Research Projects

Learning is essential to human development; lifelong learning can help us cope with the constant challenges in our life, and to achieve our personal goals. How do we develop the ability of lifelong learning? Children are natural learners and it can be seen that the most efficient learning takes place in their early years. By studying the cognitive and social development of young children, we seek to understand learning process better in order to support creative learning.

Social Cognition

Our current social development studies include:

Tool Innovation

Natural Outdoor Activities and Creativity

Cooperative Norms

How Children Think about Punishing Immoral Behavior

Understanding Others and Punishment Behaviors

How Children Learn by Interacting with the Natural Environment

Concept Cognition

Concepts are the fundamental building blocks of human’s mind. We form concepts through abstracting our experience, and generalize the knowledge for future reference. Concepts are necessary for learning because they encourage people to extend their knowledge and learn about the world. By working with children, TULLL aims to have a better understanding of this topic. We aim to conduct research studies to gain insightful theories that can be applied by educators in their teaching practice.

Teacher Education

Classroom teaching and learning processes need to be co-created by both the learner and the teacher, however, most classrooms remain teacher-centered and teacher-led direct instructions. Our research goal is to investigate how to integrate pedagogies that can better support students’ diverse learning needs. Pedagogical approaches such as group work, hands-on learning, and project-based-learning, are still understudied in the Chinese basic education context. We also research how to facilitate teacher education that effectively trains teachers to utilize diverse and innovative pedagogies.

EdTech Design

We collaborate with experts in design, computer science and engineering to research and develop innovative, hands-on, online education tools and platforms. By exploring and experimenting with these tools, we aim to understand how they influence students’ competences like creativity, collaboration, innovation and problem solving.