Dr Geng Wang

  • Lecturer in Education (School of Education)

Biography

I joined the School of Education, University of Glasgow as a lecturer in September 2023. Previously, I worked as an Associate Researcher at Tianjin University, China (2020-2023). I hold a PhD (University of Glasgow) in education, MSc (University of Edinburgh) in English Literature. I worked as a teacher in vocational colleges in China from 2013-2016.

 

Research interests

My research interests revolve around the sociology of vocational education and training, i.e. the "bigger picture" of skill formation. I am also interested in investigating how vocational or higher education programmes influences young people’s transition and their learning and development.

Using a sociological lens, I have researched topics such as students’ aspirations in vocational colleges, student agency, skill policies, the institutional arrangement of skill formation, and labour market outcomes. My research is cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and comparative, I have conducted projects in contexts such as the UK, China, and South Africa in collaboration with international researchers. Most recently, I was a Co-I for a British Academy-funded project on precarious work and future careers for young people in South Africa and China. 

By pursuing these topics, I have established a track record of publications, guest talks and other scholarly activities. I have published extensively on vocational education as well as young people’s experience in vocational pathways. My paper ‘A cultured man is not a tool’: the impact of Confucian legacies on the standing of vocational education in China, ranked as the most frequently read article on Journal of Vocational Education and Training in 2022.  

 

Publications

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2023

Wang, G. (2023) Upskilling the workforce? A critical analysis of national skills policies in China’s Reform Era. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 44(6), pp. 978-995. (doi: 10.1080/01425692.2023.2219405)

Wang, G. , Xu, R. and Zhang, X. (2023) The making of ‘exam ronins’: young people’s desire for public service jobs in China. Journal of Youth Studies, (doi: 10.1080/13676261.2023.2231356) (Early Online Publication)

Wang, G. and Wang, Z. (2023) Vocational education: a poor second choice? A comparison of the labour market outcomes of academic and vocational graduates in China. Oxford Review of Education, 49(3), pp. 408-427. (doi: 10.1080/03054985.2022.2096583)

Wang, G. , Zhang, X. and Xu, R. (2023) Does vocational education matter in rural China? A comparison of the effects of upper secondary vocational and academic education: evidence from CLDS survey. Education Sciences, 13(3), 258. (doi: 10.3390/educsci13030258)

Doyle, L. and Wang, G. (2023) Strengthening precarity? A critical analysis of education and training programmes in the UK (Scotland). Education and Training, 65(1), pp. 74-87. (doi: 10.1108/ET-03-2022-0122)

2022

Wang, G. and Doyle, L. (2022) Constructing false consciousness: vocational college students’ aspirations and agency in China. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 74(4), pp. 664-681. (doi: 10.1080/13636820.2020.1829008)

Wang, G. (2022) Stepping into the labour market from the VET sector in China: student perceptions and experiences. Studies in Continuing Education, 44(3), pp. 392-408. (doi: 10.1080/0158037X.2021.1872522)

Wang, G. (2022) 'Stupid and lazy' youths? Meritocratic discourse and perceptions of the popular stereotyping of VET students in China. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 43(4), pp. 585-600. (doi: 10.1080/01596306.2020.1868977)

Wang, G. (2022) ‘A cultured man is not a tool’: the impact of confucian legacies on the standing of vocational education in China. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, (doi: 10.1080/13636820.2021.2024590) (Early Online Publication)

2021

Wang, G. (2021) ‘They are bad seeds’: stereotyping habitus in Chinese VET colleges. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 42(7), pp. 1008-1021. (doi: 10.1080/01425692.2021.1959299)

2020

Fu, Z., Ji, C.-H., Weiss-Krumm, H., Wang, G. and Ma, Y. (2020) Chinese-to-English phonetic transfer of Chinese university EFL students. Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 7(1), pp. 18-31.

