Child Research Network Asia (CRNA)

Child Research Network Asia (CRNA)
Japan Mainland China India Indonesia Korea Malaysia Philippines Shingapore Taiwan Thailand

Members of Child Research Network Asia (CRNA)

President Emeritus
Kobayashi, Noboru

Kobayashi, Noboru (Japan)
[Come visit Koby's Note]

M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo; President Emeritus of the National Children's Hospital; Honorary Director of Child Research Net (CRN). Awards include the Japan Medical Association Award for Outstanding Distinguished Service (November 1984), the 56th Mainichi Shuppan Culture Prize (October 1985), International Pediatric Association Award (July 1986), Second Class Order of the Sacred Treasure (Autumn 2001), and the Takemi Prize (December 2003). Books outside his area of specialization, pediatric medicine, include Human Science (Nakayama Shobo), Kodomo wa mirai de aru [Children are Our Future] (Medi-Science Inc.), Sodatsu sodateru fureai no kosodate [Reciprocal Development Through Child-raising] (Akaishi Shoten)

Presidents
Sakakihara, Yoichi

Sakakihara, Yoichi (Japan)
[Come visit Director's Blog]
[Come visit Dr. Sakakihara's Q&A about Children's Health]

M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Ochanomizu University; Director of Child Research Net, Executive Advisor of Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute (BERD), President of Japanese Society of Child Science. Specializes in pediatric neurology, developmental neurology, in particular, treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Asperger's syndrome and other developmental disorders, and neuroscience. Born in 1951. Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tokyo in 1976 and taught as an instructor in the Department of the Pediatrics before working with Ochanomizu University.

Zhu, Jiaxiong

Zhu, Jiaxiong (Mainland China)
[Come visit Dr. Zhu's Research Room]

Professor Emeritus, East China Normal University. Chairperson of the Preschool Education Professional Commission, advisor of academic committee, the Chinese Society of Education; Chair of Committee for Mainland China, Pacific Early Childhood Education and Research Association (PECERA). Serves on the editorial board of four international publications on early childhood education. Specializes in the theory of early childhood education and kindergarten curricula and has published numerous research papers, translations, and teaching materials. Recipient of many distinguished awards and a special grant of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. Jiaxiong Zhu Early Childhood Education Research: http://www.zhujx.com

Board Members from Countries and Regions in Asia
(in alphabetical order)
Ayob, Aminah

Ayob, Aminah (Malaysia)
[Come visit Dr. Ayob's Research Room]

Professor Emerita Dato' Dr. Aminah Ayob is Professor Emerita of Education at Sultan Idris Education University (SIEU), where she headed the varsity as Deputy Vice Chancellor from 2006-2008. and as Vice Chancellor from 2008-2011.
She obtained her PhD. in Science Education and Cognitive Development from the University of Keele in the United Kingdom and M.Sc. from University of Iowa, USA.
Throughout her academic career, she has conducted various research projects on science education and the learning and development of children, and has been on education policy committees both at national and international levels.
Her most recent research project focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education for preschool children.

Chang, Shih-Tsung

Chang, Shih-Tsung (Taiwan)
[Come visit Dr. Chang's Research Room]

Professor of National Taipei University of Education.
Master of architecture from Pratt Institute, New York, US, Master of Art from Columbia University, US, EdD. in Educational Technology from Columbia University, US, Professor of Department of Art and Style Design of National Taipei University of Education. The former chairperson of Department of Plastic Design of National Taipei University of Education, head of the Graduate School of Toys and Games Design, director of Visual Art Education Center of National Taipei Univ. of Education, guest professor of National Taiwan Univ. and National Taipei University of Art, oversea advisor of Singapore Practice Performing Arts School, etc.

Chen, Christine

Chen, Christine (Singapore)
[Come visit Dr. Chen's Research Room]

President, Association for Early Childhood Educators (Singapore).
In Singapore, Dr. Chen was the Founder President of the Association for Child Care Educators (ACCE) and Founder and current President of the Association for Early Childhood Educators (AECES). Dr. Chen received her BA in Social Work from the University of Singapore, continued with her Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education, New York City and the Doctor of Education from the George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Internationally, she is the President, Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI, 2015-2017), Director of the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC, 2014-2018), and Deputy Chairwoman of the Asia-Pacific Preschool Education Association (2014-2019). She is also a Member of the Advisory Board of IndoCare - Indonesia Centre for Autism Resource and Expertise. Dr. Chen has also been invited to present in China, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam and the U.S.A.

