Dr Chuanmei Dong
School of Education
Dr Chuanmei Dong believes that every child has the right to learn, develop and succeed, and is seeking an effective approach to harness the potential of digital technologies for enhancing the quality of education for all children, regardless of their social and cultural backgrounds.
Over the last two decades many educational policies have begun to emphasise the importance of effectively integrating ICT into the classroom in order to equip children with the knowledge and skills needed in the twenty-first century. In response to such changes, teachers are increasingly required to make informed decisions regarding the appropriate use of technology and interactive media in ways that support children’s learning and development.
With the fast development of advanced technologies and educational reforms in many countries and areas, “I am very interested in developing an in-depth understanding about early childhood teachers’ views and practices regarding young children’s use of ICT,” she says. Studying the teachers’ perspectives and pedagogies can not only reflect those social and educational changes in classroom practices, but can also further help understand the implementation of these educational reforms.
Her PhD project examined early childhood teachers’ perspectives and pedagogical practices in relation to young children’s use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in educational settings. She found that many children at very early age are using a wide range of ICT devices at home and children’s services for learning and play, but their educators were not equipped with adequate pedagogical and technological knowledge and skills to maximise the value of ICT for teaching and learning. To support this group of teachers, Chuanmei argued that all teachers need equitable opportunities for effective ICT professional development, in particular those who work with young children in early childhood settings. She further developed an evidence-based theoretical framework to support teachers’ integration of ICT for teaching and learning.
Chuanmei is currently teaching several undergraduate early childhood courses at the University of Newcastle and TAFE NSW Higher Education. She has been actively engaged in preparing early childhood teachers for the digital age through her teaching and research activities. Chuanmei is a member of DICE, a network of scholars interested in digital identity, curation of online presence, and serious games for learning. She is working with Associate Professor Erica Southgate and her team to investigate young children’s use of multimodal media and digital technology in the early years.
Chuanmei is a member of Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Global Education and Research (U.S) and a reviewer for International Journal of Early Years Education and Early Child and Development.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
- Early Childhood education
- Pedagogical approach
- Teachers' professional development
- English (Fluent)
- Chinese, nec (Mother)
Fields of Research
|130102||Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)||50|
|200102||Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies||50|
|Title||Organisation / Department|
|Casual Academic||University of Newcastle
School of Education
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/02/2016 -||lecturer and tutor||School of Education, The University of Newcastle
|1/06/2015 - 1/02/2016||Research Assistant||School of Education, The University of Newcastle
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Journal article (10 outputs)
Dong C, 'Preschool teachersÂ¿ perceptions and pedagogical practices: young childrenÂ¿s use of ICT', Early Child Development and Care, 1-16 (2017)
Dong C, 'Young ChildrenÂ¿s Use of ICT in Shanghai Preschools', Asia-Pacific Journal Of Research In Early Childhood Education, 10 97-123 (2016) [C1]
Dong C, Newman L, 'Ready, steadyÂ¿Â¿Â¿pause: integrating ICT into Shanghai preschools', International Journal of Early Years Education, 24 1-14 (2016) [C1]
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)
|2014||Dong C, Young ChildrenÂ¿s Use of ICT: Preschool teachers' perceptions and pedagogical practices in Shanghai preschools, The University of Newcastle, Australia (2014)|