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 content or subject matter, curriculum theory, didactics (Didaktik), comparative and international education, 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.

    Citations and impact factors

  •  Journal of Curriculum Studies (JCS). Executive editor.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Education. Member of the International Advisory Board

    American Educational Research Association
    The Society for the Study of Curriculum History
    The John Dewey Society
    Asia Pacific Research Association on Curriculum Studies

  • Deng, Z. (2018). Contemporary curriculum theorizing: Crisis and resolutionJournal of Curriculum Studies, 50 (6), 691-710.

    Deng, Z. (2018). Rethinking teaching and teachers: Bringing content back into conversation. London Review of Education, 16 (3), 371-383.

    Deng, Z. (2018). Pedagogical content knowledge reconceived: Bringing curriculum thinking into the conversation on teachers’ content knowledge. Teaching and Teacher Education, 72, 155-164.

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

    Deng, Z. (2015). Content, Joseph Schwab and German Didaktik. Journal  of Curriculum Studies, 47 (6), 773-786.

    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. & 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. (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.

  • Deng, Z. (2018). Bringing Knowledge Back In: Perspectives from German Didaktik, American Curriculum Theory and Chinese Education. Keynote speech delivered at the 6th World Curriculum Studies Conference ( ), Melbourne, Australia, December 10-12, 2018.

    Deng, Z. (2018). Teach Less, Learn More: From Policy to Practice. Keynote speech delivered at the 2nd Asia Pacific Conference on Curriculum Studies and Instructional Designing, Crowne Plaza, Manila, Philippines, October 19-21, 2018.

    Deng, Z. (2018).  Didactics and/or curriculum: German and American Influences in Chinese didactics. Keynote speech delivered at the fourth Sino-German Dialogue on Didactics, the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany, May 31 –June 1, 2018.

    Deng, Z. (2018). Reciprocal learning, PISA and comparative pedagogy: The Case of Singapore. Plenary speech delivered at the 5th annual International Conference on East-West Reciprocal Learning, North East China Normal University, Changchun, China, May 18- 22, 2018.

    Deng, Z. (2018). Rethinking teaching and teachers: Bringing content back into conversation. Keynote speech delivered at Didactics and Curriculum in Complicated Dialogue, University of Southern Denmark, Odense M, Denmark, January 25-26, 2018

    Deng, Z. (2017). Content selection and organization in the 21st century: Academic disciplines, school subjects and curriculum making. Keynote speech to be delivered at the 10th anniversary conference of the Korea Society of Integrate Curriculum, Cheongju, South Korea, November 23-24, 2017.

    Deng, Z (2017). PISA, Singapore’s Education Success and High-Performing Education Systems. Keynote speech delivered at the 2nd international conference and 4th annual conference on comparative education, SEAMEO-Innotech Pearl Hotel, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, September 25 – 27, 2017.