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Dr I-Fang Lee

Senior Lecturer

School of Education (Education)

Career Summary

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.

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.

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.

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.

Collaborations
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 2010-2014, 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. The Collaborative is committed to social justice, peace, and equity for younger human beings. I-Fang is interested in international collaborations with researchers and RHD students on topics related to education and care in early years.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison - USA
  • Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), Ohio State University - USA
  • Master of Arts, Ohio State University - USA

Keywords

  • Contemporary Issues of Equity and Diversity in Early Years
  • Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Education Policies and Changes
  • Early Childhood Education Policy
  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Leadership and Advocacy in Early Years
  • Poststructuralism in Early Childhood

Languages

  • Cantonese (Fluent)
  • Mandarin (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130102Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)50
130299Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/03/2014 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/08/2006 - 1/01/2012Assistant ProfessorThe Hong Kong Institute of Education
Department of Early Childhood Education
Hong Kong
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


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]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee

Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lee I, Nicola Yelland, 'The Global Childhood Project: Complexities of Learning and Living with a Bi-Literate and Trilingual Literacy Policy', Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education: Critical Questions, New Imaginaries and Social Activism, Peter Lang, New York 313-324 (2014) [B1]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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Journal article (12 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lee I-F, 'Assemblages of Quality Early Childhood Education and Care in the Cross-Taiwan Strait Geopolitical Space in Asia. Interplay of Opportunity and Risk', International Review of Qualitative Research, 7 80-92 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1525/irqr.2014.7.1.80
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
2014Lee I-F, 'Assemblages of Quality Early Childhood Education and Care in the Cross-Taiwan Strait Geopolitical Space in Asia', International Review of Qualitative Research, 7 80-92 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1525/irqr.2014.7.1.80
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
2014LEE I-FANG, 'Contemporary Childhoods in Asia: becoming (pre)school students in Hong Kong', Global Studies of Childhood, 4 157-168 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.2304/gsch.2014.4.3.157
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
2013Lee I, 'Neoliberal imaginaries in early childhood education and care.', The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, 19 27-35 (2013) [C1]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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]
DOI10.2304/gsch.2013.3.1.26
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
2013Yelland N, Saltmarsh S, Lee IF, Blaise M, 'The Global Childhoods Project', Global Studies of Childhood, 3 . (2013) [C6]
2012Lee I-F, 'Unpacking neoliberal policies: Interrupting the global and local production of the norms', Journal of Pedagogy, 3 30-42 (2012) [C1]
DOI10.2478/v10159-012-0002-z
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
2012Lee I-F, 'Global childhoods: Portraits of living and literacy learning in Hong Kong', The International Journal of Learning, 18 17-27 (2012) [C1]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
2008Lee I-F, '(Re)Understanding the Montessori Method', Hong Kong Institute of Education, 7 25-31 (2008) [C1]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
2006Lee I-F, 'Rethinking the Taiwanese Preschool Vouchers.', The Hong Kong Journal of Early Childhood, 5 33-40 (2006) [C1]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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Conference (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lee I, Yelland N, 'Understanding contemporary childhoods and studenthoods in the Asia Pacific Region', The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy, Philadelphia, PA (2014) [E1]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
2013Lee I, 'Unpacking neoliberal imaginary in Asia: Envisioning better early childhood education?', Abstracts. 9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
2012Lee I-F, Yelland NJ, Tseng CL, 'Global childhoods: Portraits of living in the 21st century', AERA 2012 Abstracts, Vancouver, BC (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lee I, Yelland N, Saltmarsh S, 'Contemporary childhoods in Asia: Becoming (pre)school students in Hong Kong.', ( pp.28-28): Common Ground Publishing (2014) [O1]
Co-authorsI-Fang Lee
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$10,341

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20152 grants / $4,000

AERA (American Educational Research Association), Chicago USA, 16-20 April 2015$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor I-Fang Lee
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500199
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

International Conference: Anji Play from International Perspectives, China 11-14 June$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor I-Fang Lee
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500843
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20131 grants / $4,841

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor I-Fang Lee
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300090
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20121 grants / $1,500

American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver Canada, 13 - 17 April 2012$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor I-Fang Lee
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200552
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014The Representation of Life Outside Vietnam in 1st Year Technical University Textbooks in Hanoi and its Influence on Learners' Cultural Competence in English Learning
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Contributing to a Convivial Society in South Africa through Public Provisioning for Young Children: A Critical Discourse Analysis of ECD Policy between 1994-2014
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2013Examining the Power Effects that Influence Educator¿s Decision Making when Planning with the Early Years Learning Framework
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2010An Examination of the Discursive Construction of Academic 'Underachievement'
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr I-Fang Lee

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Education

Contact Details

Emaili-fang.lee@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4348 4128
Fax(02) 4348 4075

Office

RoomHO 108
BuildingHumanities Building
LocationOurimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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