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Ying Tao Associate Professor

Academic Area: 
  • Early science learning
  • Children’s conceptual understanding of science
  • Cross-cultural study

Educational Background

  • PhD, science education, The University of Western Australia (2012)
  • MA, English Languages and Literature, Hunan University (2008)
  • BA, English Language and Literature, Hunan University (2005)

Research Interests

  • Early science learning
  • Children’s conceptual understanding of science
  • Cross-cultural study

Research Projects

  • 2010-2012 Thinking Science—A cognitive acceleration program to raise high school students’ achievement in science, Australia Research Council (participants)

Journal Articles

  1. Tao, Y., Oliver, M. & Venville, G. (April, 2012). Chinese and Australian Year 3 children’s conceptual understanding of science: A multiple comparative case study. International Journal of Science Education, 34(6), 879-901.
  2. Tao, Y., Oliver, M. & Venville, G. (December, 2012). Long-term outcomes of early childhood science education: Insights from a cross-national comparative case study on conceptual understanding of science. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 10(6), 1269-1302.
  3. Tao, Y., Oliver, M. & Venville, G. (January, 2013). A Comparison of approaches to the teaching and learning of science in Chinese and Australian elementary classrooms: Cultural and socioeconomic complexities. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 50(1), 33-61.
  4. Tao, Y., Oliver, M. & Venville, G. (June, 2013). Chinese and Australian children’s understandings of the Earth: A cross cultural study of conceptual development.Cultural Studies of Science Education, 8(2), 253-283.
  5. Tao, Y. (March, 2015). Reflection on the Application of Monash University’s Teaching Model to China’s undergraduate Teaching, in Department of Early Childhood Education, Nanjing Normal University (eds), Research on Curriculum and Teaching of Bachelor’s Program in Preschool Education. Nanjing, China.

Honors and Awards

  • Cameron Prize in Education for the best piece of research submitted for a PhD, The University of Western Australia, 2012
  • WAIER Prize in Education for completing the best postgraduate publication in a Doctor of Philosophy in education, Western Australian Institute for Education Research, 2012.

Academic Title

  • committee member of OMEP China
  • member of Australasian Science Education Research Association
  • member of National Association of Research in Science Teaching (US)
  • reviewer of International Journal of Science Education
  • reviewer of Cultural Studies of Science Education


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