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Professor WANG, Dan

Professor WANG, Dan

王 丹

Associate Professor

Academic Unit of Social Contexts and Policies of Education


Ph.D (Syracuse University, USA)


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(852) 2859 1904


Room 415, Runme Shaw Building

  • Sociology of Education; Social Justice and Equality; Rural Education and Rural Development in China

Research Expertise

  • Education in China
  • Equity, Equality and Social Justice in Education
  • Sociology and Philosophy of Education

Prospective PhD/ EdD/ MPhil Applications

I am not taking on graduate supervision in 2024-2025.

Rural education in China

Rural community development

Teacher education and teachers' work

Sociology of education


2014 Choice Book Award: American Educational Studies Association

Principal investigator

  1. 2022: Bitter Fruits of Placeless Education: Impacts of Educational Migration on Rural Community Development in China, External Grant ($964,088)
  2. 2013: Understanding and Closing the Literacy Gap between Rural and Urban China: A Longitudinal Study of Primary Students in Guizhou and Shandong Provinces, External Grant ($709,426)


  1. 2015: Private Supplementary Tutoring: Scale, Nature and Implications for Secondary Schooling in Shanghai, External Grant ($751,264)
  2. 2014: e-Learning in formal, informal and open learning contexts: a study of global trends, policy options and their implications for sustainable development in Hong Kong, External Grant ($769,990)
  3. 2012: Digital Divide in Education: An Experiential Understanding, External Grant ($563,043)
  4. 2011: Private Supplementary Tutoring: Scale, Nature and Implications for Secondary Schooling in Hong Kong, External Grant ($559,537)

  1. Wang, D. (2013). The Demoralization of Teachers: Crisis in a Rural School in China. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, a branch of Rowman & Littlefield. 



  1. Wang, D., & Teng, Y. (2022). Educational Migration and Rural Decline in China. The China Journal88(1). DOI:
  2. Chen, J., Wang, D. (2021). Class Consciousness of Rural Migrant Children in China. The China QuarterlyDOI:
  3. WANG, J., Li, H., Wang, D. (2018). Bridging the Rural-Urban Literacy Gap in China: A Mediation Analysis of Family Effects. Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
  4. Wang, D., WANG, J., Li, H., Li, H. (2017). School context and instructional capacity: A comparative study of professional learning communities in rural and urban schools in China. International Journal of Educational Development. DOI:  
  5. Zhou, Y., Cai, T., Wang, D. (2016). Social Segregation in Hong Kong’s Schools: 2000-2012. Chinese Sociological Review.
  6. Zhou, Y., Wang, D. (2016). Understanding the constraints on the supply of public education to the migrant population in China: evidence from Shanghai. Journal of Contemporary China.
  7. Wang, D., Bray, TM. (2016). When Whole-Person Development Encounters Social Stratification: Teachers’ Ambivalent Attitudes Towards Private Supplementary Tutoring in Hong Kong. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher.
  8. Zhou, Y., Wang, D. (2015). The family socioeconomic effect on extra lessons in greater China: A comparison among Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao. Asia-Pacific Education Researcher.
  9. Li, H., Wang, D., Fong, RWT. (2014). Introduction: Sound Bites Won’t Work: Case Studies of 15-Year Free Education in Greater China. International Journal of Chinese Education.
  10. Wang, D., Li, H. (2014). Understanding the 15-Year Free Education Policies in China: An Online Study of Four Cases. International Journal of Chinese Education.
  11. Bray, TM., Zhan, S., Lykins, CR., Wang, D., Kwo, OWY. (2013). Differentiated demand for private supplementary tutoring: Patterns and implications in Hong Kong secondary education. Economics of Education Review.
  12. Wang, D., Gao, M. (2013). Educational Equality or Social Mobility: The Value Conflict between Preservice Teachers and the Free Teacher Education Program in China. Teaching and Teacher Education.
  13. Zhan, S., Bray, TM., Wang, D., Lykins, CR., Kwo, OWY. (2013). The effectiveness of private tutoring: students’ perceptions in comparison with mainstream schooling in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Education Review.
  14. Wang, D., Liu, D., Lai, C. (2012). Expansion of higher education and the employment crisis: policy innovations in China. On the Horizon: the strategic planning resource for education professionals.
  15. Wang, D. (2011). Connecting to the International Track (I): The new curriculum reform in China: Guest editor's introduction. Chinese Education and Society.
  16. Wang, D. (2011). Connecting to the international track (II): The new curriculum reform in China. Chinese Education and Society.
  17. Wang, D. (2011). The dilemma of time: Student-centered teaching in the rural classroom in China. Teaching and Teacher Education.
  18. Wang, D. (2011). The new curriculum and the urban-rural literacy gap: The case of one county in Western China. Chinese Education and Society.
  19. Wang, D. (2009). Progressive Education in Rural China: A Mission Impossible. Education and Culture [In Japanese].
  20. Wang. D. (2008). "Two exemptions and one subsidy" (TEOS): Voices from a grass-roots school. Chinese Education and Society.
  21. Wang, D. (2008). Family-school relations as social capital: Chinese parents in the United States. The School Community Journal (Online).


