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PEI Xinning

Professor of Institute of Curriculum and Instruction,       
ECNU Director of Learning Sciences Center, ECNU
Address: Room 1527, 15/F,
Wenke Building 3663,
North Zhongshan Rd.,
Shanghai, 200062 China
Fax: 0086-21-62233405

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Xinning PEI, born in 1963 in China, is a professor of science education and the director of Learning Sciences Center (LSC) at East China Normal University (ECNU). She earned her Ph.D. in education (Theories of Curriculum and Instruction) in 2003, Master Degree in education (Science Education) in 1998 and Bachelor Degree in science (Chemistry) in 1989. She had taught Chemistry at secondary school for twelve years and at university for three years. She has worked for ECNU from 2003, and has been full professor from 2008. She has been engaged in research and teaching of science education and has been principal investigators or coordinators of more than ten international and national research programs. She is an author or translator of more than ten books as well as an author of dozens of articles and is known for her research work in instructional design and science education ( particularly in the area of chemistry education and science curriculum in K-12 schools).
As the director of LSC ( is the home to a group of leading researchers in the fields of research on learning and instruction, technological design, as well as science and technology education in China, she, together with and her group, has kept close academic links and cooperation with leading research teams from the U.S., Switzerland, Germany, Hongkong, Macao, France, etc, mainly in the fields of science education and the sciences of learning. In 2008, she was awarded of ―Pu Jiang Talents Program‖ from Shanghai Government, and then she was invited by Macao Government to be responsible for programs of science curriculum and teachers’ professional development from June of 2009 to June of 2010. After that, she jointly planned and organized informal science learning activities at the site of Shanghai World Expo. Also she has served as international scientific committee or advisory committee to participate in several important international conferences on science education.

2010-present Full professor, Institute of Curriculum and Instruction,
                      Director of Learning Sciences Center, ECNU
2009 - 2010  Consultant-superior technician assessor (invited by Macao
                     Bureau of Education and Youth Affairs of Macao Principle
                     designer, the Program of School Improvement of Macao
                     Coordinator, Teachers’ Professional Development Program,
                     Macao Coordinator, Science Curriculum in K-12 schools, 
2008 - 2009 Full professor, Co-Director of Learning Sciences Center, 
                     Supervisor of doctoral students, ECNU
2006 - 2007 Visiting scholar, Laboratory of Didactic and Epistemology of
                      Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland, work with 
                      Professor André Giordan
2003 - 2006 Associate professor; Supervisor of master degree
                    students, ECNU
1998 - 2003 Associate professor; Supervisor of master degree
                    students, Chemistry Department of Shandong Normal       
1983 - 1995 Chemistry teacher, No.9 Senior High School of Jinan, 


Gao, W., Pei, X. , & Zheng,T. (in press). Research of Instructional Design: International Concerns. Shanghai: Educational Science Publisher of Shanghai Ltd. Giordan,
A. & Pei, X. (2010). Le modèle allostérique: une nouvelle approche pour les recherches sur l’apprendre. Beijing: Educational Science Publisher.
Pei, X., & Zheng, T. (2006). Experiencing Science through Inquiry. Guangzhou: Guangdong Education Publisher.
Pei, X. (2005). Learner-oriented Instructional Design. Beijing: Educational Science Publisher.
Pei, X. (2003) (Ed.). Chemistry Curriculum and Instruction. Hangzhou: Zhejiang Education Publisher.
Academic Journals Articles or Addresses on International Conferences
Pei, X. (in press). The Curriculum Development in Context: from Perspective of Learning Sciences. Global Education.
Zong, H., & Pei, X. (in press). Review on the Studies of Science Textbooks: from the Perspectives of Conceptual Change. Curriculum, Teaching Materials and Methods, 7.
Pei, X., Bao, X., & Zhao, J. (2012). The Adaptive Design for Authentic Learning in Science Center Settings: Examples of ESD Programs. Presentation at the plenary session, the 1st International Symposium on Science Centers and Sustainable Development, June 12th,2012. Istanbul,Turkey.
Zhao, J., Pei, X., & Feng, R. (2012). Chinese Teacher Professional Practice and Its Effects on Student Achievement: Based on a Post PISA Survey in Five Cities. Paper Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, April 13 – April 17, 2012, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Pei, X., & Shen, R. (2012). Common Foundations for the New Paradigm of Instruction Design. Modern Distance Education Research, 3, 19-25. Pei, X., & Wang, M. (2011). Curriculum for Children. Educational Research, 11, 89-94, 103.
Zhao, J., Pei, X., Ye, Y, Zheng, T. (2011).Adaptive Design: An Instructional Design Model for Authentic Science Learning. China Educational Technology, 10, 6-14. Pei, X.(2010). Learning Sciences: A New Reference Framework of Curriculum Development. Journal of Distance Education, 5, 84-91.
Pei, X., Duan, M. & Li, X.(2010). Educational Technology: Research Areas, Values and Professionals’ Responsibilities. China Educational Technology, 1, 1-6.
Pei, X., & Ye, Y. (2009). Advanced Placement of Science Program and Progress of Science Curriculum Reform in Senior High Schools in China. Theories and Practice of Education, 8, 8-10.
He, M., & Pei, X.(2009). Research Themes and Conceptions on Modeling in Science Teaching and Learning. Global Education, 2, 82-86.
Pei, X.‚ Zhao, J, & Zhu, B. (2008).Green Industry‚ Circular Economy and Cultivating Ecological Literacy—An Educational Design for Authentic Science Learning‚ in Proceedings of 2008 International Conference of Biology Education‚ CBE-IUBS‚ UNESCO‚ LDES and CIMEOS; Dijon, France.
Liu, L., & Pei, X. (2008). Investigation and Analysis on Science Teachers’ Actions of Students’ Homework. Shanghai Education Review, 5.
Zhu, J., Pei, X., & Zhang, L.(2007). Facilitating Deep Understanding Scientific Concepts—Implications from Advanced Placement of Physics Curriculum in U.S. High Schools, Modern Teaching,11.
Pei, X. (2006). Rethinking Constructivism and Science Education. Global Education, 5, 37-42. Pei, X. (2005). Concepts and Features of Modern Instructional Design. Open Education Research, 11( 2), 65-70.
Pei, X. (2005). Instructional Design for Subject-based Learning. Global Education, 9, 55-60.

2012-2013 Analytical Tools for Identifying High Quality Science Practical
                  Work, Melbourne Graduate School of Education Staff
                   Competitive Grant, Australia.
2008-2011 The Effective Ways of Science Education: Comparative Study on
                   Europe and China, Scientific Technology Association of
2007-2009 A Comparative Study: The Ways of Science Teaching on
                   Allosteric Learning, Shanghai Municipal Education
2007-2009 Advanced Placement Chemistry Program in China, The
                  College Board of the U.S.
2006-2007 Improving the Effects of New Learning Models and Tools in
                  Science Teaching and Learning, China Scholarship Commission.
2004-2006 Science Classroom Analysis System, ECNU.
2004-2006 Eight Nations’ Science Educational Research Program, ECNU
                   and MOE of China.

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