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outside the library of the school I taught in, Nov 2015

(This is a pinned “About” post. Scroll down for blog updates.)

I am a Malaysian PhD student in Education at the University of Cambridge. My thesis research, supervised by Panayiotis Antoniou, looks at teacher accountability policy and sociocultural context across countries; using multi-country statistical data from PISA, TIMSS, TALIS, the World Values Survey, and Hofstede’s IBM study, as well as field interviews with teachers in Finland and Singapore.

Prior to starting the PhD in 2016, I spent two years teaching English in a high-need secondary school in Malaysia; and then worked at the Penang Institute, a think tank, where I developed a guide to help Malaysian education researchers work with TIMSS and PISA microdata.

For more background, you can refer to my CV, details of my previous research projects, and a selection of my non-academic writing.

If you’re wondering how to pronounce my given name, Yue-Yi, it’s 悦义. If, like me, you can’t read Mandarin, you can approximate my name by saying the acronym for the United Arab Emirates – U.A.E.

If anything on this blog is useful or interesting to you, I’d love to hear from you, whether in a comment or via email.


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