Hui Li

Hui Li
Shanghai Normal University | SHNU · Shanghai Institute of Early Childhood Education

PhD
My "Early Child Chinese Corpus (Mandarin/Cantonese/English) in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore" welcomes collaboration!

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Introduction
Dean and Chair Professor of Shanghai Institute of Early Childhood, Shanghai Normal University. Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong and Macquarie University. Research interests: developmental psycholinguistics, developmental neuropsychology, early literacy, curriculum and pedagogy, teacher education, education policy. Associate Editor: (1) ECDC; (2) EE&D; (3) Frontiers in Psychology; (4) SNSS; Editorial board: CIEC, ECNU ROE, IJEYE, IJECP, JSED.
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August 2018 - December 2021
Macquarie University
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  • Professor (Full)
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  • MEd/MEChild Program Director.
July 2005 - July 2018
The University of Hong Kong
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  • Professor (Associate)
August 2000 - August 2005
The Education University of Hong Kong
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  • Lecturer

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Publications (252)
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The establishment of a sustainable world, ecology, and economy cannot be accomplished without the success of social relations among the world's inhabitants. In the context of globalisation, which fosters the blending of various people's characters and cultures, English as an international language plays a paramount role in sustaining human relation...
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This study assessed the impact of structural characteristics on quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) outcomes in an Australian national study. Data from the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) repository of National Quality Standard (NQS) ratings were used to identify long day care services that had improved...
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Adopting the theory of planned behaviour (TPB), this sequential mixed-methods research investigates Hong Kong kindergarten teachers’ reported beliefs and practices regarding early visual arts education (EVAE). The qualitative part (Phase 1) is an interview study of 19 kindergarten teachers in two focus groups, aiming to develop a conceptual structu...
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Digital wellbeing concerns the balance and health we may experience in digital use, and the existing studies have focused on adolescents and adults. However, young children are more vulnerable to digital overuse and addiction than adults; thus, their digital wellbeing deserves empirical exploration. This scoping review synthesized and evaluated 35...
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The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns have transformed the mode of delivering preservice teacher education from face-to-face to online, causing unexpected challenges and difficulties. This scoping review aims to synthesize the empirical evidence to explore the reported effects of COVID-19 on preservice early-childhood teacher education pr...
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Executive function (EF) includes a set of higher-order abilities that control one’s actions and thoughts consciously and has a protracted developmental trajectory that parallels the maturation of the frontal lobes, which develop speedily over the preschool period. To fully understand the development of EF in preschoolers, this study examined the re...
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China replaced the Two-Child Policy with the Three-Child Policy in 2021 to raise birth rates, but the potential effects of the increased number of children on family life and child development have not been empirically explored. This study examines the moderating role of child number in the relationships between parenting stress, parent–child liter...
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This study aimed to verify the sex differences seen in our previous study on early syntactic development among Cantonese-speaking children with the same corpus design but a different Chinese language: Mandarin. The utterances produced during half-hour play activities by 192 Beijing children, ranging from 3 to 6 years, were collected in the Early Ch...
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Micro-level language policy and planning (LPP) primarily concerns local actors' decision-making on matters in relation to language(s) and its users. Despite a growing body of literature focusing on micro language planning in educational settings, there is a scarcity of research examining early childhood education settings such as micro-level LPP co...
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In language education research, micro-level language policy and planning (LPP) primarily concerns local actors’ decision-making on matters in relation to language(s) and its users. Despite a growing body of literature focusing on micro-level language planning in educational settings, there is a scarcity of research examining early childhood educati...
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COVID-19 lockdowns forced universities to deliver classes wholly online, resulting in various impacts on higher teacher education institutions (TEIs) that were differently prepared for such a change. However, few studies have explored the impact of the pandemic on the shift of early childhood teacher education programs to online delivery, especiall...
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This study examined the relationship among the three domains of executive function (EF; cognitive shifting, inhibitory control, and working memory) to test the applicability of the unity-diversity model in preschoolers using both behavioral and fNIRS approaches. Altogether 58 Chinese preschoolers (34 boys, 24 girls, Mage = 5.86 years, SD = 0.53, Ag...
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Past research has shown that listening to slow- or fast-tempo music can affect adults’ executive attention (EA) performance. This study examined the immediate impact of brief exposure to slow- or fast-tempo music on EA performance in 4- to 6-year-old children. A within-subject design was used, where each child completed three blocks of EA task afte...
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This study aimed to understand how teacher trust in others (TTO) and teacher commitment (TC) co-mediate the path from school leadership (SL) to students' reading literacy (RL). Altogether 1,223 Grade 8 students (female =647; male = 576, M age = 15.35, SD = 1.28) and their 34 principals from 34 secondary schools in rural western China were sampled a...
