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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Dr Xiaofei Qi, BA, MA, PhD

Lecturer in Education in the School of Education

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Dr Xiaofei Qi is a Lecturer at the School of Education, Durham University. Her current work focuses on early childhood education and development, digital parenting support, assessment in education and includes studies of longitudinal and quasi-experimental design.

Xiaofei joined the School of Education in 2019 from the University of Cambridge where she was a Research Associate at the Education Reform and Innovation team within Faculty of Education. Prior to that, she worked at the Cambridge Psychometrics Centre heading up the centre’s project to develop a computerised adaptive entrance test for Eton College. Xiaofei obtained a PhD in Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London in 2015, with a thesis entitled "Does preschool experience matter?" Since then, Dr Qi's work has focussed on exploring the effects of school and home learning environment, particularly during the early years, on children's intellectual, emotional and behaviour development as well as well-being more generally. 

    Research Groups

    Research Interests

    • Early childhood education and care (ECEC)
    • Parenting
    • Child ability assessment: verbal and non-verbal
    • Digital Home Learning Environment (HLE)
    • Educational assessment
    • Entrance test development
    • Computational modelling in second language acquisition (SLA)

    Selected Publications

    Conference Proceeding

    Doctoral Thesis

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    Selected Grants

    • 2019: EEF Maths Champions II
    • 2018: Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme