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

I joined the Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education (CTEY) in summer 2019. Before that I worked as a psychology researcher at Sheffield Hallam University. 

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.

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research background lies in educational and developmental psychology. My research interests include parenting behaviours, motivation theories, play and children's well-being.

Selective previous research projects include:

2019 Mathematics anxiety in Chinese primary school students 

2018  Understanding patient activation and adherence to nebuliser treatment in adults with Cystic Fibrosis: responses to the UK version of PAM-13

2018  International students’ course satisfaction, academic motivation academic achievement and wellbeing in higher education

2017  Learning Analytics in higher education: perspectives from undergraduates and university teaching staffs

2016  Consultancy on education reform in Niger State (TENS)

2015  Exploring young people’s wellbeing and school engagement in Kazakhstan

2015  Parental spillover effects on young children's academic achievement

2014  Closing the achievement gap in mathematics

Teaching Summary

I am currently teaching:

MA Early Years Education: Dissertation supervisor

I would welcome enquiries from prospective MA and PhD students interested in the following topics:

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

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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