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Biography

Dr. I-Fang Lee joined the University of Newcastle in March 2012. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education in Hong Kong from 2006-2012. I-Fang's current research trajectories focus on contemporary issues relating to changes and reforms in early childhood education and care, constructions of Asian childhoods, and global knowledge on appropriate pedagogical practices in the early years.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison - USA, 28/08/2006
  • Master of Arts, Ohio State University - USA, 02/09/1999
  • Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), Ohio State University - USA, 21/03/1997

Research

Research keywords

  • Contemporary Issues of Equity and Diversity in Early Years
  • Early Childhood Education Policies and Changes
  • Poststructuralism in Early Childhood

Research expertise

Dr. I-Fang Lee's research trajectories focus on contemporary issues relating to changes and reforms in early childhood education and care, constructions of Asian childhoods, and global knowledge on appropriate pedagogical practices in the early years. I-Fang draws on critical theories and post-structural theoretical frameworks to reconceptualise and challenge mainstream socio-political rhetoric on reforms and policies through which a dominant construction of a desirable cosmopolitan childhood is fabricated. More recently, I-Fang seeks to illuminate the making of quality early childhood education and care in reform policies while unpacking constructions of social inclusion/exclusion to rethink issues concerning equity in the early years.

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • Chinese
  • Hokkien
  • Mandarin

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130200Curriculum And Pedagogy50
130102Early Childhood Education (Excl. Maori)50

Collaboration

I-Fang Lee is a co-founder and a core member of the Global Childhoods Collective that is associated with the Global Childhoods project. This project aims to explore and understand the experiences of childhoods in Asia. The participating Asian cultural locations are Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand (in alphabetical order).

Global Childhoods Project: http://www.globalchildhoods.net/

In 2010, I-Fang was invited to become Velma E. Schmidt Fellow in the College of Education at the University of North Texas and became a member of the International Critical Childhood Studies Collaborative. This Collaborative has twelve international scholars from the globe and it is a network of researchers committed to social justice, peace, and equity for younger human beings. Currently, the Collaborative focuses on an international research partnership that uses critical qualitative research methods to unmask the policy assemblages related to childhood public policy in diverse geopolitical locations.

Critical Childhood Studies Collaborative: http://www.coe.unt.edu/velma-e-schmidt-endowed-chair/international-fellows

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I am currently Deputy Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Teaching Primary/Early Childhood Studies degree on Ourimbah campus. I am also a course coordinator for several undergraduate and master courses at both Ourimbah and Callaghan campuses at the University of Newcastle.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Education Policy
  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Leadership and Advocacy in Early Years

Teaching expertise

I-Fang teaches courses in early childhood education including diversity and inclusion, leadership and advocacy, approaches to early childhood education, contemporary issues and reforms in early childhood education.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Lee I-F, 'Global and Local Trends for Governance and Planning in Early Childhood Education and Care: Effects of Preschool Vouchers.', Childhoods: A Handbook, Peter Lang, New York, New York, U.S.A. 131-144 (2010) [B1]
2008Lee I-F, Tseng C-L, 'Cultural conflicts of the child-centered approach to early childhood education in Taiwan', Early Years: an international journal of research and development, 28 183-196 (2008) [C1]
2008Lee I-F, 'Formations of New Governing Technologies and Productions of New Norms: the dangers of pre-school voucher discourse.', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 9 80-82 (2008) [C1]
2003Bloch MN, Lee I-F, Peach R, 'Partnering to Serve and Save the Child with Potential', Educational Partnerships and the State: The Paradoxes of Governing Schools, Children, and Families, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, New York, U.S.A. 237-266 (2003) [B1]

Publications

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Unused 1 (1 outputs)

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Yelland N, Saltmarsh S, Lee IF, Blaise M, ERROR INVALID CATEGORY: FOR PUBLICATION RP_UID 152674

Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Lee I-F, Promising What through Preschool Vouchers? Illusions of Freedom, Equality, Democracy, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, New York, U.S.A., 152 (2009) [A1]

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Lee I-F, 'Global and Local Trends for Governance and Planning in Early Childhood Education and Care: Effects of Preschool Vouchers.', Childhoods: A Handbook, Peter Lang, New York, New York, U.S.A. 131-144 (2010) [B1]
2006Lee I-F, 'Illusions of Social Democracy: Early Childhood Educational Voucher Policies in Taiwan.', The Child in the World/the world in the Child: Education and the Configuration of a Universal, Modern, and Globalized Childhood, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, New York, U.S.A. 195-211 (2006) [B1]
2003Bloch MN, Lee I-F, Peach R, 'Partnering to Serve and Save the Child with Potential', Educational Partnerships and the State: The Paradoxes of Governing Schools, Children, and Families, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, New York, U.S.A. 237-266 (2003) [B1]

Journal article (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Lee IF, Tseng CL, 'Young children¿s living and learning experiences under the biliterate and trilingual education policy in Hong Kong', Global Studies of Childhood, 3 26-39 (2013) [C1]
2013Lee I, 'Neoliberal imaginaries in early childhood education and care.', The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, 19 27-35 (2013) [C1]
2012Lee I-F, 'Unpacking neoliberal policies: Interrupting the global and local production of the norms', Journal of Pedagogy, 3 30-42 (2012) [C1]
2012Lee I-F, 'Global childhoods: Portraits of living and literacy learning in Hong Kong', The International Journal of Learning, 18 17-27 (2012) [C1]
2008Lee I-F, Tseng C-L, 'Cultural conflicts of the child-centered approach to early childhood education in Taiwan', Early Years: an international journal of research and development, 28 183-196 (2008) [C1]
2008Lee I-F, '(Re)Understanding the Montessori Method', Hong Kong Institute of Education, 7 25-31 (2008) [C1]
2008Lee I-F, 'Formations of New Governing Technologies and Productions of New Norms: the dangers of pre-school voucher discourse.', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 9 80-82 (2008) [C1]
2006Lee I-F, 'Rethinking the Taiwanese Preschool Vouchers.', The Hong Kong Journal of Early Childhood, 5 33-40 (2006) [C1]
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Conference (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Lee I, 'Unpacking neoliberal imaginary in Asia: Envisioning better early childhood education?', Abstracts. 9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign (2013) [E3]
2013Lee I, 'Unpacking neoliberal imaginaries of early childhood education and care in East Asia', Abstracts. 9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign (2013) [E3]
2012Lee I-F, 'Constructing quality early childhood care and education for all: A cultural perspective', Trans-Disciplinary Conference on Early Childhood Development and Education. Programme, Cape Town, South Africa (2012) [E3]
2012Lee I-F, Yelland NJ, Tseng CL, 'Global childhoods: Portraits of living in the 21st century', AERA 2012 Abstracts, Vancouver, BC (2012) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$6,341

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2013 (1 grants)

Global Childhoods: Portraits of Children’s Living and Learning in the Asia-Pacific$4,841
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor I-Fang Lee
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,84120132013
GNo:G1300090

2012 (1 grants)

American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver Canada, 13 - 17 April 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor I-Fang Lee
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200552
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorTransformation from Needs to Goals: Improving the English Proficiency of Thai Undergraduate Students.
20142018PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorThe Integration of Teaching Foreign Cultures into Language Teaching in Non-Gifted English Classes in Vietnamese University Contexts
20132017M Philosophy (Education)Co-SupervisorAfrican Refugee Children and Their Families Perspectives Transitioning into Early Childhood Services in Newcastle
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Dr I-Fang Lee

Work Phone(02) 4348 4128
Fax(02) 4348 4075
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEducation
Office
HO 108,
Humanities Building,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/i-fang-lee