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    YU Kai Professor
    College of Education Administration
    Address:19 Xinjiekouwai Street, Haidian, Beijing 100875 P.R.China


    Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China


    · Professor, Institute of Educational Administration, Faculty of Education, 2014

    · Dean, Institute of Educational Administration, Faculty of Education, 2016

    · Vice Director, Faculty of Education, 2018

    · Director, National Training Center for Principal, 2019


    China Research Center for Teaching & Learning in Universities & Colleges, Beijing, China


    · Research Associate, Department of Policy Studies, 2001


    Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A.                


    · Ed.D. in Education Policy and Leadership


    International and Comparative Education Institute, Beijing Normal University, Beijing   1996-1999

    · Ph.D. in Comparative Higher Education (1999)




    · The Implementation of Inclusive Education in Beijing: Exorcizing the Haunting Specter of Meritocracy, Lexington Books, 2014.

    · School Culture Development in China: Perceptions of Teachers and Principals, River Publishers, 2014.


    Journal Articles

    · Motivation, Engagement, Academic Buoyancy, and Adaptability: The Roles of Sociodemographics Among Middle School Students in China, Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, vol. 17, No. 3, 2019.

    · School Culture and School Effectiveness The Mediating Effect of Teachers' Job Satisfaction, International Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Educational Research, Vol. 17, No. 5, 15-25, 2018.

    · Young people’s academic buoyancy and adaptability: A cross-cultural comparison of China with North America and the United Kingdom. Educational Psychology, Vol. 37, No. 8, 930-946, 2017.

    · Motivation and Engagement in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and China: Testing a Multi-Dimensional Framework, Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, Vol. 33, No.2, 103-114, 2015.

    · The Reliability and Validity of the Chinese School Version of the Denison Organizational Culture Survey International Journal of Learning, Teaching, Educational Research, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2014.

    · Personal best (PB) and ‘classic’ achievement goals in the Chinese context: their role in predicting academic motivation, engagement and buoyancy, Educational Psychology, Vol. 34, No. 5, 635-658, 2014.

    · Motivation and engagement in the ‘Asian Century’: a comparison of Chinese students in Australia, Hong Kong, and Mainland China, Educational Psychology, Vol. 34, No. 4, 417-439, 2014.


    Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Articles

    · Critical perspectives in and approaches to educational leadership in China, in Bloomsbury: Understanding Educational Leadership: Critical Perspectives and Approaches, 2021.

    · Social and Emotional Learning in China: Theory, Research, and Practice, in Springer: Social and Emotional Learning in Australia and the Asia Pacific, 2017.





    College of Education and Human Services, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, U.S.A.,


    · Instructor

    · Education Policy Studies (Accelerated Executive Ed.D. Course)


    Institute of Educational Administration, Beijing Normal University, Beijing,


    · Instructor

    · Educational Planning; Development and Reform of Educational Organizations; School Leadership; Research Methods in Education


    Northeastern Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate, UMass Amherst, 2006-2007

    · Research Assistant

    · Policy Analysis on Campus Diversity, Underrepresented Minority Students in STEM


    United Nations Economic and Social Council, New York      


    · Policy Analyst (Intern)


    Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, UMass Amherst, 2003-2005

    · Research Assistant

    · Training Program on Underperforming School Improvement




    Management and Evaluation of Elementary and Secondary School Leaders, Beijing, China

    · Fund source: China Ministry of Education, 2015

    · Type: Education Policy

    · Principal Investigator: YU, Kai


    Empirical Research on Chinese Central Governments Key Policies on Education Equity and Equality in Basic Education, Beijing, China

    · Fund source: the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, 2012

    · Type: Books

    · Principal Investigator: YU, Kai


    Educational Development and Reform of Key World Powers since 2000, Beijing, China

    · Fund source: Overseas Education Fund of China Ministry of Education, 2012

    · Type: Research Report

    · Principal Investigator: YU, Kai


    Application of PBL in the Field of School Improvement, Beijing, China

    · Fund source: Overseas Education Fund of China Ministry of Education, 2010

    · Type: Research Report

    · Principal Investigator: YU, Kai


    Competencies Indicator System for Elementary and Secondary School Principals, Beijing, China

    · Fund source: Key-point project, China National Education Research Fund, 2009

    · Type: Books

    · Principal Investigator: YU, Kai




    The 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France, July 8 - July 13, 2014

    · An Empirical Exploration of the Relationship between Chinese Students’ Perceived Social Emotional Well-being and Their Academic Achievement (Presentation)


    Multiculturalism: Perspectives from Australia, Canada and China, Sydney, Australia, November 21 - November 22, 2011

    · Bending the School Ladder



    The First International Forum on Educational Leadership and Administration, Beijing, China, October 27 - October 28, 2011

    · School Consolidation and Withdrawal of Public Space in Rural China (Presentation)


    US Comparative and International Education Society 2011 Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 1 - May 5, 2011

    · Inquiry into School Relocating in the Rural China: A Qualitative Study (Presentation)


    US Comparative and International Education Society 2010 Conference, Chicago, U.S.A., February 28 - March 5, 2010

    · Exorcizing the Haunting Specter of Meritocracy: An Effort to Detrack Schools in Beijing (Presentation)


    The BNU-IOE Second International Education Conference, Beijing, China, November 2008

    ·  Ideologies of Educational Quality and Equity: An institutional Perspective (Presentation)


    United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Annual Ministerial Review of Development Cooperation Forum, New York City, U.S.A., July 2006

    · Effective Development: Ownership, Policy and Capacity Development (Presentation)




    · National Outstanding Award for Social Science Research, China Ministry of Education, 2020.

    · National Outstanding Advisor of M.Ed Student, China Ministry of Education, 2017.

    · Brand English Graduate Course, China Ministry of Education, 2016.

    · Best Teacher of the Year, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, 2015.

    · Tongding Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award, Beijing Normal University, 2014.

    · International Travel Grant, Comparative and International Education Society (U.S.A.), 2011.





    · Vice President, Chinese Society of Educational Administration

    · Vice President, Chinese Association for the Gifted and Talented.

    · Editorial Board Member, Innovation and Change in Education – An Inter Cultural Perspective of RIVER publishers.

    · Editorial Board Member, PalGrave studies on Chinese education in a Global Perspective