduction

Mr. Weipeng Yang is pursuing his PhD in early childhood development and education at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). His on-going doctoral research aims to investigate the substantial influences of social and cultural factors on the development and implementation of school-based curriculum in Chinese kindergartens from a cultural-historical perspective. Weipeng’s research interests focus on curriculum as well as the professional supports (with feedbacks) for early childhood educators to scaffold young children’s learning and promote their social-emotional development. His work with young children, teachers, parents, and communities (especially those who are socially disadvantaged) aims to explore effective and sustainable ways of enhancing curricular and pedagogical practices in early childhood settings and to assess their effects through research. He is good at conducting qualitative cultural studies, quantitative investigations and experiments, and evidence-informed policy studies. Prior to his doctoral research at HKU, Weipeng worked as a kindergarten teacher and teaching researcher in a Shenzhen kindergarten for 3- to 6-year-olds. He graduated from Beijing Normal University with an honorary Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Chinese Language and Literature.Edgar UHK

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