Dr Yuchen Wang

Research Associate and Tutor

Background

I received my early training in psychology and special education, and had research experience in child development, mental health and intercultural communication. Driven by my volunteering teaching experience in segregated institutions for disabled children and adults in Shanghai, in recent years, my research focuses on inclusive education development, and in particular, the implications of student voice for transforming practice.

I completed my PhD research ‘Imagining Inclusive Schooling’ at the University of Edinburgh, which examined disabled children’s learning and participation in mainstream schools in Shanghai through an ethnographic approach. With the support of ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship (Counting Every Child In, https://yuchenwanguk.wixsite.com/ceciproject), the research was further disseminated to key stakeholders in China including families, activists, academics, policy-makers, school practitioners and international agencies. I am now conducting research on: Lecture Recording and Inclusive Practice, http://www.de.ed.ac.uk/project/lecture-recording-inclusive-education; Telling it like it is: low-income families with deaf children in the UK, http://www.ssc.education.ed.ac.uk/research/tellingit/.

I am the convener of a network that links academics, NGOs and individuals who are interested in disability issues in China. Please get in touch if you would like to join our mailing list (disability-china@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk). I have been actively promoting Scotland-China exchange and collaboration in education. I have successfully facilitated several visits of academics, student teachers and school practitioners from China to Scotland, which has led to the development of partnerships between institutions.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Education, University of Edinburgh
  • MEd in Special Education (Clinical Psychology), East China Normal University
  • BSc in Applied Psychology, East China Normal University

Postgraduate teaching

  • Tutor. Comparative approaches to inclusive and special education (MSc Inclusive Education 2018-19)
  • Tutor. Research methods: sources of knowledge. (PGT programme 2018-19)
  • Course co-organisor. Comparative approaches to inclusive and special education (MSc Inclusive Education 2017-18)
  • Tutor. Comparative approaches to inclusive and special education (MSc Inclusive Education 2016-17)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

No

Research summary

  • Inclusion and diversity in education
  • Student voice
  • Global South
  • Disability rights
  • Technology

Knowledge exchange

Barriers to inclusive education in China and possibilities of change. Presenter and organiser of Disability Research Edinburgh Network & China Disability Research Network Seminar - Disability in China: employment, parents’ advocacy and inclusive education. 29 October 2018. University of Edinburgh.

Mini-series: Inclusive education and lecture recording. University of Edinburgh Teaching Matters Blog. Co-authored with Dr Jeremy Knox. 3 October 2018. http://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/inclusive-education-and-lecture-recording/

Responding to online consultation for the 2020 GEM Report on inclusion and education. Blog article. 1 October 2018. https://yuchenwanguk.wixsite.com/ceciproject/single-post/2018/10/01/Responding-to-online-consultation-for-the-2020-GEM-Report-on-inclusion-and-education

Invited participant. ESRC project workshop - Government contracting of welfare services to NGOs in China. 20 September. London School of Economics and Political Science.

China's UNCRPD progress report - public consultation opened for 24 hours. Blog article. 14 September 2018. https://yuchenwanguk.wixsite.com/ceciproject/single-post/2018/10/02/Chinas-UNCRPD-progress-report---public-consultation-opened-for-24-hours

Increasing inclusive schooling in China. ESRC Society Now Magazine. Autumn 2018. https://esrc.ukri.org/files/news-events-and-publications/publications/magazines/society-now/society-now-issue-32/

Inclusive education with lecture recording. Edited by Lorraine Spalding. BITS Magazine. University of Edinburgh. Summer 2018. https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/bits_21_summer_2018_web.pdf

Transformational Learning about Disability Rights at the Festival of Creative Learning. Jinghua Qian and Yu Fang, edited by Yuchen Wang. July, 2018. https://festivalofcreativelearning.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/transformational-learning-about-disability-rights-at-the-festival-of-creative-learning/

Working together for inclusive and quality education. Scotland China Education Network Advisory Council Meeting. Edinburgh, Scotland. 1 December, 2017.

Inviting secondary head teachers from Zhejiang province to attend ‘Leadership for Future Schools’ programme. Moray House School of Education. University of Edinburgh. 6-17 November, 2017. This has led to regular study visits of practitioners from the province to Moray House.

Convener of ‘Counting Every Child In’ Network Seminar. Also presenting ‘From listening to action: Promoting disabled children’s inclusion in education in China’. Edinburgh, Scotland. 11-12 October, 2017.

Invited speaker for ‘inclusive pedagogy’ course. MSc Inclusive Education programme. Moray House School of Education. University of Edinburgh. 4 October, 2017.

Consultancy on child-led inclusive school culture campaign project. National Network of Parents for Children with Intellectual Disabilities. September, 2017 – June, 2018.

Inviting students from Beijing Normal University to attend ‘Comparative and International Approaches to Inclusive Education Summer School’. Moray House School of Education. University of Edinburgh. 10-14 July, 2017. (Report from Beijing Normal University students, link).

Inclusive pedagogy and listening to pupil voice. Workshop with early years teachers in Henan Province (part of National Teacher Education Programme). Zhengzhou. 12 July, 2017.

Developing inclusive practice in schools. Workshop with Beijing Chaoyang District Special Education Resource Centre. Beijing. 7 July, 2017.