Book Chapters

  1. Bridges, SM., Andrews, SJ., Tsui, ABM., Chan, CKK., Wang, D., Kwan, TYL., Lam, JWI., Harfitt, GJ., Chan, YYC., Law, WW., Cheng, MMW., Yeung, PS., Cheung, WM., Wang, KYR. (2018). Designing for Integration in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Curricula: The Hong Kong Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). Designing for Integration in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Curricula: The Hong Kong Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). In Wyatt-Smith, C & Adie, L (Eds.), Innovation and Accountability in Teacher Education: Setting Directions for New Cultures in Teacher Education. Singapore: Springer, 2018
  2. Chen, J., Wang, D., Zhou, Y. (2017). Education for Population Control: Migrant Children’s Education under New Policies in Beijing. Education for Population Control: Migrant Children’s Education under New Policies in Beijing. In Cha, YK .. (et al) (Eds.), Multicultural Education in Glocal Perspectives: Policy and Institutionalization, p. 153-166. Singapore: Springer, 2017
  3. Zhou, Y., Wang, D. (2016). A Chinese Approach to Learning? A Comparative Study on Time Use Patterns of 15-Year Old Students in PISA 2012. A Chinese Approach to Learning? A Comparative Study on Time Use Patterns of 15-Year Old Students in PISA 2012. In Chou, CP & Spangler, J (Eds.), Chinese Education Models in a Global Age, p. 105-119. Singapore: Springer, 2016

Knowledge Exchange (KE) Impact Projects
  1. "Capacity Building for Migrant Workers: The Longhua Community School Project" (2012), KE Impact Project, HK$50,000 (Principal investigator)
  2. "Impact Evaluation of a College Student Volunteers Program on Reducing Rural Poverty: Pro Bono Research" (2010), KE Impact Project, HK$90,530 (Principal investigator)


Knowledge Exchange with Educational NGOs
  1. Consultant for Zigen Fund and People's Food Sovereignty Network, 2019-current
  2. Public Lecture: 教育與鄉村:中國教育的兩條路線之爭, organized by People's Food Sovereignty Network, 2019-05-26.
  3. CEDARS Kerry Foundation Rural China Services, 2015-06-14 to 2016-04-24.
  4. Provided consultation and a full set of electronic lesson plans for primary school Chinese, math, and English to Teach Future China (NGO) in support of the organization's efforts to send volunteer teachers to improve rural education in Hebei and Yunnan Provinces, China, July 2013.
  5. Delivered a speech on rural education at the invitation of Ai Fei Xiang (NGO) at the Rural Teachers Training Camp in Beijing to an audience of 100 teachers from rural schools in Hunan Province, China, July 2012.
  6. Provided consultation to the HKU student organization China Education Society on volunteer teaching in rural China, May 2010.


Knowledge Exchange through Media (News/Interviews/Programs)
  1. Invited speaker on a panel about the Ministry of Education's "Ten Regulations on Reducing Workload of Primary Students" on the program Today, China Radio International, September 6, 2013.
  2. Interview on rural education in China on the program Beyond Beijing, China Radio International, December 5, 2012.
  3. Interview on rural education in China on the program Voices and Votes, CCTV News, March 12, 2012.
  4. Interview on educational disparity and rural education in China on Today, China Radio International, August 15, 2011.


  1. EDUC6760, Educational inquiry,  PGDE
  2. BBED4001, Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education,  UG
  3. MEDD8802, Sociology of education: Classic and contemporary theories,  MEd
  4. EDUR8051, Sociology of Education: East and West,  RPG


Primary Supervision of Research Postgraduate Students

  1. 2019 PhD Shi Tangsenyi, Teacher Deployment in Underdeveloped Regions
  2. 2018 PhD Su Chao, Educational Inequality and Policy Analysis
  3. 2017 PhD Shi Hejia, Education Policy, Rural Education, Teacher Professional Development, Teacher Education
  4. 2016 PhD Teng Yuan: Educational migration and rural decline in China : evidence from one county, Rural Education in China
  5. 2015 PhD Wang Jingying, Family Effect vs. School Effect: Modeling Reading Literacy Attainment in Chinese Primary Students
  6. 2012 PhD Yi Quanyong: Parental involvement and college access : comparing rural, migrant, and urban parents in mainland China, Sociology of Education or Educational Leadership
  7. 2012 PhD Chen Jiaxin: School education and construction of social consciousness : a comparative case study of rural migrant children in Beijing, Sociology of Education
  8. 2011 PhD Li Xiaoliang: Demystifying gaokao : cultural capital and university access of rural students in China, Sociology of Education
  9. 2011 PhD Jiang Lei: Democracy and inequality : Hong Kong's identity politics and its implications for local civic education, Curriculum Studies
  10. 2010 PhD Tsang Kwok Kuen: A qualitative study of Hong Kong teachers' emotional experiences at work, Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education