University at Buffalo

X. Christine Wang

X. Christine Wang

Director, Fisher-Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center

Associate Professor 10 Months

LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION


Specialty/Research Focus

Curriculum and Instruction; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Diversity; Digital Innovations; Digital Media and Learning; Child and Adolescent Development; Cognition; Curriculum and Instruction; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Design Experiments; International Education; Literacy; Ethnography; Immigrant Issues; Learning Communities; Science Education; Multimodality, Embodiment, and Digital Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods

Contact Information
505 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4056
wangxc@buffalo.edu


Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003)
  • MEd, Beijing Normal University, China (1995)
  • BA, Beijing Normal University, China (1992)
Awards and Honors:
  • Faculty STAR (Service, Teaching, Advisement & Research)- Service Award; GSE, UB; 2017-05-17;
  • Young Scholar Paper Award, “An Ethnographic Case Study of a Bilingual Child’s Ethnic Identity Construction.” (Co-authored with Hyonsuk Cho (my former doctoral student and GA).; Korean-American Educational Researcher Association (KAERA); 2017-04-27;
Grants:
Grant:
  • Fostering Intellectual Virtue through the Guided Exploration of Contested Areas of Learning in the Classroom; Foundation and Research Organization; UB Humanities Institute Seed Grant; Awarded; (08/28/2018-05/15/2019)
  • Dual Language Learners’ Social-Emotional Language Socialization; Local; University of North Dakota, New Faculty Scholar Award; Awarded; (05/01/2017-04/30/2018)
  • MuMoREADY: Supporting MultiModal Text READing with Adaptive Diagnosis and Scaffolding for Young Children; Local; SUNY-Buffalo Civic Engagement Fellowship for Grant Development; Awarded; (08/01/2015-07/31/2016)
  • MuMoREADY: Supporting MultiModal Text READing with Adaptive Diagnosis and Scaffolding for Young Children; Local; GSE MEGAS Seed Grant, UB; Awarded; (08/01/2015-07/31/2016)
  • ToM and Young Children’s Science Inquiry; Federal; NSF Funded National Living Lab Initiatives; Awarded; (11/01/2014-05/31/2015)
Contract:
  • Better Start and Brighter Future: Kindergarten Transition in Buffalo Public Schools; Local; Say Yes to Education Buffalo; Awarded; (05/01/2015-08/31/2016)
Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Andrews, K., & Wang, X. C. (2017). Young children's emergent science competencies in everyday family contexts: A case study. Early Child Development and Care. DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2017.1379516
  • Christ, T., Wang, X.C., & Chiu, M.M. (2017). Exploring factors related to young children’s word-meaning derivations during read-alouds. Reading Psychology, 38(1), 1-38
  • Wang, Z., Wang, X. C., & Chui, F. W. Y. (2017). Young children’s understanding of teaching and learning and their theory of mind development: A causal analysis from a cross-cultural perspective. Front. Psychol. 8:725. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00725
  • Szente, J., Wang, X. C., Thirumurthy, V., Mebratu, B., & Bakuza, F. R. (2015). Overview of early childhood education in China, India, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. International Journal of Early Childhood Education and Care, 4, 1-28. Chris, T., Wang, X. C., & Chiu, M. M. (2015). Emergent readers’ social interaction styles and their comprehension processes during buddy reading, Literacy Research and Instruction, 54(1), 45-66.
  • Wang, X. C., Christ, T., & Chiu, M. M. (2014). Exploring a comprehensive model for early childhood vocabulary instruction: A design experiment. Early Child Development and Care, 184(7), 1075-1106.
Book Chapter:
  • Li. H., & Wang, X. C. (2017). International perspectives on early childhood education in the Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. In N. Rao, J. Zhou, & J. Sun (Eds.). Early Childhood Education in Chinese Societies (pp. 235-250). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Christ, T., & Wang, X. C. (2015). Young children reading iPad app books together: Reading approaches, meaning making, and changes over time. In Lindwall, O., Häkkinen, P., Koschman, T. Tchounikine, P. & Ludvigsen, S. (Eds.) (2015). Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015, Volume 1 (pp. 799-800). Gothenburg, Sweden: The International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Other:
