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(Re)constructing school readiness from Chinese young children's perspectives

Gao, Jie; Li, Minyi; XU, YUWEI; Qin, Siyu; Guo, Weicheng; Tian, Zitong; Lok, Jesmine; Zeng, Xinyi


Jie Gao

Minyi Li

Siyu Qin

Weicheng Guo

Zitong Tian

Jesmine Lok

Xinyi Zeng


This interim report presents the ongoing progress of a collaborative project between the Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education (CTEY), UCL Institute of Education and the Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University (BNU), which aims to (re)construct school readiness from Chinese children's perspectives. In this report, we first set out the context and rationale for carrying out this project (see Section 1). Then, we introduce the overarching research questions of this project, followed by a detailed account of the research design and the instruments for conducting research with young children (see Section 2). Subsequently, we report the pilot study we have conducted and present the preliminary findings (see Section 3). Finally, we outline the first round of fieldwork that has been carried out in seven early years settings of different backgrounds in Beijing (see Section 4), together with a timetable illustrating the next steps and upcoming milestones of this research project (see Section 5).


Gao, J., Li, M., XU, Y., Qin, S., Guo, W., Tian, Z., …Zeng, X. (2021). (Re)constructing school readiness from Chinese young children's perspectives. Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education, UCL Institute of Education

Report Type Project Report
Online Publication Date Aug 20, 2021
Publication Date Aug 20, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 2, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 8, 2022
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