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Yan Huo

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Dr Yan Huo is Assistant Professor at the Learning Institute for Future Excellence (LIFE) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Guest Research Fellow at Tsinghua University Center for Youth Moral Education. Before she joined XJTLU, she was a postdoc at Tsinghua University, where her research focus was on youth moral development and character education in the school context. Prior to that, she obtained her PhD in the UK and followed by one year of working experience as a Research Fellow at one of Russell Group Universities – the University of Birmingham, where her research focus was on Aristotelian character education (moral virtues) and how to measure character strengths. Yan’s research approach has benefited from her cross-cultural and interdisciplinary experiences. Her research orientation can be summarized as the application and practical exploration of moral philosophies and positive education theories inspired by virtue ethics, with special emphasis on the concept of character and virtues in education and learning. Her research areas include moral development and character education, character strengths and virtues - and how to measure them, professional ethics education and positive education.Yan has published in a range of international journals, including the Journal of Moral Education (SSCI), Journal of Positive Psychology (SSCI), Current Psychology (SSCI), and Asia Pacific Journal of Education (SSCI), as well as a book chapter in Routledge collections. She is also a reviewer for several international journals. Yan has been entrusted as the treasurer of the Asia Pacific Network for Moral Education (APNME), and she has presented several conference papers at APNEM and other conferences (e.g., Association for Moral Education, AME).“for we are inquiring not in order to know what virtue is, but in order that we may become good, since otherwise our inquiry would have been of no use” – Aristotle 霍岩 博士目前是西交利物浦大学未来卓越学习研究所(LIFE)助理教授;清华大学博士后、清华大学青少年德育研究中心客座研究人员;亚太德育学会委员会委员(APNME);曾担任英国伯明翰大学银禧品格与美德中心研究人员。研究方向可概括为:受美德伦理学启发,对道德哲学(特别是新亚里士多德学派)和积极心理学理论的应用和实践探索,强调品格和美德概念在教育和学习中的发展。研究领域:道德教育和品格教育、品格和美德、职业伦理教育,积极教育以及积极心理品质等。研究成果发表于 Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Moral Education, Current Psychology, Asia Pacific Journal of Education等多个国际学术期刊(SSCI)。担任多个国际期刊的审稿人, 以及在国际道德教育协会(AME)、亚太德育学会(APNME)等学术年会发表多篇国际学术会议文章。“我们的研究目的不是为了要知道什么是美德,而是要变得善良,否则我们的研究将毫无用处”——亚里士多德

Research interests

Character education character virtues

Measuring virtues and character

Positive education

Moral education


Assistant Professor, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Research Fellow, University of Birmingham


GCR005 Global Citizenship and Research-led Learning: Social Responsibility

Education/Academic qualification

Postdoc (with Distinction), Tsinghua University, China

PhD, University of Gloucestershire, UK

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