2019

Zhai, K. , Gao, X. and Wang, G. (2019) Factors for Chinese students choosing Australian higher education and motivation for returning: a systematic review. SAGE Open, 9(2), pp. 1-11. (doi: 10.1177/2158244019850263)

2018

Zhai, K. , Gao, X. and Wang, G. (2018) The role of sleep quality in the psychological well-being of final year Undergraduatestudents in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(12), 2881. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122881) (PMID:30558301) (PMCID:PMC6313603)

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Number of items: 13.

Articles

Wang, G. (2023) Upskilling the workforce? A critical analysis of national skills policies in China’s Reform Era. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 44(6), pp. 978-995. (doi: 10.1080/01425692.2023.2219405)

Wang, G. , Xu, R. and Zhang, X. (2023) The making of ‘exam ronins’: young people’s desire for public service jobs in China. Journal of Youth Studies, (doi: 10.1080/13676261.2023.2231356) (Early Online Publication)

Wang, G. and Wang, Z. (2023) Vocational education: a poor second choice? A comparison of the labour market outcomes of academic and vocational graduates in China. Oxford Review of Education, 49(3), pp. 408-427. (doi: 10.1080/03054985.2022.2096583)

Wang, G. , Zhang, X. and Xu, R. (2023) Does vocational education matter in rural China? A comparison of the effects of upper secondary vocational and academic education: evidence from CLDS survey. Education Sciences, 13(3), 258. (doi: 10.3390/educsci13030258)

Doyle, L. and Wang, G. (2023) Strengthening precarity? A critical analysis of education and training programmes in the UK (Scotland). Education and Training, 65(1), pp. 74-87. (doi: 10.1108/ET-03-2022-0122)

Wang, G. and Doyle, L. (2022) Constructing false consciousness: vocational college students’ aspirations and agency in China. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 74(4), pp. 664-681. (doi: 10.1080/13636820.2020.1829008)

Wang, G. (2022) Stepping into the labour market from the VET sector in China: student perceptions and experiences. Studies in Continuing Education, 44(3), pp. 392-408. (doi: 10.1080/0158037X.2021.1872522)

Wang, G. (2022) 'Stupid and lazy' youths? Meritocratic discourse and perceptions of the popular stereotyping of VET students in China. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 43(4), pp. 585-600. (doi: 10.1080/01596306.2020.1868977)

Wang, G. (2022) ‘A cultured man is not a tool’: the impact of confucian legacies on the standing of vocational education in China. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, (doi: 10.1080/13636820.2021.2024590) (Early Online Publication)

Wang, G. (2021) ‘They are bad seeds’: stereotyping habitus in Chinese VET colleges. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 42(7), pp. 1008-1021. (doi: 10.1080/01425692.2021.1959299)

Fu, Z., Ji, C.-H., Weiss-Krumm, H., Wang, G. and Ma, Y. (2020) Chinese-to-English phonetic transfer of Chinese university EFL students. Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 7(1), pp. 18-31.

Zhai, K. , Gao, X. and Wang, G. (2019) Factors for Chinese students choosing Australian higher education and motivation for returning: a systematic review. SAGE Open, 9(2), pp. 1-11. (doi: 10.1177/2158244019850263)

Zhai, K. , Gao, X. and Wang, G. (2018) The role of sleep quality in the psychological well-being of final year Undergraduatestudents in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(12), 2881. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122881) (PMID:30558301) (PMCID:PMC6313603)

This list was generated on Mon May 27 23:14:38 2024 BST.

Grants

2021. Precarious work and future careers in the context of the gig economy in South Africa and China, British Academy, UK (Co-Investigator).

2020-2023. Innovation Research Grant, Tianjin University, China (Principal Investigator).

2020. The New Engineering Education Institute Project, Tianjin University, China (Co-Investigator).

 

Supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD scholars with respect to the following areas:

  • Sociology of learning
  • Vocational education and training
  • Skill formation
  • The hidden curriculum
  • Skill/education policies
  • Precarious worker and labour market
  • Young people's school-to-work transition
  • Wei, Dichen
    Rethinking the Demand-side of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in China: From Practice to Theory

Teaching

Research Methods: Ethics and Research in Communities

Vocational Education and Training

Working with Youth