Dr Chuanmei Dong

Dr Chuanmei Dong

Casual Academic

School of Education

Career Summary


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
  • ICT
  • Pedagogical approach
  • Teachers' professional development


  • English (Fluent)
  • Chinese, nec (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) 50
200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Education

Academic appointment

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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Dong C, 'Preschool teachers¿ perceptions and pedagogical practices: young children¿s use of ICT', Early Child Development and Care, 1-16 (2017)
DOI 10.1080/03004430.2016.1226293
Citations Scopus - 1
2016 Dong C, 'Young Children¿s Use of ICT in Shanghai Preschools', Asia-Pacific Journal Of Research In Early Childhood Education, 10 97-123 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.17206/apjrece.2016.10.3.97
2016 Dong C, Newman L, 'Ready, steady¿¿¿pause: integrating ICT into Shanghai preschools', International Journal of Early Years Education, 24 1-14 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09669760.2016.1144048
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Linda Newman
2009 Dong C, 'You er yuan you xi ben tu hua[ 'Localization' of play in kindergartens]', Educational Daily, (2009)
2009 Dong C, 'Ying guo zao qi jiao yu xin xi ji shu zheng ce [Early childhood education ICT policies in the UK]', Shanghai Early Childhood Education, (2009)
2009 Dong C, 'Xin xi lan xin xi ji shu zheng ce [ICT policies in early childhood education in New Zealand]', Early Years Education, (2009)
2009 Dong C, 'You er jiao yu & ben tu wen hua [Integrating local culture into early childhood education]', Early Childhood Teaching and Research, (2009)
2008 Dong C, Pan J, 'Ying guo xue xiao wang luo zheng ce [School E-safety policies in the UK ]', China Educational Network, (2008)
2008 Dong C, 'Xin xi ji shu ying yong yan jiu [The use of ICTin Finnish schools]', Zhanjiang Teacher Education Journal, (2008)
2008 Dong C, 'Wo guo nv zi shi fan jiao yu de yan bian [Historical changes in Chinese female student teachers' education]', Journal of Chuangchu Technology Univeristy, (2008)
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Dong C, Young Children¿s Use of ICT: Preschool teachers' perceptions and pedagogical practices in Shanghai preschools, The University of Newcastle, Australia (2014)

Dr Chuanmei Dong


Casual Academic
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email chuanmei.dong@newcastle.edu.au