Dr SUN, Jin   孫瑾
Assistant Professor
Department of Early Childhood Education
Phone No: (852) 2948 7740
Fax No: (852) 2948 7160
Email: jinsun@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0001-6707-3763
Phone
(852) 2948 7740
Fax
(852) 2948 7160
Email
jinsun@eduhk.hk
Address
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
Scopus ID
55385845900
Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Chapter in an edited book (author)
Jiang, Y., Pang, Lijuan, & Sun, J. (2017). Early Childhood Teacher Education in China. N. Rao, J. Zhou, & J. Sun, Early childhood education in Chinese societies (85-100). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer
Ng. S., Sun, J., Lau, C., & Rao, N. (2017). Early childhood education in Hong Kong: Progress, challenges and opportunities. N. Rao, J. Zhou, & J. Sun, Early childhood education in Chinese societies (147-170). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer
Rao, N., & Sun, J. (2017). Conclusions: Similarities and Distinctions in Early Childhood Education across Chinese Societies. N. Rao, J. Zhou, & J. Sun, Early childhood education in Chinese societies (251-258). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer
Rao, N., & Sun, J. (2017). Introduction. Rao, J. Zhou, & J. Sun, Early childhood education in Chinese societies (1-10). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer
Sun, J., & Rao, N. (2017). Chinese socialization: Growing up in Chinese families and societies. N. Rao, J. Zhou, & J. Sun, Early childhood education in Chinese societies. (11-30). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer
Zhou, J., Sun, J., & Lee, D. (2017). Trends in government expenditure on early childhood education in China: Practices in Shanghai and Nanshan. N. Rao, J. Zhou, & J. Sun, Early childhood education in Chinese societies (71-84). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer
Rao, N., Sun, J., & Zhang, L. (2014). Learning to learn in early childhood: Home and preschool influences in Chinese societies. C. Stringher, & C. R. Deakin, Learning to learn for all: Theory, practice and international research (133-151). Abingdon, Oxford, UK: Routledge
Edited book (editor)
Rao, N., Zhou, J., & Sun, J. (2017). Early childhood education in Chinese societies. . Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Journal Publications
Publication in refereed journal
Li, H., Sun, J., & Zhang, X. (2021). Editorial: Multidisciplinary approaches to understanding early development of spatial skills. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 1-10
Zheng, P. J. & Sun, J. (2021). Preschool children’s use of digital devices and early development in Hong Kong: The role of family socioeconomic status. Early Education and Development, 2, 1-10
Huang, Q., Sun, J., & Tang, Y. (2021). Chinese parents’ scaffolding and children’s initiative in mother-child and father-child interactions across different types of problem-solving activities. Early Education and Development, 32, 249-271
Su, Y. F., Rao, N., Sun, J., & Zhang, L. (2021). Preschool quality and child development in China. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 56, 15-26
Wu, D. & Sun, J. (2020). Exploring the relationship between parental involvement, paper folding skills and early spatial ability: A mediation model. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1-10
Sun, J. & Kang, R. (2020). Cool and hot self-regulation predict early achievement in Chinese preschoolers. Early Child Development and Care, 5, 0-0
Rao, N., Richards, B., Lau, C., Weber, A. M., Sun, J., Darmstadt, G. L., Sincovich, A., Bacon-Shone, J., & Ip, P. (2020). Associations Among Early Stimulation, Stunting, and Child Development in Four Countries in the East Asia–Pacific. International Journal of Early Childhood Education, 52, 175-193
Rao, N., Richards, B., Sun, J. Weber, A., & Sincovich, A. (2019). Early Childhood Education and Child Development in four countries in East Asia and the Pacific. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 47, 169-181
Sun, J., Lau, C, Sincovich, A., & Rao, N. (2018). Parental engagement in home learning activities, socioeconomic status and early child development in East Asia and the Pacific. Children and Youth Services Review, 93, 321-330
2. Zhang, L, Sun, J., Richards, B., Davidson, K., and Rao, N. (2018). Motor skills and executive function contribute to early achievement in East Asia and the Pacific region. Early Education and Development, 29, 1-20
Sun, J., Zhang, L., Chen, E., Lau, C., & Rao, N. (2018). Preschool attendance and executive function mediate socio-economic status–related early academic achievement Gaps in East Asia and the Pacific. Early Education and Development, 29, 1039-1060
Rao, N., Sun, J., Richards, B., Weber, A., Sincovich, A., Darmstadt, G., & Ip., P. (2018). Assessing diversity in early childhood development in the East Asia-Pacific. Child Indicators Research, 20, 1-20
Ip, P., Ho, F. K. W., Rao, N., Sun, J., Young, M. E., Chow, C. B., Tso, W., & Hon, K. L. (2017). Impact of nutritional supplements on cognitive development of children in developing countries: A meta-analysis. Scientific Reports, 7, 1-9
SUN, J. & Tang, Y. (2017). Maternal scaffolding strategies and early development of self-regulation in Chinese preschoolers. Early Child Development and Care, 4, 1-13
Rao, N., Sun, J., Chen, E., & Ip, P. (2017). Effectiveness of Early Childhood Interventions in Promoting Cognitive Development in Developing Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics, 22, 14-25
Sun, J., Liu, Y., Chen, E., Rao, N., & Liu, H. (2016). Factors related to parents' engagement in cognitive and socio-emotional caregiving in low- and middle-income countries: Results from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 3. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 36, 21-31
Sun, J., & Rao, N. (2012). Scaffolding preschool children’s problem solving: A comparison between Chinese mothers and teachers across multiple tasks. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 10, 1-21

