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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
  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

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

Teaching Summary

I am currently teaching:

  • MA Education
  • MA Early Years Education

As a subsidiary 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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