You Yun

发布日期: 2017-10-12   作者:  浏览次数: 1249

Yun You(游韵)

Ph.D.  Associate Professor

Research fellow, Institute of Schooling Reform and Development

Director, International MA/PhD Programs


Address: 1106, Liberal Arts Building, East China Normal University. Shanghai, 200062, P.R. China.

Research interests and areas:

  • Reflecting on education policy borrowingand knowledge production in the context of globalization, particularly drawing on the decolonial perspective

  • Destructing the Western dominant construction, representation and referencing of East Asian education, and moving further, elaborating Chinese educational ideas and thoughts from sui generis onto-epistemo-cosmologicallenses

  • Reimagining and reconfiguring education to reinforce interrelatedness and interdependency within and beyond human society by deeply engaging trans-indigenous cultures and philosophies

  • Understanding Chinese education discourses and reforms in the historical, economic, socio-political and culturalinterplays, with an especial focus on social and gender inequalities

Educational experience

2011-2015 PhD. Institute of Education (IOE), University College London

2010-2011 MA. Institute of Education (IOE), University College London

2008-2010 MEd. College of Education, Capital Normal University

2003-2007 BEd. College of Education, Capital Normal University

Professional affiliations and activities

2022-present Editorial board member, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

2021 George Bereday Award committee member, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)


Policy studies in education (English, graduate students, compulsory)

Academic English (English, graduate students, compulsory)

Moral education: Theory and Method (Chinese, undergraduate students, compulsory)

Education ideas and policies across cultures (English, undergraduate students, optional)


Peer-reviewed publications

·       You, Y., and Yu, M. (2023). Constructing common worlds pedagogies in the crisis of Anthropocene: Commentary on Learning to Become with the World: Education for Future Survival by UNESCO. Journal of East China Normal Univevrsity (Education Science), 12: 46-57.

·        You, Y., and Liang, Y. (2023). Reflecting on the cross-cultural comparability of international education assessments: The case of OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills [in Chinese]. Research in Education Development, 15-16: 100-110.

·        You, Y., and Choi, T. H. (2023). The halted neoliberalising of public schools: Policy trajectories of two ‘failed’ privatisation reforms in South Korea and China. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. DOI:10.1080/03057925.2023.2254215

·        You, Y., and Yang, X. (2023). Modernizing education with Chinese characteristics? The Chinese academic discourse on education modernization (1985–2021). Asian Pacific Education Review. DOI: 10.1007/s12564-023-09853-1

·        You, Y. (2023). Learn to become a unique interrelated person: An alternative of social-emotional learning drawing on Confucianism and Daoism. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 55(4): 519-530. (interview with FreshEd:, VPN needed in mainland China)

·        You, Y., and Nussey, C. (2023). The resurgence of ‘ignorance is women’s virtue’: Leftover women and the construct of an ‘ideal’ level of female education in China. Gender and Education, 34(8): 1058-1073.

·        You, Y. (2022). Scrutinizing social emotional learning from Chinese perspectives [in Chinese]. Journal of Northwest Normal University (Social Science), 59(2): 38-47.

·         You, Y., and Yu, M. (2021). “Decentralizing and diversifying”: Contemplating the value orientation of PISA [in Chinese]. Research in Education Development, 22: 7-16. 

·         Yang, X., and You, Y. (2021). Education modernization from the Chinese perspectives [in Chinese]. Educational Research, 3: 135-148.

·         You, Y. (2021). Run by others: School autonomy in Shanghai’s entrustment management reform. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 41(3): 594-608.

·         You, Y. (2020). Learning experience: An alternative understanding inspired by thinking through Confucius. ECNU Review of Education, 3(1): 66-87.

·         Silova, I., Rappleye, J. and You, Y. (co-guest editors, equal contribution). (2020). Beyond the western horizon in educational research: Toward a deeper dialogue about our interdependent futures (editorial)ECNU Review of Education, 3(1): 3-19. 

·         You, Y. (2020). A ‘New Orientalism’: The English representation of East Asian education. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 50(5): 742-763.

·         You, Y. (2019). The ‘round trip’ of learner-centred education: A ‘best practice’ derived from China’s New Curriculum Reform? Comparative Education, 55(1): 97-115.

·         Auld, E., and You, Y. (2019). Brave new world(s): Intelligent governance, smart schools, and AIEd.In T. Jules and F. Salajan (eds.), The Educational Intelligent Economy: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things in Education (pp. 233-249). Emerald Publishing.

·         You, Y. (2017). Comparing school accountability in England and its East Asian sources of ‘borrowing’. Comparative Education, 53 (2): 224-244.  

·         You, Y., and Morris, P. (2016). Imagining school autonomy in high-performing education systems: East Asia as a source of policy referencing in England. Compare:A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 46(6): 882-905.  

·         You, Y., and Tan, B. (2009). It looks beautiful – A reflection on childhood education through unconventional children’s little red flower complex [in Chinese]. Journal of Educational Studies, 5(1): 25-32.

Other publications

·         Article: You, Y. (2021). Common worlds pedagogies: Learning to become with the world [in Chinese]. Shanghai Education, 6: 5-9.

·         Book review: You, Y. (2020). Education and society in Post-Mao China by Edward Vickers and Zeng Xiaodong (Routledge, 2017). China Review International, 24(4): 339-343.

·         Book chapter: You, Y. (2011). Teacher education in British comprehensive universities. In S. Chen and Q. Zhou (eds.), International Comparison of Teacher Education in Comprehensive Universities: Case Study. Chongqing: Southwest University Publishing.

Research Projects

2021 Community education system: Serving the lifelong learning for all, funded by National Office for Education Sciences Planning (Participant, ongoing)

2021 The professionalizing learning of teachers and the innovation of evaluating teachers, funded by Fundamental Research Funds for Central Universities (Participant, ongoing)

2020 The reconfiguration of international large-scale assessments drawing on Chinese values, funded by National Office for Education Sciences Planning (Primary investigator, ongoing)

2019 The reconstruction of Chinese pedagogical thinking, funded by Fundamental Research Funds for Central Universities (Primary investigator, ongoing)

2018 Future schools in the process of modernization, funded by Fundamental Research Funds for Central Universities (Participant, ongoing)

2017 School autonomy and accountability in school collaborations. Funded by China Post-doctoral Research Funding (Primary investigator, finished)

Scholarship and awards

2023 Visiting scholar, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University

2018 Visiting scholar, The Joseph Lau Luen Hung Charitable Trust Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC), The Education University of Hong Kong

2015 Student Prize, for the paper presented at the 2014 British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE) annual conference.

2012 Institute of Education (IOE), University College London – Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong exchange programme scholarship

2011-2015 Centenary Scholarship for PhD, awarded by Institute of Education (IOE), University College London

2010-2011 Centenary Scholarship for Masters, awarded by Institute of Education (IOE), University College London