Conference Papers
Refereed conference paper
Sun, J., Kang, R., Ip, P., & Rao, N. (2019, 3). Cognitive and Emotional Self-Regulation Predict Early Achievement in Chinese Preschoolers. Paper presented at the 2019 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

All Other Outputs
Other outputs
Sun, J., Rao, N., & Pearson, E. (2015). Achieving Goal 1: Policies and strategies to enhance the quality of early childhood educators. Paris: UNESCO

Project

Cool and Hot Self-Regulation and Early Learning and Development: A Cross-Culture Comparative Study in China and Australia
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Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): SUN, Jin 孫瑾
 
Early Achievement Gaps in Mathematics, Social Emotional and Motor Development: The Moderating Roles of Cool and Hot Executive Function
Early achievement is predictive of academic and occupational success in later life. However, there is a wide and persistent achievement gap globally between children from low-income families and those with greater advantages. Executive function (EF) may serve as a compensatory component in early development and learning for children experiencing risks early in life. A distinction between cool and hot self-regulation (our ability to regulate our thoughts and behaviours in affectively neutral demands versus in emotionally arousing tasks, respectively) is often made and the integration of these two aspects is regarded as essential in understanding the comprehensive nature of self-regulation and its influences on early academic attainment. Although the issue of the income-achievement gap has been hotly debated in Chinese societies, few empirical studies have addressed the income-achievement gap in the early years and its relationship with EF in Chinese societies, in which children are socialised to exert emotional and behavioural control both within the family and at school, regardless of household wealth.
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): SUN, Jin 孫瑾
 
Cool and Hot Self-Regulation and Early Learning and Development in Chinese Children: A Longitudinal Study
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Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): SUN, Jin 孫瑾
 
Maternal Scaffolding and Early Learning and Development: A Latent Profile Analysis
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Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): SUN, Jin 孫瑾
 
Early Income-Achievement Gap in Hong Kong: The Role of Self-Regulation
This study will examine the income-achievement gap in the early years and its relationship with self-regulation in Hong Kong.
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): SUN, Jin 孫瑾
 
Effects of Self-Regulation Enhancement Programs on Early Learning and Development: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
This study will examine the effectiveness of self-regulation enhancement programs on early learning and development. Particularly, it will assembles extant practices aiming to facilitate early self-regulation development to enhance early learning and development in both the developed and developing countries contexts and to determine how, why, and under what conditions self-regulation interventions facilitate early learning and development.
Project Start Year: 2015, Principal Investigator(s): SUN, Jin 孫瑾
 
Early Childhood Development and Cognitive Development in Developing Countries: A Rigorous Literature Review
This study will review the studies of the impact of ECD interventions on the cognitive development and learning achievement of children from developing countries and particularly examine what factors and how these factors influence early cognitive development and learning achievement. (GBP 36,200)
Project Start Year: 2013, Principal Investigator(s): Nirmala Rao (SUN, Jin 孫瑾 as Co-Investigator)
 
Validation, Finalization and Adoption of the EAP-ECDS
This study will validate and finalize the East Asia-Pacific Early Child Scales (EAP-ECDS) in 6 countries in the region. (USD 166,974)
Project Start Year: 2013, Principal Investigator(s): Nirmala Rao (SUN, Jin 孫瑾 as Co-Investigator)
 
Foster Early Childhood Development in the Chinese Societies: A Rigorous Literature Review
This study will review studies on fostering early childhood development in the Chinese societies to specify “which types of interventions and which implementation characteristics have been shown to be effective for promoting early development from 0-6 in the Chinese societies”.
Project Start Year: 2012, Principal Investigator(s): SUN, Jin 孫瑾
 
Prizes and awards

2015-2016 Additional Insights International Research Fellowship

Date of receipt: 14/6/2015, Conferred by: New York University
 
Departmental Publication Award
Four articles published in 2012 were awarded the award. They are: 1) Scaffolding interactions with preschool children: Comparisons between Chinese mothers and teachers across different tasks; 2) Scaffolding preschool children’s problem solving: A comparison between Chinese mothers and teachers across multiple tasks; 3) Early achievement in rural China: The role of preschool experience; 4) Is something better than nothing? An evaluation of early childhood programs in Cambodia
Date of receipt: 20/11/2012, Conferred by: ECE Department, HKIED