Wanying Wang

Visiting Assistant Professor
Wanying Wang is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Wang holds two PhD degrees, the first from the University of Hong Kong and the second from the University of British Columbia. In her first doctoral study, she developed a model for understanding the nuanced process of the curriculum innovation at Peking University using a qualitative case study approach; her second doctoral study focuses on currere—a key concept and method in curriculum studies proposed by William Pinar that employs autobiographical and autoethnographical methodologies for tapping individual students’ and teachers’ educational experiences for the sake of self-understanding and social engagement.

Dr. Wang has established a track record of publication in the field of educational studies. Her first academic book entitled The Yuanpei Program inPeking University was published in 2013 by Springer, and she had a second book entitled Chinese Currere, Subjective Reconstruction and AttunementWhen Calls My Heart published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020. She has had a number of papers in curriculum studies and teacher education published by peer-reviewed journals, book chapters published and accepted respectively, seven more papers currently being reviewed and prepared. She also has three papers accepted for the AERA conference in 2019, 2020 and 2021; four papers accepted by CIES and CSSE conference in 2019, 2020 and 2021, four papers accepted by Currere Exchange conference in 2016, 2017, 2021 and 2022. She is currently on the editorial board of the Northwest Journal of Teacher Education. Please go to Google Scholar to view her publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=AuMTJa8AAAAJ&hl=zh-CN

Research Interests

Dr. Wang's research areas include, but are not limited to, curriculum theory, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, spirituality of education, attunement, teacher education, educational leadership, curriculum innovation in higher education, general education, sociology of education, and social and cultural analysis of educational issues.

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Journal Articles

Wang, W. (2022). Currere, Psychic Speech, and Teacher Education. The Currere Exchange Journal. vol. 5, pp. 18-26.

Wang, W. (2022). Toward Understanding Curriculum as Spiritual Text. Educational Research & Development Journal. vol. 25, pp. 1-19.

Wang, W. (2020). Toward an Understanding of Attunement as an Autobiographical Theory of Education. Transnational Curriculum Inquiry. vol. 17, pp. 3-15.

Wang, W. (2018). Are there Affinities between Ancient Chinese Philosophical Thought and Currere?. European Journal of Curriculum Studies. vol. 4, pp. 656-670.

Wang, W. (2017). Currere, Subjective Reconstruction and Autobiographical Inquiry. vol. 14, pp. 110-141.


Wang, W. (2020). Chinese Currere, Subjective Reconstruction and Attunement--When Calls My Heart. New York: Palgrave and Macmillan .

Wang, W. (2013). The Yuanpei Program in Peking University -- A Case Study of Curriculum Innovation. Springer.

Books Chapters

Wang, W. Toward an Understanding of Currere. In: Reflexive and Reflective Approaches in Applied Linguistics and Language Education Research. John Benjamins Publishers.