Fengling Tang

Fengling Tang


  • 218 Grove House, Froebel


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Personal profile


Dr Fengling Tang is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Early Childhood Research Centre at 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 in 2007. She has been teaching on BA Early Childhood Studies, MA Early Childhood Studies and Froebel Professional Certificate course. She has also been supervising PhD students of Early Childhood Research Centre and School of Education. She has been a link tutor and moderator for Early Childhood Education Carshalton College in collobration with University of Roehampton. She has undertaken roles of an External Examiner and a 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 early childhood pedagogy and policy, children’s rights, children’s cultural identity, young children’s play and creativity, technology with young children, early years professionalism, Froebelian perspectives and history of early childhood education and ethnographic comparative research with young children. 

Research projects

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


Fengling Tang (2010-2012) Young children's computer-based learning experience in early years settings, funded by Froebel Research Committee, 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: Froebelian Principles and Practice 


BA Early Childhood Studies: Babies and Toddlers; Children and Families; Early Childhood Stuides Transfer module; Parents, Professionals and the Balance of Power; Professionalism and Advocacy


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