Yoon Young has been involved in a variety of academic and professional projects related to teacher education.
She used to be a social studies teacher and subsequently worked as a consultant specialised in education policy. She conducted projects in different parts of the world, including Finland, Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Through these works, she explored multiple layers of teacher education ranging from individual level to international level.
Yoon Young is currently a member of the Teacher Education and Professional Learning (TEPL) research group at Oxford. Her doctoral research focuses on teacher education policy and practice in England. Her dissertation examines the interaction between the existing goals of the Oxford Internship Scheme (OIS) and policy changes in reshaping the current programme. It explores the extent of consensus and tensions between stakeholders as well as their perceptions regarding ideal goals and standards that could drive a re-conceptualised teacher education programme.
Prior to her doctorate, she was a consultant for the OECD’s Initial Teacher Preparation (ITP) Study. The study identified common challenges, strengths, and innovation in ITP through review visits in Australia, Netherlands, Norway, Japan, Korea, the United States and Wales with extensive literature reviews. She met a number of stakeholders in the field including new teachers, student teachers, school principals, teacher educators, and policymakers through the project, and analysed international trends in initial teacher preparation policy and practice with her team.
Yoon Young was selected as a grantee of the Korean Government Scholarship for Study Overseas in 2012. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Her thesis on “Pedagogical Leadership to Support New Teachers’ Growth” investigated the characteristics of school leadership and strategies to support new teachers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies and Geography Education from the Ewha Womans University.