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

I obtained my PhD in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge in November 2016. My research background lies in the areas of Psychology of Education. I obtained the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), British Psychological Society, in October 2012.

Currently, my main position at IOE is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education. I also work as a Lecturer (Teaching) for the MA Education Programme at the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. Meanwhile, I co-supervise PhD students at IOE. 

Research Groups
Research Summary
My research background lies in psychology of education. My research interests mainly include parenting, children's play, agency, well-being and motivation theories. I am also interested in research on innovative methodologies, particularly those of mixed-method approaches, such as Q-methodology. 

My current research projects mainly focus on the following areas:

  • children's voices in early childhood education and care; 
  • transition period from preschool to primary education; 
  • the development and evaluation of parenting programmes; 
  • early years teacher continuing professional development.

Teaching Summary

I am currently teaching:

  • MA Education
  • MA Early Years Education

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

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