Dr BAUTISTA ARELLANO, Alfredo   
Associate Professor
Department of Early Childhood Education
Phone No: (852) 2948 7948
Fax No: (852) 2948 7160
Email: abautista@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0002-5878-1888
Phone
(852) 2948 7948
Fax
(852) 2948 7160
Email
abautista@eduhk.hk
Scopus ID
35621458100
Research Interest

My research focuses on Curriculum, Pedagogy, Teacher Learning and Professional Development (PD), especifically within Early Childhood Education (ECE) settings. The core idea of my research is the notion of ‘responsive PD’. I claim that for PD initiatives to be transformative and effective for teachers, these need to respond to the needs, motivations and interests of teachers. Consistent with this notion, my work involves three recursive components: 1) Analysis of classroom practices and teachers’ PD needs; 2) The design and implementation of responsive PD initiatives, resources, or interventions; and 3) The evaluation of impact / effectiveness of PD. In the past, I have conducted research with teachers from preschools, primary, and secondary schools, focusing on several subject matters, and also with teachers from music conservatories. Currently, my primary focus is to investigate how teacher educators and PD providers can best support early childhood teachers in the area of Arts and Creativity, particularly in Music.


FULL LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.sg/citations?user=VTfYeicAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alfredo-Bautista-2

Teaching Interest

I have taught in higher education environments for 18 years, including in higher diploma, undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. I have also contributed to the implementation of numerous in-service professional development courses and workshops. I have taught courses related to teacher professional development theory and practice, music education and creativity in early childhood, the psychology of music teaching and learning, conceptual change, research methods, and lexicometry.

Professional Profile

I am Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education (ECE) at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). My research focuses on curriculum, pedagogy and teacher professional development. I also serve as Associate Head of Department, looking after internationalization matters for ECE (i.e., international partnerships, exchanges, knowledge transfer & dissemination, departmental visibility). Born and raised in Spain, I studied Psychology (emphasis: teaching and learning) at Autonomous University of Madrid and Music (classical piano) at Royal Music Conservatory of Madrid (Spain). After completing my PhD, I worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) and Tufts University (Boston, United States). Subsequently, I joined Singapore's National Institute of Education, where I served as Research Scientist and Assistant Dean (Professional Learning) within the Office of Education Research. During this period, I run a number of research and development projects as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Singapore Teacher Academy for the Arts, and the National Institute of Early Childhood. My work has been published in prestigious academic journals, both domain general (e.g., Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Professional Development in Education, Journal of Curriculum Studies) and specific to Music (e.g., Psychology of Music, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Music Education Research). I serve as Associate Editor for the journals "SN Social Sciences", "Infancia y Aprendizaje / Journal for the Study of Education and Development", and "Psychology, Society, & Education".

Research Interest

My research focuses on Curriculum, Pedagogy, Teacher Learning and Professional Development (PD), especifically within Early Childhood Education (ECE) settings. The core idea of my research is the notion of ‘responsive PD’. I claim that for PD initiatives to be transformative and effective for teachers, these need to respond to the needs, motivations and interests of teachers. Consistent with this notion, my work involves three recursive components: 1) Analysis of classroom practices and teachers’ PD needs; 2) The design and implementation of responsive PD initiatives, resources, or interventions; and 3) The evaluation of impact / effectiveness of PD. In the past, I have conducted research with teachers from preschools, primary, and secondary schools, focusing on several subject matters, and also with teachers from music conservatories. Currently, my primary focus is to investigate how teacher educators and PD providers can best support early childhood teachers in the area of Arts and Creativity, particularly in Music.


FULL LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.sg/citations?user=VTfYeicAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alfredo-Bautista-2

Teaching Interest

I have taught in higher education environments for 18 years, including in higher diploma, undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. I have also contributed to the implementation of numerous in-service professional development courses and workshops. I have taught courses related to teacher professional development theory and practice, music education and creativity in early childhood, the psychology of music teaching and learning, conceptual change, research methods, and lexicometry.

Project

‘Rhythm And Movement for Self-Regulation’ (RAMSR): Piloting Key Measures and Developing Teacher Learning Materials
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Project Start Year: 2021, Principal Investigator(s): BAUTISTA ARELLANO, Alfredo
 
Arts and Creativity in Hong Kong Kindergartens: Towards 'Glocal' Pedagogies
The aim of this research is to define how Hong Kong Early Childhood Education (ECE) practitioners understand the notions of Arts and Creativity, which is one of the learning areas articulated in the Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide (2017). In this project, we want to give voice to kindergarten teachers, principals, teacher educators, and specialists/curriculum designers. Based on Hong Kong’s context and cultural values, we want to better understand how different ECE stakeholders define wh . . .
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): BAUTISTA ARELLANO, Alfredo
 
Hong Kong Kindergarten Teachers’ Professional Development Needs and Preferences Regarding Music and Movement: A Survey Study
The aim of this study is to survey the professional development (PD) needs and preferences of Hong Kong kindergarten teachers regarding music and movement. Our target population are all trained kindergarten teachers from all local and non-local kindergartens in Hong Kong. The survey is anonymous and confidential. Completion time is 6-8 minutes. Findings will allow local teacher educators and PD providers to design courses and workshops that are customized or more responsive to teachers’ specific . . .
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): BAUTISTA ARELLANO, Alfredo
 
Music and Movement in Kindergarten Education: Hong Kong Teachers' Training Needs and Perceptions of the RAMSR Intervention
The first objective is to investigate Hong Kong kindergarten teachers’ perceived training needs pertaining to music and movement. A better understanding of this topic will allow local teacher educators and professional development providers to design courses and programs more aligned with the interests, motivations, and preferences of practitioners. The second objective is to investigate their perceptions of ‘Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation’ (RAMSR), a new early childhood intervention de . . .
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): BAUTISTA ARELLANO, Alfredo
 
Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation (RAMSR) in Hong Kong Kindergartens: Development, Piloting, and Teacher Training
‘Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation’ (RAMSR) is a classroom intervention that uses fun rhythm and movement activities to improve children’s self-regulation (behavioral control, attention, emotional regulation, etc.). RAMSR was developed by Dr. Kate WILLIAMS in Australia. RAMSR involves 16 20-minutes classroom sessions that run over eight weeks. The activities can be implemented by regular kindergarten teachers. This project has three goals: (1) Adapt RAMSR to the reality of Hong Kong kinder . . .
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): BAUTISTA ARELLANO, Alfredo
 
A Multi-disciplinary Research Programme in Child Development
This research programme is directed at research that seeks to improve key child developmental outcomes (physical and psychological well-being, numeracy, literacy, cognitive and socio-emotional skills), and research designed to understand how these outcomes develop. The project that is the subject of this application is the first phase of a longitudinal study. It will examine the interplay between children’s psychological and physical characteristics and how they interact with their experiences i . . .
Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): LEE, Kerry 李敬廉 (BAUTISTA ARELLANO, Alfredo as Co-Principal Investigator)