Consultancy on policy engagement. National Network of Parents for Children with Intellectual Disabilities. Beijing. 6 July, 2017.

Roundtable panel. Haidian District International Seminar on Inclusive Education. Beijing. 5-6 July, 2017. (Media cover: Beijing Haidian Education Authority, link)

Concluding speech on inclusive education (sub-forum). China Disability and Sustainable Development Forum. ILO, UNDP, UNESCO and UNICEF. Beijing. 30 June 2017. (Media cover: China Daily, link)

Keep pedalling: generating research impact in international contexts. 6th Annual Childhood Studies ‘Jamboree’ workshop. University of Edinburgh. 1 March, 2017.

Invited speaker for ‘comparative approaches to inclusive and special education’ course. MSc Inclusive Education programme. Moray House School of Education. University of Edinburgh. Jan-March, 2017.

Project activity

2018-2019 Research Associate. 'Lecture Recording and Inclusive Practice in Higher Education'. Principal's Teaching Award Scheme. University of Edinburgh. PI: Jeremy Knox, University of Edinburgh. The project investigates how lecture recording is used to support inclusive practice at the University of Edinburgh and the issues in its application.

2017 -2018 Principal Investigator. 'Counting every child in: promoting incluisve and quality education for disabled children in China'. ESRC GCRF Postdoctoral Fellowship. University of Edinburgh. The project aims to generate further impact of the PhD research to promote inclusive and quality education for disabled children in China. By conducting a variety of engagement activities such as producing accessible reports and facilitating workshops for practitioners and policy-makers, several key messages were disseminated to a wide range of academic and non-academic audience, driving a collaborative approach at all levels to foster positive change.

2012-2016 PhD project ‘Imagining Inclusive Schooling’. University of Edinburgh. Through an ethnographic and ethical approach, the research examined the status of disabled children’s learning and participation in regular schools in Shanghai. The research identified existing processes of marginalisation and exclusion towards disabled children and explored possible models of improving inclusive provision.

Current project grants

University of Edinburgh Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (co-applicant).

Past project grants

UK ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship (principle investigator).

Conference details

Artificial Intelligence and Educational Inclusion. Big Data Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (BDAIR18) Symposium. Leicester. 28 June, 2018.

A critical examination of China’s policy development in supporting disabled children’s inclusion in education. The British Association of China Studies Annual Conference 2017. Glasgow. 7-9 September, 2017.

From research to impact: promoting disabled children’s inclusion in education in China. The European Conference of Educational Research 2017. Copenhagen, Denmark. 22-25 August, 2017.

Counting every child in: promoting inclusive and quality education for disabled children in China. Scholarship awarded. The Research for Development Impact Network Conference. Sydney, Australia. 13-14 June, 2017.

Making it right for every child: examining the inclusion of disabled children in regular schools in China. The 6th Beijing Normal University/UCL-IOE International Conference in Education. Beijing, China. 12-13 May, 2017.

Listening to disabled children: an ethnographic inquiry into inclusive schooling in Shanghai. Invited keynote. The First Eland Inclusive Education International Symposium. Xiamen, China. 9-10 January, 2017.

Knox, J., Wang, Y. and Gallagher, M. (eds.) (2019) Artificial Intelligence and Inclusive Education Speculative Futures and Emerging Practices. Singapore: Springer Nature.

Knox, J., Wang, Y. and Gallagher, M. (2019) Introduction: AI, inclusion, and 'everyone learning everything'. In Knox, J., Wang, Y. and Gallagher, M. (eds.) Artificial Intelligence and Inclusive Education Speculative Futures and Emerging Practices. Singapore: Springer Nature. pp. 1-13.

Wang, Y. and Florian, L. (2019) Learning from Children: Experiences of Bullying in Regular Classrooms. In Scorgie, K. and Forlin, C. (eds.) Promoting Social Inclusion: Co-creating Environments that Foster Equity and Belonging. Bingley: Emerald Publishing. pp. 79-92.

(under revision) Wang, Y. Promoting Inclusive Education? Examining Disabled Children’s Learning and Participation in Mainstream Schools in China.

Knox, J. and Wang, Y. (2018) University of Edinburgh Teaching Matters blog mini-series: Inclusive education and lecture recording. Link: https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/inclusive-education-and-lecture-recording/

Wang, Y. (2018) Increasing inclusive schooling in China. ESRC Society Now Magazine (Autumn). Link: https://esrc.ukri.org/files/news-events-and-publications/publications/magazines/society-now/society-now-issue-32/

Wang, Y. (2018) Inclusive education with lecture recording. UoE BITS Magazine (Summer). Link: https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/bits_21_summer_2018_web.pdf

Qian, J., Fang, Y. and Wang, Y. (2018) Transformational Learning about Disability Rights at the Festival of Creative Learning. Link: https://festivalofcreativelearning.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/transformational-learning-about-disability-rights-at-the-festival-of-creative-learning/

Wang, Y. (2017) Counting Every Child In project: summary report and key lessons for stakeholders. https://yuchenwanguk.wixsite.com/ceciproject/resources

Wang, Y. (2016) Imagining Inclusive Schooling: An Ethnographic Inquiry into Disabled Children’s Learning and Participation in Regular Schools in Shanghai. PhD thesis. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh. https://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/22829