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Metacognition plays an important role in young children’s learning and daily life activities. Based on Anji Play, we designed a metacognition enhancement program named Circling Curriculum for Metacognition Training (CCMT). With a quasi-experimental design, we examined the effects of the CCMT program on the metacognition of 5–6-year-old Chinese chil...
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In the past decades, the visual arts in early childhood education were dominated by conventional approaches to shaping children’s artistic output. Craft making formed the major content of visual arts activities in kindergartens, and teachers relied on product-oriented instructions to deliver visual arts teaching to young children. However, there wa...
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Research Findings: This study aimed to explore parental satisfaction with Puhui early childhood education (ECE) service in China using evidence from a national validation study. The Parent Satisfaction with the Puhui Early Childhood Education Service Scale (PES) was developed and validated with 4,134 Chinese parents, who were sampled using a strati...
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In this study, we examined the quality of Puhui early education services perceived by Chinese teachers with evidence from a national validation study. Firstly, using a stratified cluster sampling method, the Puhui Early Education Service Quality Scale (PEESQ) was developed and validated with 994 Chinese teachers. Secondly, the psychometric properti...
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In this conceptual paper, we propose a new three-pronged theoretical framework derived from Chinese philosophy: (1) Tian Shi (timing), (2) Di Li (context), and (3) Ren He (human capital). Specifically, we delineate the nature of Tian Shi, Di Li, Ren He required for the successful translation of top-down education policy into practice using Hong Kon...
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Mindfulness training has been found to enable cognitive and emotional awareness and diminish emotional distraction and cognitive rigidity. However, the existing intervention studies have largely focused on school children, adolescents, and adults, leaving young children unexplored. This study examined the influence of mindfulness training on young...
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This study aimed to understand whether Chinese early childhood (EC) teachers are willing to give birth to children to embrace the new ‘third-child’ policy. Altogether, 1042 participants (44.7% teachers, 55.3% other parents) were sampled and surveyed online. The results indicated that: (1) the teachers demonstrated fertility willingness different fr...
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Education for sustainable development in foreign language teaching and learning impacts students’ lives in their current or future endeavours. Despite a wide body of literature elucidating identity navigation of EFL teachers and international doctoral students, a relative scarcity of scholarship casts light on the in-between cohort, namely those wh...
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Teaming a strong preschool with less-developed, rural, or newly established preschools is an effective strategy to promote quality. Since 2015, Shanghai has sought to improve preschool education quality through collaboration. Guided by the “3A2S” theoretical framework, this study evaluated the development and effectiveness of preschool federations...
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Research Findings: There are heated debates about the benefits and risks of using digital devices in the early years. This study explored the latent profiles and the associated predictors of digital literacy and multimodal practices in Chinese children to understand how children use and interact with digital devices at home. A total of 1953 parents...
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Coding (or computer programming) helps equip children with an intellectual structure that is valuable for their lifelong learning and development. The proliferation of innovative coding platforms, especially screen-free programmable robotics, has made it possible for coding to be integrated into early childhood education (ECE). However, how the cod...
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【New Issue Alert from ECNU Review of Education】Our June special issue guest edited by Weipeng Yang, Marek Tesar and Hui Li is now out! To get new insights into early childhood experiences and curriculum development in diverse cultural contexts within a rapidly globalizing world, please check out this special issue here: https://journals.sagepub.com...
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The sustainable development of early childhood institutions in aging China calls for the sustainable development of early childhood teachers, which should attend to the balanced development between male and female teachers. Yet this issue has not been adequately investigated in the literature. To fill this research gap, this study explored the gend...
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This case study adopted a mixed-methods approach to understanding how and why the free early childhood education (ECE) policy in Nanjing, China, was formulated, implemented, and failed, using the “policy cycle” framework. Many countries have implemented the free ECE policy to solve affordability and accessibility problems without considering policy...
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This study explored the patterns and predictors of aspect marker acquisition of Chinese preschoolers speaking Mandarin Chinese as their first language (L1). Based on a corpus drawn from 157 preschoolers from Beijing, China, this study set out to explore (1) the developmental pattern of as- pect marker acquisition; (2) the interactional pattern betw...
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This study aims to evaluate the sustainability of early childhood education (ECE) from Chinese teachers' perspectives using a newly developed and validated instrument, the Sustainability of Early Childhood Education Rating Scale (SECERS). Altogether, 3636 teachers nationwide were randomly surveyed. First, analysis of the psychometric properties ind...
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The effect of school leadership (SL) on student achievement (SA) has been extensively examined, whereas the influences of teacher commitment (TC) and collaborative culture (CC) have not been thoroughly explored. This study conducted a moderated mediation analysis by investigating (a) TC as a mediator in the relationship between SL and SA and (b) CC...
