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Dr Jie Gao
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
Tel: +44(0)20 7612 6546
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  • Research Fellow
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

I obtained my PhD from the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge in November 2016. My PhD project looked into parenting behaviours and the influence on children’s academic achievement and wellbeing. I joined the Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education (CTEY) in summer 2019. I currently work on research projects about Chinese early childhood education and care.

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research background lies in psychology of education. My research interests mainly include parenting, play, agency, children's well-being, children's voice and motivation theories. I am also interested in research on innovative methodologies. 

My current research projects mainly focus on development and evaluation of parenting programmes, early years teacher continuing professional development and children's voices in early childhood education and care.

I have worked on a number of research projects using a wide range of research methods. 

Teaching Summary

I am currently teaching:

MA Education

MA Early Years Education: Dissertation supervisor

As subsidiary supervisor, I can support PhD students whose research looks into the following topics:

  • Parenting
  • Play
  • Agency
  • Motivation theories
  • Children's wellbeing
  • Q methodology

Academic Background
2016   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2012   Master of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2011   Bachelor of Science Nanjing Normal University
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