Miss Wendy (Sae Me) Lee

Dip (Early Childhood)(SWSI); BA (Early Childhood)(WSU); MA (Early Childhood)(Macquarie)
PhD Candidate
Unit Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor

Telephone +61 2 93516229

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Biographical details

Wendy is a 4th year PhD candidate, researching in the field of emotional attachment in early childhood at The University of Sydney. Wendy holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood, Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Studies, and a Diploma in Children's Services. Wendy has worked as an Early Childhood Teacher for twelve years in Australia, Germany, and in South Korea. Wendy is currently serving as Unit Coordinator, Sessional Lecturer, and Tutor. Wendy is also currently working as a Research Assistant to investigate how pre-school aged children respond to pro and anti social behaviours. Wendy has a specific interest and passion for research in the field of emotional, moral, and brain development in the early years.

Research interests

Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Emotional Development, Moral Development, Dynamic Systems Theory, Attachment.

Teaching and supervision

  • EDMT5685 Development in the Early Years - Unit Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor
  • EDMT5696 History and Philosophy in Early Childhood Education - Unit Coordaintor, Lecturer, Tutor
  • EDEC1008 History and Philosophy in Early Childhood Education - Unit Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor
  • EDEC4002 Curriculum in Early Childhood - Lecturer, Tutor
  • EDUF1019 Human Development and Education - Tutor, Guest Lecturer
  • EDEC1006 Learning Through Play in Early Childhood - Tutor
  • EDUF2006 Educational Psychology - Guest Lecturer

Thesis work

Thesis title: Emotional availability and attachment in early childhood: Building foundations for learning.

Supervisors: Minkang KIM , Derek SANKEY

Thesis abstract:

There has been increased attention given to the field of early childhood education in Australia, which has included noting the significance of children’s emotional development in the early years. In the context of Australian early childhood settings, this project is conducting a microanalysis of longitudinal change, using a Dynamic Systems framework, to investigate how early childhood educators’ emotional availability impacts the development of attachment between educator and preschool child, and how the quality of attachment impacts a child’s learning opportunities.

Current projects

  • Investigating how early childhood educators' emotional availability impacts the development of attachment between educator and preschool child.
  • Exploring the moral development of young children.

Associations

  • Member of Asia-Pacific Network for Moral Education (APNME).
  • Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI).
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS).
  • Philosophy of Education Society and Australasia (PESA).
  • Early Childhood Australia (ECA).
  • Golden Key International Honour Society.

Awards and honours

  • Emerging Scholar Award for the 2018 Conference on The Learner, June 21-23 in Athens, Greece.
  • USS Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, Semester 1, 2017.
  • USS Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Teachers' Guild of NSW Research Highly Commended Award, 2017.
  • ZONTA Club Sydney East Inc. Scholarship, 2015.
  • The University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) fund, 2015.
  • The University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) fund, 2016.
  • The University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) fund, 2017.

Conference Presentations:

  • Wendy (Sae Me) Lee. (2015). Emotional and Social Wellbeing in Early Childhood. In Asia-Pacific Network for Moral Education Annual International Conference. Sydney, Australia, 4-7 December 2015.
  • Wendy (Sae Me) Lee & Minkang Kim. (2017). Development and Preliminary Validation of the Emotional Sensibility Observation Scale (ESOS) for Early Childhood Educators. In International Convention of Psychological Science Conference. Vienna, Austria, 23-25 March 2017.
  • Wendy (Sae Me) Lee. (2017). Emotional Sensibility of Early Childhood Teachers and its Significance to Building Relationships with Children. In Brain and Mind Symposium. Sydney, Australia, 13 October, 2017.
  • Derek Sankey, Minkang Kim & Wendy Saeme Lee. (2017). Beyond Attachment Theory: Philosophically Reconceptualising the Relationship between Early Childhood Educators and Young Children. In Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Conference. Newcastle, Australia, 1-5 December, 2017.
  • Wendy (Sae Me) Lee. (2018). Attachment between Early Childhood Educators and Preschool Aged Children in Australian Early Childhood Educational Settings. In The 2018 Early Learning Assosciation Australia Conference. Melbourne, Australia, 25-26 May, 2018.
  • Minkang Kim, Ling Wu, Wendy Saeme Lee & Jean Decety. (2018). Young Children's Responses to Harm and Injustice - an EEG Study. In The EARLI (SIG22) Neuroscience and Education Conference. London, United Kingdom, 4-6 June, 2018.

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