  • Christ, T., & Wang, X. C. (2015). Young children reading iPad app books together: Reading approaches, meaning making, and changes over time. In Lindwall, O., Häkkinen, P., Koschman, T. Tchounikine, P. & Ludvigsen, S. (Eds.) (2015). Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015, Volume 1 (pp. 799-800). Gothenburg, Sweden: The International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Presentations:
  • Conferences:
    • Cho, H., Wang, X. C., & Christ, T., (2018, April). Social-emotional learning of refugee English language learners in early elementary grades: Teachers’ perspectives. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.;
    • Christ, T., & Wang, X. C. (2017, September). Kindergarteners' reading behaviors with multimodal digital texts and comprehension outcomes. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Tampere, Finland.;
    • Christ, T., Wang, X. C., & Chiu, M. M. (2018, April). An exploratory study of app books’ affordances, reader processing and outcomes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.;
    • Strekalova-Hughes, E., Wang, X. C., & Lewman, K. (2018, April). Representation of refugee children in picture books: A qualitative content analysis. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.;
    • Wang, X. C. (2017, September). “Sometimes the Internet doesn't know everything”: Children’s epistemic reasoning in science inquiry. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Tampere, Finland.;
    • Wang, X. C., & Strekalova-Hughes, E. (2017, September). Agency and voices of parents: Refugee families’ storytelling with young children. Paper presented at the annual meeting of European Early Childhood Educational Research Association, Bologna, Italy.;
    • Wang, X. C., Christ, T., & Chiu, M. M. (2018, April). Exploring the Relationship between Kindergarteners’ Buddy Reading and Individual Comprehension of Digital Multimodal Text. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.;
    • Cho, H., & Wang, X. C. (2017, April). An ethnographic case study of a bilingual child’s ethnic identity construction. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Korean-American Educational Researcher Association, San Antonio, TX.;
    • O’Connell, K., & Wang, X. C. (2017, April). A guided-exploration approach: A case study of a visual art teacher’s experience with preschoolers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.;
    • Strekalova-Hughes, E. & Wang, X. C. (2017, April). Image of refugees in children’s literature: A content analysis. Paper presented at tge annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.;
    • Wang, X. C., & Strekalova-Hughes, E. (2017, April). “I don’t want sad stories!”: Refugee families’ storytelling with young children. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.;
    • Wang, X. C., Lin, B., Andrews, K., & Aoki, C. (2016, April). Exploring the relationship between young children’s theory of mind and their science inquiry. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC. Wang, X. C., & Christ, T. (2016, April). Young children's collaborative multimodal story-(re)telling on iPads. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC. Christ, T., & Wang, X. C. (2016, April). Kindergartener’s reading with multimodal digital texts: An analysis of patterns and texts affordances. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC. Andrews, K., & Wang, X. C. (2016, April). Young children's emergent science understanding in everyday family contexts: A case study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC. Strekalova-Hughes, E., & Wang, X. C. (2016, April). Storytelling in refugee families: Children's perception of (dis)connected home and school cultures. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC. Wang, X. C. (2016, January). Explore young children’s engagement with multimodal text. Invited presentation at Shangdong Yingcai University, Jinan, China. Wang, X. C. (2016, January). Studying young children’s learning and development: Empirical research basics. Invited presentation at Shangdong Yingcai University, Jinan, China. Wang, X. C., & Christ, T. (2015, September). Reading through play: Kindergarteners’ buddy reading on iPads. Paper presented at the annual meeting of European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Barcelona, Spain. Christ, T., & Wang, X. C. (2015, September). Buddy reading multimodal ipad App books. Paper presented at the annual meeting of European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Barcelona, Spain. Christ, T., & Wang, X. C. (2015, July). Young children reading iPad app books together: Reading approaches, meaning making, and changes over time. Paper presented at the Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden. Christ, T., & Wang, X. C (2015, July). How emergent readers explore and develop skills and strategies for reading digital texts. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of International Reading Association, St. Louis, MO.;
