Ms Yang Wensi (pictured above, right), a Master of Education (MEd) graduate from the Early Childhood and Special Needs (ESCE) Academic Group, has received the Society of Reading and Literacy (SRL) Research Award on 10 October 2015 for her research synthesis on how to use E-book in engaging young children. Her study looked at how young children's literacy experiences and reading skills are expanding through the use of E-books.
Ms Yang graduated from Tianjin Normal University in 2006 and completed her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2013. She had won the Merit Scholarship Award from the Asian-Pacific Society for Computers in Education in 2013 and the Bronze Award in 2012 at the Graduate Student day organised by NIE. She also won the Internship Award in 2011 for being the best volunteer early childhood professional at Haus der Kinder, an inclusive kindergarden in Dresden, Germany. She is currently pursuing another Master of Arts research programme with special interest in investigating the effectiveness of the "KidsREAD" programme. She is supervised by Dr Tzuo Pei-Wen and co-supervised by Associate Professor Noel Chia Kok Hwee from ECSE.
She has written a paper on "How to use information technology wisely for early childhood language education" which has been published in the proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Computers in Education. She has presented in various conferences since her graduation such as with Assoc Prof Noel Chia Kok Hwee in 2015 at the YWCA Conference Person-Centredness and Inclusive Early Childhood Education (Early Childhood Special Need), Singapore. She has also presented at the Asian Conference on Education for Sustainability 2015 in Japan and at the Early Childhood Conference and Carnival 2015 (ECCC2015) with Ina Ow.
Ms Yang has more than five years of practical experience in the field of early childhood and special needs education. She is a community health visitor with the Temasek Cares Kids Integrated Development Service program at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore. Her job entails providing integrated community based care for optimising the developmental potential of children from vulnerable families, starting from pregnancy up to the age of three years. She is also an active volunteer at Asian Women’s Welfare Association as she provides remediation speech and language services as a speech therapist.
This article first appeared in NIE's quarterly publication NIE News in December 2015.