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Professor, and Doctoral Supervisor

Liaoning Normal University, School of Psychology

Liu Wen is a professor and doctoral supervisor at the School of Psychology, Liaoning Normal University, and the director of the Institute of Early Childhood Psychological Development and Education. Director of Infant Mental Health Education Development Center. Psychologist recognized by the Chinese Psychological Association, member of the OMEP China Committee of the World Preschool Education Association. Chinese expert of UNICEF IECD project, director of Chinese Psychological Association, director of Chinese Social Psychology Association, member of Higher School Psychology Teaching Steering Committee of Ministry of Education, executive director of School Psychology Branch of Chinese Educational Society,

Montessori education certification of Chinese Educational Society Member of the Expert Committee and Member of the Steering Committee. The first batch of specially-appointed professors in Liaoning Province, hundreds of thousands of talents, and the chairman of the Liaoning Province Psychology Teaching Steering Committee. Chief expert of major national social science projects, chief expert of "Poverty Alleviation, Sending Education to the Countryside" Project in Northwest Liaoning. Won the second prize of National Teaching Achievement Award, and was named one of the "100 Charity Figures in Family Education in China" and "The Twelfth Famous Undergraduate Teaching Teacher in Common Institutions of Higher Education in Liaoning Province".

Liu Wen went to the United States to study Montessori education and obtained relevant teacher qualification certificates. He has conducted study visits and cooperative researches in the United States, Australia, Britain, France, Germany and other countries. More than 40 monographs have been published including "Lifelong Developmental Psychology", "Child and Adolescent Temperament and Intervention", "Frontiers in Child and Adolescent Psychology", "Scientific Montessori Education", "Learning to Be a Happy Preschool Teacher with Montessori", etc. Teaching materials. Nearly 100 published papers have been included in SCI, SSCI and CSSCI.

The main research areas are: the development and promotion of temperament and personality of children and adolescents, early development and education of infants and young children, electronic media and child development, psychological development and education of disadvantaged children, and the theory and practice of Sinicization of Montessori education.

Effects of Montessori Methods on Chinese Preschool Children’s Executive Functions - A four years longitudinal study 

Abstraction: Executive functions are critical for school and job success and for mental and physical health. Executive functions can be improved. Although the fact that Montessori education has positive effects on executive functions of preschool children has been verified in many western countries, research on effects of Montessori education in China is scarce. To test whether preschool children in Montessori education have better executive functions, we compared executive functions of children from Montessori classes and conventional activities. Accelerated tracking design was used, and we followed these children from 3~8 years old in 4 years. Executive functions were examined once a year. The results showed that children’s execute function had increased significantly through these years, but the rate of development slows with age. Executive functions of children from Montessori classes experienced more rapid development when children were 7 years old. 

Key words: Montessori education; executive functions; preschool children

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