Lecturer, Department of Education Studies

Academic Qualifications

BEd (First Class Honors), East China Normal University
MEd (Dean’s Honors List), The University of Hong Kong
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

Academic & Professional Experience

1/2023-Present               Lecturer, Hong Kong Baptist University
3/2022-1/2023               Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Hong Kong
1/2022-3/2022               Part-time Lecturer, The University of Hong Kong

Research Interests

  • Early Childhood Education,
  • Classroom Quality
  • Child Development,
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Education Inequality

Academic & Professional Activities/ Consultancy/Community Services

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Liang, R., Yang, Y., & Van Leeuwen, K. (2022). Mobile phone parenting in work‐separated Chinese families with young children left behind: A qualitative inquiry into parenting dimensions and determinants. Child & Family Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12936

Yang, Y., & Rao, N. (2021). Teacher professional development among preschool teachers in rural China. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 42(3), 219-244. https://doi.org/10.1080/10901027.2020.1726844

Rao, N., Umayahara, M., Yang, Y., & Ranganathan, N. (2021). Ensuring access, equity and quality in early childhood education in Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar: Challenges for nations in a populous economic corridor. International Journal of Educational Development, 82, 102380. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2021.102380

Zhang, X., Lau, C., & Yang, Y. (2021). Shyness and social-emotional development among Chinese children: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Infant and Child Development. https://doi.org/10.1002/icd.2265

Conference Presentations (Refereed)

Yang, Y., Su, Y., Perlman. M, & Rao., N. (2022). Home and preschool influences on early achievement in China: A three-year longitudinal study. Poster presented at Development 2022: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology.

Yang, Y. & Rao, N. (2021). ECE teacher professional development experience, classroom quality, and child development in China. Poster presented at the 2021 Society for Research in Child Development Virtual Biennial Meeting.

Yang, Y. & Rao, N. (2021). Regional variations in preschool teachers’ induction and mentoring experiences in China. Poster presented at the 2021Virtual AERA Annual Meeting.

Yang, Y. & Rao, N. (accepted). Urban and rural differences in preschool teacher professional development in China. 26th Biennial Meeting of the Interantional Society for the Study of Behavoural Development.


Rao, N., Yang, Y., & Ranganathan, N. (2022, Mar 4) Measuring equitable access to early childhood education in Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar. South Asia @ LSE. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/southasia/2022/03/04/measuring-equitable-access-to-early-childhood-education-in-bangladesh-china-india-and-myanmar/


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):