Yan Huang is currently a Doctoral Researcher from the School of Design and Creative Arts at Loughborough University, she is interested in designing for child development, emotional design, and playful design. Her PhD research direction is to enhance the emotional intelligence of children aged 7 to 9 years old through educational toolkit design. Before starting her PhD journey, she has two years of work experience as a child product designer and one year of work experience as a child educator.
Title of thesis: Enhancement of emotional intelligence of children aged 7 to 9 years old through educational toolkit design
Emotional intelligence is a persons ability to recognise emotions, use emotions effectively, distinguish different emotional information, and regulate emotions for psychological and emotional development. Child emotional intelligence is much more critical to their development than intelligence quotient. Based on the author's experience in industrial design and tacit knowledge, there is an opportunity to use principles and theories associated with the design to enhance child emotional intelligence education, within the context of responsible design.