Dr Angel Chan

PhD, MEd (Hons), BEd, Teacher Certificate


Dr Angel Chan is a senior lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work. Angel has taught in diverse education settings, ranging from early childhood, primary, secondary to tertiary, in Hong Kong and New Zealand.  She also held various leadership and management roles in the past. Her teaching and research aim at promoting social justice and cohesion by supporting teachers to develop inclusive pedagogies to work with diverse families.    

Research | Current

Angel’s research interests are in the field of sociology, cultural studies and early childhood education.  Her research areas include: the politics of identity, diversity, immigrant families in education settings, transnational parenting, critical multiculturalism, and teaching and learning in Chinese contexts. She is currently investigating how the notion of 'superdiversity' is promoted in New Zealand.         

Teaching | Current

  • EDCURRIC 211        Languages and literacies   
  • EDCURRIC 213        Social sciences education
  • EDCURRIC 631        Languages and cultures 
  • EDPROFST 702       The twenty-first century classroom/centre
  • EDPROFST 716        Early years pedagogy (postgraduate)
  • EDCURRIC 751        Early Childhood Education Curriculum Issues (postgraduate)

Postgraduate supervision

Kamini Kamdar: Tracing elements of the Reggio Emilia Approach: A closer look at the Ontario kindergarten curriculum and Te Whariki (with Dr Marek Tesar)

Rebecca Mackintosh: Are we on the same path? An investigation of whanau, teacher and institutional aspirations (with Prof Helen Hedges)

Kiri Gould: Privitisation and discourses of social justice in early childhood education (with Dr Sandy Farquhar)

Tian Yang: Using digital devices in kindergartens in China (with Asso Prof  Cathy Gunn)

Emily Lin: Integration of ‘New Zealand’ early childhood education discourses: A case study of a kindergarten in China (with Dr Marek Tesar)

Ye Zhang: Block play in early childhood education settings in Hong Kong (with Prof Helen Hedges and Dr Deborah Widdowson)

Chan, Hailey: The professional identity of early childhood teachers in inter-professional work (with Prof Helen Hedges)

Yisheng Gao: The significance of preschool education to new Chinese immigrant families in New Zealand: Network, norms, and trust (with Prof Janet Gaffney and Dr Meg Jacobs)


Course Director of EDCURRIC 211, 213 and 631


Areas of expertise

  • early childhood education
  • critical multicultural studies
  • immigrant studies
  • transnational parenting
  • sociology of childhood
  • learning and teaching in Chinese education contexts 
  • life story
  • narrative and discourse analysis
  • reflexivity in research

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • CURRPD research committee
  • International Committee
  • Manuscript reviewer for: Global Studies of Childhood, Contemporary Issues of Early Childhood, Early Childhood Folio, The First Years: Nga Tau Tuatahi. New Zealand Journal of Infant and Toddler Education, Education as Change, International Journal of Childcare and Education Policy


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Chan, A., & Ritchie, J. (2020). Responding to superdiversity whilst upholding Te Tiriti O Waitangi: Challenges for early childhood teacher education in Aotearoa New Zealand. In J. Fox, C. Alexander, T. Aspland (Eds.) Teacher Education in Globalised Times Local Responses in Action (pp. 219-237). Singapore: Springer Nature. 10.1007/978-981-15-4124-7_12
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/51445
  • Chan, A., & Ritchie, J. (2019). A superdiverse Tiriti o Waitangi based Aotearoa New Zealand?. https://nzareblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/superdiverse-nz/. Related URL.
  • Chan, A. (2019). Te Whāriki: An early childhood curriculum in a superdiverse New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies10.1007/s40841-019-00138-z
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48433
  • Smith, J., Chan, A., & Biebricher, C. (2019). Researching identity/ies: Theoretical and methodological frames. Auckland, New Zealand. 30 May 2019. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jill Smith
  • Chan, A., & Ritchie, J. (30/5/2019). Superdiversity in ECE: Applying a superdiversity approach in a Tiriti o Waitangi framed Aotearoa New Zealand ECE [Webinar]. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47853
  • Chan, A. (2019). How to use a superdiversity approach to work with migrant families in early childhood care and education settings. https://theeducationhub.org.nz/research-guide/how-to-use-a-superdiversity-approach-to-work-with-migrant-families-in-early-childhood-care-and-education-settings/. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47867
  • Chan, A., & Ritchie, J. (2019). Critical pedagogies of place: Some considerations for early childhood care and education in a superdiverse 'bicultural' Aotearoa (New Zealand). International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 10 (1), 51-75. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47168
  • Chan, A. (2019). Using the kindergarten education curriculum guide to create an inclusive environment for diverse learners. Paper presented at “Invest Early: The Role of Schools” Teacher’s Professional Development Conference, Hong Kong. 26 January - 26 January 2019. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 235
New Zealand