Hartati, Sofia

Hartati, Sofia (Indonesia)
[Come visit Dr. Hartati's Research Room]

Dean, Faculty of Education, State University of Jakarta.
Dr. Sofia Hartati received her Bachelor degree in Geography Education from the IKIP Bandung in 1981, earned her Master's degree in Sociology from Padjadjaran University in Bandung in 1992, then her EdD in Early Childhood education from the Jakarta State University (UNJ) in 2009.
She is qualified as a lecturer of Early Childhood Education, researcher in early childhood of social skill spectrum, and a reviewer of the Indonesian Journal of Early Childhood Education Studies.

Hoshi, Miwako

Hoshi, Miwako (Japan)
[Come visit Dr. Hoshi's Research Room]

Professor Emerita of the School of Human Development and Graduate School of Nagoya University of Arts. Specializes in developmental psychology. Her research includes Japan-France collaborative research in the transmission of cultural value from teachers to infants, research of communication among infants and more, all based in the field of childcare facilities. Her recent research is a four-country research project on childrearing and childrearing-support. Completed a Ph.D. program without dissertation in Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo.

Ishiyama, Hajime

Ishiyama, Hajime (Japan, working in Mainland China)
[Come visit Mr. Ishiyama's Research Room]

General Manager, Shanghai Children's Epoch Benesse Culture Development Co., Ltd. Joined Fukutake Publishing Co., Ltd. (current Benesse Holdings, Inc. and Benesse Corporation) in 1987, was appointed Deputy Representative of Benesse Guangzhou Office in 1995, Deputy Representative of Benesse Shanghai Office in 2005, before assuming his current position in 2011. Developing Qiaohu's products with China Welfare Institute for Chinese children. Supporting corporate charity works,including visits to the kindergartens in Jiangxi, Anhui and Guizhou Province.

Jalal, Fasli

Jalal, Fasli (Indonesia)
[Come visit Dr. Jalal's Research Room]

Prof. dr. Fasli Jalal, Ph.D, Sp.Gk., known as former Deputy Minister of National Education of the Republic of Indonesia, has held several important key positions in the government. He was Professor of clinical nutrition at the Andalas University from 2009-2015, and is now active as a faculty member of Postgraduate Program of Early Childhood Education at Jakarta State University as well as doctoral doctor and examiner at the Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia. He also works as consultant in various NGO such as World Bank, WHO, UNICEF and Asian Development Bank.

Khayankij, Sasilak

Khayankij, Sasilak (Thailand)
[Come visit Dr. Khayankij's Research Room]

Ph.D., Associate professor in early childhood education at the Department of curriculum and instruction, Faculty of education, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. All her degrees were awarded by Chulalongkorn University. She has a B.Sc. in Photography Science and Printing Technology from the Faculty of Science in 1996. Then she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in 2001 and 2006 in the field of Early Childhood education from the Faculty of Education. After working as an educator for 6 years, she took a foundation course in Anthroposophy art therapy at Therapeutikum Thailand and was awarded the certificate in 2015. Her areas of interest include Parent Education, Special Education, aesthetic experiences, and assessment for young children.

Mingoa, Thelma

Mingoa, Thelma (Philippines)
[Come visit Dr. Mingoa's Research Room]

Assistant professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Management, De La Salle University
She received her Bachelor degree in Science from the College of Arts and Sciences, Univ. of the Philippines in 1981, earned her Master of Arts in Education in Biology from the College of Education, Univ. of the Philippines in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the College of Education, Univ. of the Philippines in 2006. Her research interest includes Special Education, Gifted Education, and Early Childhood Education.
She is currently a member of the Biology Teachers Association of the Philippines (BIOTA), Philippine Association for Advancement of Science (PhilAAS), Philippine Association for the Gifted (PAG), The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association.

Tan, Poh Tin

Tan, Poh Tin (Malaysia)
[Come visit Dr. Tan's Research Room]

Pediatrician and Public Health Specialist with a passion for helping people to learn.
She has been involved in the design and implementation of training courses at all levels including that of the non traditional, problem-based approach medical syllabus of the 4th Government Medical School, UNIMAS, in Sarawak in 1995.
She graduated from University of Malaya, and obtained her MSc Community Health for Developing Countries from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London and the Diploma of Public Health UK in 1981.

Taniyama, Kazunari

Taniyama, Kazunari (Japan)
[Come visit Mr. Taniyama's Research Room]

CRN Executive Advisor, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute (BERD) General Manager.
He joined Fukutake Publishing Co., Ltd. (current Benesse Holdings, Inc. and Benesse Corporation) in 1983. Having assumed the Benesse Corporation Kyushu Branch Manager, Jido Kyoiku (Children's Education) Department Vice President, and Executive Officer Assistant, President and Representative Director of Tokyo Kobetsu Shido Gakuin. In 2013, BERD was established consolidating the in-house research sections, of which he assumed General Manager, his current post.
Also co-leader of the joint research project “The Everyday Life and Learning of Children,” and visiting research fellow of Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, Hiroshima University.

Visudtibhan, Anannit

Visudtibhan, Anannit (Thailand)
[Come visit Dr. Visudtibhan's Research Room]

President, Child Neurology Association (Thailand).
Studied Pediatrics at Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand, Neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London, England and Pediatric Neurology at The State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is currently a pediatric neurologist and the Chairman of Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University in Thailand; President of the Child Neurology Association of Thailand; and President of Epilepsy Society of Thailand.

Wong, Lee-Fong

Wong, Lee-Fong (Taiwan)
[Come visit Dr. Wong's Research Room]

Professor of National Taipei University of Education.
Ph.D, Faculty of Education The University of Tokyo. Professor, Department of Early Childhood and Family Education, National Taipei University of Education. Currently overseeing research on the licensing system of ECEC educare giver in Taiwan. She has been training preschool teachers in Taipei and also traveling around Taiwan and to the outlying islands once a month to evaluate kindergartens and educational programs. Observing the field of early childhood education from the perspectives of a parent, educator and administrator, her research considers early childhood education and care in the global context. Major publications include Issues and Trends in Child Care Support (co-authored, Gyosei), Reform in Global Early Childhood Education and Care and Scholastic Aptitude (co-authored, Akashi Shoten), and Preschool Education in Asia and Children Living in a Multicultural Age (Akashi Shoten).

Zhou, Nianli

Zhou, Nianli (Mainland China)
[Come visit Dr. Zhou's Research Room]

Professor of East China Normal University.
Professor Zhou acquired her Bachelor of Psychology degree from Ochanomizu University in 1995, Master of Education from the University of Tokyo, and Doctor of Psychology from East China Normal University in 2003. She conducted a survey on emotional development of infants as a visiting research fellow at Arizona State University in the U.S. from June to December 2004. She is vice chairwoman of Japanese International Institute of Young Children Education, director of Health Committee of Chinese Committee of Early Childhood Education. Specializes in child development, parent-child relationship, evaluation of multiple intelligence and child-rearing planning for children aged 0-3 years. 

Secretariat
Liu, Aiping

Liu, Aiping (Mainland China, working in Japan)
[Come visit Aiping Liu's Research Room]

CRN Senior Researcher, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute (BERD) Senior Researcher, Japanese Society of Child Science permanent board member, and a toy consultant.
Her main research and publications up to now are as follows:
"Children in Societies with a Declining Birthrate: The View of Child Science" (2006), "International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education" (East China Normal University, 2007, p 262 - 277, translation), "Recipes for Play (DVD)" (2011), "The Child Science Exchange Program in East Asia" (2007 - 2014), "Research on ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care)" (2013 - 2015), and "Child Research Network Asia (CRNA)" (2016 - ).

Ogawa, Junko

Ogawa, Junko (Japan)
[Come visit Junko Ogawa's Research Room]

CRN Researcher, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute (BERD) Researcher
Her main research up to now are as follows:
The International Symposium on Children’s Welfare and their Rights (2013), "The Child Science Exchange Program in East Asia" (2013 - 2014), "Research on ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care)" (2013 - 2015), and "Child Research Network Asia (CRNA)" (2016 - ).

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