down arrowMenu

Ping Gao

Associate Professor - Instructional Technology
(319) 273-6832

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606

Areas of Expertise: 

Curriculum development and instructional technology

Courses Taught: 

Educational Technology and Design
Technology in Education
Instructional Development
Designing Instructional Systems

Research Interests: 

Teachers learning, Strengths-based practice, Constructivist learning environment and technology as cognitive tools.

Selected Publications: 

Gao, P., Tan S.C., Wang L.L., Wong, A.F.L. Choy, D. (2011). Self reflection and preservice teachers' technological pedagogical knowledge: Promoting earlier adoption of student-centric pedagogies. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. 27 (6), 997-1013.

Gao, P., Wong, A. F.L., Choy, D., & Wu, J. (2011). Beginning teachers' understanding performances of technology integration. Asia Pacific Journal of Education. 31(2), 211-223.

Chai, C. S., Wong, L. H, Gao, P., & Wang Qiyun. (2011). Towards a new era of knowledge creation: A brief discussion of the epistemology for knowledge creation. International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning.

Wong, L. H. , Gao, P., Chai, C.S., & Chin. C. K. (2011). Where Research, Practice and the Authority Meet: A Collaborative Inquiry for Development of Technology-Enhanced Chinese Language Curricula. The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, 10 (1), 232-243.

Choy, D., Wong, A. F. L., & Gao, P. (2010). Student teachers' intentions and actions in integrating technology into their classrooms during student teaching: A Singapore study. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 42(2), 175-195.

Gao, P., Wong, A.F.L., Choy, D., & Wu, J. (2010). Developing leadership potential for technology integration: Perspectives of three beginning teachers. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(5), 643-658. On-line available:

Wong, L. H., Gao, P., Chin, C. K., & Chai, C. S. (2010). Collaborative inquiry - a win-win strategy for Chinese language teachers' professional development and effective ICT integration into Chinese learning. Journal of Chinese Language Education, 8(1), 70-83.

Gao, P., Choy, D., Wong, A.F.L., & Wu, J. (2009). Developing a better understanding of technology based pedagogy. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(5), 714-730. On-line available:

Gao, P., & Zhang, Y. L. (2009). Moving from TV broadcasting to e-learning: Contributions of distance education to teacher education in China. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 26(2), 98-107.

Scott, R., Bengston, H., & Gao, P. (1998). The Flynn Effect: Does it apply to academic achievement? Mankind Quarterly, 39(1), 109-118.


Principal Investigator: Enhancing Preservice Teachers' Professional Growth Through Reflection, 2008-2011 S$229, 800, National Institute of Education, Singapore

Principal Investigator: First-year Teachers' Perspectives on Using IT for Classroom teaching and learning, 2008 S$49,980, National Institute of Education, Singapore

Co-Principal Investigator: Collaborative Inquiry on IT-mediated Pedagogy for Chinese Composition 2008 S$49,700, National Institute of Education, Singapore

Principal Investigator: An Exploratory Study: Preserves Teachers' Perspectives on Using IT in the Classroom 2007 S$49,134, National Institute of Education, Singapore

Co-Principal Investigator: Primary School Students' Chinese Composition Writing Mediated by IT Tools 2006 S$19,987,
National Institute of Education, Singapore

Professional Affiliations: 

American Educational Research Association
European Educational Research Association
British Educational Research Association
Association of Educational Communication and Technology



Ph.D: Majoring in Teaching and Curriculum with a minor in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation, Syracuse University, Syracuse, 2005

M.A.E.: Educational Technology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1999

M.A.: Educational Psychology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1998

B.A.: English Pedagogy (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China, 1988