DENG Zongyi

Associate Professor

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL)

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  • PhD (Michigan State)
  • MEd (South China Normal)
  • BSc (Guangzhou);


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Research Interests
Curriculum Making, Curriculum Content or Subject matter, Didactics (or Didaktik), Educational Policy and Chinese Education

  • Zongyi Deng is an associate professor at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also an executive editor of Journal of Curriculum Studies (JCS)—the premier international journal in the curriculum field. His interest areas include curriculum content or subject matter, curriculum theory, didactics (Didaktik), comparative and international education, and Chinese education.




    • Wah Ching Centre of Research on Education in China, Hong Kong University. Honorary Research Associate.
    • Journal of Curriculum Studies (JCS). Executive editor.
    • Asia-Pacific Journal of Education. Member of the International Advisory Board.

  • Deng, Z. (2017). Bringing knowledge back in: perspectives from liberal education. Cambridge Journal of Education (e-print link:

    Deng, Z. (2017). Rethinking curriculum and teaching. In G. W. Noblit (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Education (pp. 1-25). New York: Oxford University Press (open access: )

    Deng, Z. & Gopinathan, S. (2016). PISA and high performing education systems: Explaining Singapore’s education success. Comparative Education, 52 (4), pp. 449-472.

    Deng, Z. & Luke, A. (2008). Subject matter: defining and theorizing school subjects. In F. M. Connelly, M. F. He, & J. Phillion (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Curriculum and Instruction (pp. 66-87). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Deng, Z. (2015). Michael Young, knowledge and curriculum: an international dialogue. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 47 (6), 723-732. (e-print link:

    Deng, Z. (2011). Revisiting curriculum potential. Curriculum Inquiry, 41 (5), 538-559.

    Deng, Z. (2011). Confucianism, modernization and Chinese pedagogy: An introduction. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 43 (5), 561-568. (e-print link: )

    Deng, Z. (2007). Knowing the subject matter of a secondary school science subject. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 39 (5), 503-535.

     Deng, Z. (2007). Transforming the subject matter: Examining the intellectual roots of pedagogical content knowledge. Curriculum Inquiry, 37 (3), 279-295.