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This study aims to explore the determinants of preschool choice among middle-income parents in Shanghai, the city with the most adequate and diversified preschool services in China. We administer an online survey to 333 Shanghai middle-income parents and find that preschool quality, children’s development, and parents’ needs constitute the determin...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, schools and preschools worldwide have been suspended, causing many challenges for students, parents, and teachers. Through home-schooling, preschool children struggle to accept new (online) learning modes. Teachers need to acquire digital skills quickly to deliver online teaching, while parents need to take on the role...
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This study investigated the role of theme-based blocks play in enhancing Chinese children's language capacity with a quasi-experiment. Altogether 61 young children were assigned to the experiment group (M age = 5.83, SD = 0.25, 56.25% girls) and the control group (M age = 5.87, SD = 0.28, 51.72% girls). The experiment group was engaged in a 12-week...
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Teachers’ professional identities, or the professional images teachers have of themselves, play an essential role in teachers’ pedagogical knowledge and their propensity to stay in the profession. Even though with a shared recognition of the importance of professional identities among teachers, research is limited in terms of examining preservice t...
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This study explored Chinese preschoolers' expression of motion events in a toy-play context, focusing on developmental patterns and family predictors. A total of 1683 utterances produced by 192 preschoolers (aged 2, aged 3, aged 4, aged 5) about motion events were identified from the Corpus (oLi & Tse, Li & Tse, 2011). The descriptive and regressio...
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This Special Issue includes a collection of studies examining the role of culture and context in shaping childhood experience and curriculum. This Special Issue aims to explicitly acknowledge that, first, culture and the value system it provides has never stayed away from us. Second, social change and cultural collisions in the globalized world res...
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Purpose This article presents a scoping review of the internationally published research on the early childhood curriculum (ECC) reforms, policies, measures, and effectiveness in China and Singapore, to explore the joint and interactive effects of globalization and localization in ECC in two different contexts. Design/Approach/Methods We reviewed...
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Shyness is associated with poorer preschool engagement, but few studies have evaluated the underlying mechanisms in Chinese preschoolers. This study explored the mediating role of teacher–child closeness and the moderating role of child gender in the association between shyness and school engagement to fill this gap. With the cluster sampling metho...
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This study examined the role of selfregulation in the path from family factors to preschool readiness in China. Altogether 661 preschool children (M = 43.30 months, SD = 3.6) were sampled from 5 preschools in a coastal city of Southern China. Their parents reported on the family routines, parenting styles, and the child's selfregulation. And their...
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This study explored the family language policy, parental beliefs, and bilingual parenting in Beijing, a typical monolingual society. Stratified random sampling was conducted to recruit 192 parents of Chinese preschoolers (ages 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, and 5.5 years). They were surveyed with the Home Language Environment and Practices (HLEP) developed for thi...
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Aims and objectives/purpose/research questions: The bilingual advantage in executive function (EF) has recently been explored with functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) technology, but the results are still controversial because of the limited statistical analysis. This study aims to fill the gap by replicating the existing studies and adva...
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This study explored the family language policy, bilingual parenting profiles, and the predictors among Chinese parents in Singapore. Altogether 175 parents of Chinese-English bilingual preschoolers (aged 2;6-5;6) were sampled and surveyed. The research results indicated that: (1) a majority of the parents (93.7%) believed in early bilingualism but...
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Coaching is proven to be an effective strategy of professional development; however, rare research has documented the nuances of coaching effects and the enablers in early childhood education. This study presents a systematic review of 33 randomised controlled trials or (quasi-)experiments to investigate the effects of coaching as a professional de...
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China has been the world’s most populous country for a long time. The Chinese government embarked on family planning initiatives to address the concerns about the capacity of existing resources raised by the ballooning population. It officially introduced its iconic one-child policy at the national level in 1979, under which most Chinese couples we...
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The existing literature has established the effects of emotional labor on teachers’ wellbeing indicators and teaching efficacy, leaving its impact on students’ outcomes unexplored. Following Grandey’s integrative model of emotional labor and social-emotional learning (SEL) framework, this study explored the relationship between teachers’ emotional...
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Critical thinking in children is a growing concern for early childhood educators; however, few studies have examined children's critical thinking in an out-of-class context. This case study aimed toward filling this research gap by examining the critical thinking of a Mandarin-speaking child aged 5 years and 8 months in an out-of-class context. The...
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This study elicited and analyzed all the Chinese and English interrogatives from the Singapore Early Child Mandarin Corpus (132 children aged 2;6, 3;6, 4;6, and 5;6) to examine the effects and predictors of early bilingual development in Singapore preschoolers. The results indicated that: (1) there was significant age (but not gender) effect in the...