    • Christ, T., & Wang, X. C. (2015, April). Reading and meaning-construction approaches: Kindergartners’ Buddy Reading with ipad App Books. Paper presented at annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.;
    • Wang, X. C. & Strekalova-Hughes, E. (2015, April). Exploring family storytelling with young children in refugee communities. Paper presented at annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.;
    • Wang, X. C., & Christ, T. (2015, April). Hands-on and minds-on play: Kindergarteners’ buddy reading on iPads. Paper presented at annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.;
    Invited Lectures:
    • Wang, X. C. (2017, October). Young children’s engagement with multimodal text. Invited presentation at Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang, China.;
    • Wang, X. C. (2017, October). Young children’s epistemic reasoning in classroom-based scientific inquiry projects. Keynote presentation at the Conference on Early Childhood Education in the Era of Scientific and Technological Innovation: STEM in Early Childhood Education (hosted by Chinese Society of Education), Shanghai, China.;
    • Wang, X. C. (2017, October). Young children’s story-(re)telling with peers on iPad. Keynote presentation at the Conference on Early Childhood Education in the Era of Scientific and Technological Innovation: STEM in Early Childhood Education (hosted by Chinese Society of Education), Shanghai, China.;
    • Wang, X. C. (2016, June). Multimodal text and young children’s multimodal learning. Keynote presentation at the Conference on Improving Quality of Research on Early Childhood Research (hosted by Studies in Early Childhood Education for its 30th-anniversary celebration), Changsha, China.;
    • Wang, X. C. (2016, June). Young children’s story-retelling with multimodal text. Invited presentation at Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.;
    • Strekalova-Hughes, E., & Wang, X. C. (2015, April). Power of words: Exploring storytelling practices of refugee families. Invited presentation at annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.;
    Activities:
    Editorial and Review:
    • (1)Editor in Chief: Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2017-Present (2)Associate Editor: Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2016-Present (4)Editorial Review Board: Early Childhood Research and Practice, 2004-Present (5)Editorial Review Board: Childhood Education, 2004-Present
      06/01/2017-05/31/2018
    • (1)Editor in Chief: Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2017-Present (2)Associate Editor: Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2016-Present (3)Associate Editor: Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2014-2016 (4)Editorial Review Board: Early Childhood Research and Practice, 2004-Present (5)Editorial Review Board: Childhood Education, 2004-Present
      06/01/2016-05/31/2017
    • Associate Editor for "Journal of Research in Childhood Education"
      06/01/2015-05/31/2016
    • Associate Editor for "Journal of Research in Childhood Education"
      06/01/2014-05/31/2015
    Professional Service:
    • (1)Executive Board, AERA-Early Education/Child Development SIG, Fall 2010-Present (2)Advisory Board, Technology and Young Children Interest Forum, NAEYC, 2001-Present
      06/01/2017-05/31/2018
    • (1)Executive Board, AERA-Early Education/Child Development SIG, Fall 2010-Present (2)Advisory Board, Technology and Young Children Interest Forum, NAEYC, 2001-Present (3)AERA EE/CD SIG Conference Program Co-Chair: 2016, 2017
      06/01/2016-05/31/2017
    • Executive Board, AERA-Early Education/Child Development SIG, Fall 2010-Present
      09/01/2015-09/01/2015
    • Executive Committee, AERA Division C–Learning and Instruction, Aug 2012-June 2014
      09/01/2015-09/01/2015
    • Advisory Board, Technology and Young Children Interest Forum, NAEYC, 2001-Present
      09/01/2015-09/01/2015
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      Contact Information

      505 Baldy Hall
      North Campus
      Phone: (716) 645-4056
      wangxc@buffalo.edu