Dr LEE, Diana P.L.
Dr LEE, Diana P.L.
B.Comm(Murdoch), Cert.Ed (PolyU), Professional Dip.in Special Child Care Work (CUHK), M.Ed(HKU), M.Phil (Cambridge), Ph.D(HKU)
BEd (Early Childhood Education and Special Education) Programme Director
Graduate House Fellow (Academic)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Teacher Education and Learning Leadership
Tel: (852) 3917 0357
Location: Room 517, Meng Wah Complex
Areas of Expertise:
Early Childhood Education; Early Childhood Special Education; Early Literacy; Language Teaching; Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Settings
Early Childhood Education; Early Childhood Special Education; Early Literacy; Second Language Learning and Teaching of Young Children; Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education; Educational Management in Early Childhood Settings
Assessment of Children's Learning and Development; Early Literacy; Language Teaching; Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Education
The University of Hong Kong
Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award
The University of Hong Kong
Faculty Early Career Teaching Award
The Annual Best of UNICEF Research (BOUR) Award
(Professor Nirmala Rao, Serena H.C. Yang Professor in Early Childhood Development and Education, Faculty of Education, led the research team that conducted the research titled “Validation, Finalization and Adoption of the East Asia-Pacific Early Child Development Scales (EAP-ECDS)”. All members of the team have had a connection to HKU. Current HKU members of this award-winning study are Dr Diana Lee (Faculty of Education), Dr. Patrick Ip (Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and Professor John Bacon-Shone (Social Sciences Research Centre).
The University of Hong Kong
Social Service Group Award at Fair Trade University Campaign
Hong Kong Association of University Women (HKAUW)
HKAUW Thomas H C Cheung Postgraduate Scholarship
Hong Kong Management Association
Outstanding Young Salesperson Award
Western Australian Higher Education Council
The Western Australian / Hyogo Prefecture Japanese Studies Scholarship
2020-2022. Pictures say a thousand words: using wordless picture books to enhance young children's language development, Quality Education Fund: Hong Kong; Principal Investigator
2020-2021. The Use of Wordless Picture Books in Teaching English as a Second Language to Young Children in Hong Kong, HKU Faculty Research Fund: Hong Kong; Principal Investigator
2019-2020. Talks on Parent Education for Kindergarten Parents: Preparing Children for Primary One, Education Bureau: Hong Kong; Speaker
2019. Timor-Leste East-Asia Pacific Early Childhood Development Scales, Peace Center, Universidade Nasional Timor Lorosa’e: Timor-Leste; Consultant
2018. China East-Asia Pacific Early Childhood Development Scales, China Institute for Educational Finance Research: China; Consultant
2018. China Developmentally On Track SDG 4.2.1 training, Capital Normal University: China; Consultant
2018. Myanmar Developmentally On Track SDG 4.2.1 training, National University of Education: Myanmar; Consultant
2018. Cambodia East-Asia Pacific Early Childhood Development Scales, UNICEF: Cambodia; Consultant
2018-2021. Play and Gain Social-Emotional Learning from Kindergarten to Community, Hong Kong Jockey Club; Co-Investigator
2017-2023. KeySteps@JC, Hong Kong Jockey Club; Local Expert
2017-2019. Consultancy Study on the Effectiveness of the Provision of Quality Kindergarten Education in Hong Kong Under the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Policy, Education Bureau, HKSAR; Co-Investigator
2016 - 2018. Quality Education Fund: "No Play No Gain" Kindergarten Social Emotional Learning Project"; Project Advisor
2017. Vietnam East-Asia Pacific Early Childhood Development Scales, UNICEF: Vietnam; Consultant
2017. Cambodia East-Asia Pacific Early Childhood Development Scales, UNICEF: Cambodia; Consultant
2016-2017. Myanmar East-Asia Pacific Early Childhood Development Scales, UNICEF: Myanmar; Consultant
2016-2017. Enhancing Early Childhood Development in Papua New Guinea, UNICEF: Papua New Guinea; Consultant
2014-2017. Early development and learning of children from ethnic minority families in Hong Kong, UBS Optimus Foundation; Project Manager
2013-2014. The East Asia and Pacific Early Child Development Scales (EAP-ECDS) Development initiative (in six East Asia and Pacific countries, including Cambodia, China, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu), UNICEF; Project Manager
Rao, N., Sun, J., Ng, S S N., Ma, K., Becher, Y B., Lee, D., C, Lau., L, Zhang., Chow, C B., & Ip, P. (2013). The Hong Kong Early Child Development Scale: A Validation Study. Child Indicators Research, 6(1).
Rao, N., Lee, D., Becher, Y., Taplin, M. (2016, August). Enhancing Early Child Development in Papua New Guinea: Findings from the Early Childhood Facility Survey. Submitted to UNICEF Papua New Guinea.
Rao, N., Sun, J., Ng, M., Becher, Y., Lee, D., Ip, P., & Bacon-Shone, J. (2014) Validation, Finalization and Adoption of the East Asia-Pacific Early Child Development Scales (EAP-ECDS). UNICEF, East and Pacific Regional Office.
Rao, N., Sun, J., Wong, J.M.S., Weekes, B.S., Ip, P., Shaeffer, S., Young, M.E., Bray, M., Chen, E., & Lee, D. (2013). Early childhood development and cognitive development in developing countries: A rigorous literature review (pp. 101). DFID, UK Government.
Lee, D., & Rao, N. (2014, July). Teaching English to young learners in a trilingual context. Paper presented at the 66th OMEP World Confrence in Ireland.
Lee, D., Lau, C., & Ng, M L. (2013, July). Teaching English to young learners in a trilingual context. Paper presented at the 65th OMEP World Conference, Shanghai, China.
Lee, D., & Rao, N. (2012, July). Implementation of Trilingual Education in the Early Years: Observations from Five Kindergartens in Hong Kong. Poster presented at the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Edmonton, Canada.
Lee, D., Lau, C., & Rao, N. (2011, November). Facilitating the development of the under threes: Observations from Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Early Childhood Development, Singapore.
Lee, D. (2007). Bilingual (Cantonese and English) language development of 4 year-old preschool children in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association, 8th Annual Conference, Hong Kong.
2021-2022. External Reviewer to HKSAR’s Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) Research and Development Projects
2020-. Editorial Panel Member of the International Journal of Inclusive Education
2020. Panel Member to Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) Learning Programme Accreditation for ECE programmes
2018. External Member of the Internal Programme Validation Panel (IPVP) for the Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education Programme of Caritas Institute of Higher Education
2017-2018. Assessment Panel Member on Kindergarten Education of the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence
2017-2018. External Reviewer to HKSAR’s Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) Research and Development Projects
Acquired training in Special Child Care Work for Special Child Care Workers Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong
Certificate of Registration as a Child Care Worker
Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong
Certificate of Registration as a Teacher (Qualified Kindergarten Teacher)
Education Bureau, Hong Kong