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Research Findings: The study examined the latent profiles of approaches to learning (ATL) in Chinese preschoolers and the association of profile membership with their academic school readiness. A total of 235 preschoolers (Mage = 58.07 months, SD = 10.09 months) were sampled and evaluated with the School Readiness Composite (SRC) of the Bracken Bas...
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The COVID-19 lockdowns had forced young children to take digital preschooling and their parents to practize digital parenting. This study explored how Chinese parents viewed and mediated early digital use during the lockdowns. A total of 2491 parents were recruited nationally and surveyed online in late 2020. The results indicated that: (1) Chinese...
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Purpose The longitudinal impact of media multitasking on the development of executive function has been understudied, as most of the existing studies are cross-sectional. This longitudinal study addresses this research gap and uses multiple measures, i.e. behavioral and self-reported, to explore the impact of media multitasking on the executive fun...
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This chapter presents a comparison of the early childhood curriculum guidelines between Australia and Hong Kong. It has brought about some interesting and important questions to scholars and policymakers such as: Why is Australia so far behind Hong Kong in PISA results? Are there any reasons that could be related to early childhood education? What...
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This study explored the patterns and predictors of code-switching (CS) in Singapore preschoolers by analyzing the data elicited from an existing early childhood corpus. Altogether 943 cases of CS produced by 111 children aged 2;6, 3;6, 4;6, 5;6, respectively, were analyzed. The results indicated that: (1) ‘insertion’, ‘intersentential’, and ‘backfl...
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The impact of the one-child policy on urban children's development has been widely studied, leaving those from rural areas unexplored. This study investigated the sibling effects (only-child or not) on adolescents’ academic achievement in rural China. Altogether 156 pairs of only children and their peers with siblings (Female = 145, 46.5%; aged fro...
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Early spatial language plays an important role in facilitating cognition and thoughts thus deserves empirical studies. This scoping review aims to synthesis the empirical evidence to identify the key topics, major findings, and research gaps regarding early spatial language development and education. The search has identified 19 studies published i...
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Existing studies have explored parental play beliefs in the developed coastal cities in mainland China, leaving parents in developing areas unstudied. This study aimed to understand how these understudied parents view and engage in their children’s play at home, using Bronfenbrenner’s process–person–context–time (PPCT) model. Eight families were in...
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This study develops and validates the Chinese Kindergarten Teacher Quality Scale (CKTQS) based on China’s National Professional Standards for K-12 Teachers. We randomly selected and surveyed 1,834 teachers from Shanghai kindergartens. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses confirmed a five-factor structure (healthy condition, practical wisdom...
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Lay Description What is already known about this topic? Collective Academic Supervision (CAS) is a collective model for students’ academic supervision to reduce their isolation and as a measure to establish a congenial culture and to develop networks with their peers. Online academic supervision has transformed the traditional, individual supervis...
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General Linear Modelling (GLM) has been widely employed to estimate the hemodynamic changes evoked by cognitive processing, which are more likely to be nonlinear than linear. First, this study re-analyzed the fNIRS data (N = 38, Mage = 5.0 years, SD = 0.69 years, 17 girls) collected in the Mixed-Order Design Dimensional Change Card Sort (DCCS) task...
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Research Findings: Driven by the universal two-child policy, the childcare services in China have stepped into a new era after 3-decade of neglect. This national study investigated the accessibility, quality, and administration of childcare services for children under age 3, by establishing a triangulation of survey, interview, and classroom observ...
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Research Findings: The impact of the newly launched “two-child policy” on young children’s social development has not been empirically studied. This study examined the possible mediating and moderating factors in the relationship between parenting styles and social competence in Chinese preschoolers. A sample of only children (Nonly-child = 352, Ma...
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Emotional competence (EC) is important for children's social adjustment and sustainable development. The present study designed a school-based emotional competence learning (ECL) program and examined its effectiveness with 56 Chinese preschoolers aged 5-6. A quasi-experimental design was employed to examine the impact of the ECL program on young ch...
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This study investigated the interoceptive accuracy (IAc) of shy adolescents during anticipation of public speaking with a 2 × 2 factorial design. Altogether, 637 junior secondary students in an eastern province of China were sampled and screened with the Chinese version of Cheek and Buss shyness scale. The top 27% of students were considered the sh...
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This study aims to examine the impact of heavy use of tablets on preschoolers’ executive function during the Dimensional Change Card Sort (DCCS) task using the functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Altogether, 38 Chinese preschoolers (Mage = 5.0 years, SD = 0.69 years, 17 girls) completed the tasks before the COVID-19 lockdown. Eight child...