Fengling Tang
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Dr Fengling Tang is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Human Development, School of Education, Froebel College, University of Roehampton. She had worked in schools and further education in China and a nursery school in London before she joined the Early Childhood Studies and Early Childhood Research Centre at University of Roehampton. She is currently Programme Leader for Froebel certificate course. She has been teaching on BA/MA programmes and supervising doctoral students as Director of Studies and Co-supervisor. She has undertaken roles of External Examiner in HE and School Governor in the UK. She has published articles in peer reviewed journals: Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development; Childhood Education: Infancy Through Early Adolescence; Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education; History of Education; and Problemy Wczesnej Edukacji


BA, PGdip, MA, PGCert, PhD

Research interests

Her research interests include the following areas:

  • children’s rights and participation
  • children’s identities, spirituality and wellbeing 
  • equity, inclusion and social justice in education and society 
  • Froebelian perspectives and history of education 
  • play and creativity in early childhood
  • children's bilingual language development and Chinese culture
  • early childhood pedagogy and professionalism
  • sustainability in education 
  • research and teaching in higher education 

Research projects

Fengling Tang (2023-2024) Shifting youth environmental activism from public imagination to community engagement: implications for education for sustainability in the 21st century, funded by British Educational Research Association (BERA):  BERA Brian Simon Fund Winners

Fengling Tang (Principal Investigator) and Juan Zhao (Co-investigator) (2022-2023) Spirituality in early childhood pedagogy: a Froebelian approach in Chinese and English contexts, open call research grant funded by the Froebel Trust. https://www.froebel.org.uk/research-library/spirituality-in-early-childhood-pedagogy-a-froebelian-approach-in-chinese-and-english-contexts

Evelyn Corrado (Principal Investigator), Fengling Tang (Co-investigator), and Arif Mahmud (Co-investigator) Exploring experiences of students and staff in HE institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sigrid Brogaard-Clausen, Sofia Guimaraes, Fengling Tang and Clara Rubiano (2018-2019) Wellbeing and democratic living in early childhood curricular policies - Chinese, Colombian, Danish, English and Portuguese Curricula analysis in the context of the International Early Learning and Wellbeing study developments

Early childhood assessment: an international perspective (2016-2017), research grant funded by Education International, led by Professor Mathias Urban, Early Childhood Research Centre  

Fengling Tang (2010-2012) Young children's computer-based learning experience in early years settings, funded by the Froebel Trust 

Fengling Tang and Sue Robson (2008-2009) The Role of the E-Portfolio in Promoting the Quality of Learning and Teaching: a Pilot Study of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) BA Primary Education Early Childhood Studies Subject Specialism, funded by Teaching and Development Agency

The completed PhD research project (2004-2008) A comparative ethnographic case study of the early years curriculum in Chinese and English settings, funded by School of Education University of Roehampton, supervised by Professor Kevin Brehony, Professor Geoff Troman, Ms Shirley Maxwell and Professor Hanlin Yang

Fengling Tang (2003-2004) Play worked hard: re-interpretation of Froebel's concept of play, MA dissertation submittted to University of Surrey. This dissertation won Froebel Guild Award in 2005 from the National Froebel Foundation. 



Froebel Professional Certificate Course in Early Childhood: Froebelian Principles and Practice (CPD)

BA Early Childhood Studies: Babies and Toddlers; Froebelian Perspectives; Studying Young Children; Children and Families; Early Childhood Stuides Transfer module; Research Proposal; Parents, Professionals and the Balance of Power; Professionalism and Advocacy; Leadership, Partnership and Multidisciplinary Teamwork; Unequal Childhoods

MA Early Childhood Studies: Exploring the Froebelian Legacy in Early Childhood Practice 

External positions

Co-convenor for BERA Early Childhood Education and Care Special Interest Group , British Educational Research Association

Membership of Early Childhood Studies Degree Network Policy, Lobbying and Advocacy Strategy Group , Early Childhood Studies Degree Network

Membership of Holistic Wellbeing Special Interest Group , European Early Childhood Education Research Association

Executive committee member , International Froebel Society

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