University at Buffalo

X. Christine Wang

X. Christine Wang

Director, Fisher-Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center

Professor

LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION


Specialty/Research Focus

Curriculum and Instruction; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Child and Adolescent Development; Cognition; Digital Innovations; Digital Media and Learning; Diversity; Curriculum and Instruction; Design Experiments; International Education; Literacy; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Immigrant Issues; Ethnography; Science Education; Learning Communities; 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
  • MEd, Beijing Normal University, China
  • BA, Beijing Normal University, China
Awards and Honors:
  • Faculty in Residence Fellow; UB GSE Faculty in Residence Fellowship; 2019-12-01;
  • Nominated for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award, UB, 2018-2019; Graduate School, UB; 2018-10-22;
  • 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;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Cho, H. & Wang, X. C. (2020). Fluid identity play: A case study of a bilingual child’s ethnic identity construction across multiple contexts. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 18(2), 200-213. DOI: 10.1177/1476718X19898746
  • Christ, T., Wang, X. C., Chiu, M. M. & Cho, H. (2019). Kindergartener’s meaning-making with multimodal app books: The relations amongst reader characteristics, app book characteristics, and comprehension outcomes. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 47 (2), 357-372. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2019.01.003
  • Strekalova-Hughes, E. & Wang, X. C. (2019). Perspectives of Children from Refugee Backgrounds on Their Family Storytelling as a Culturally Sustaining Practice. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 33(1): 6-21. DOI: 10.1080/02568543.2018.1531452
  • Wang, X. C., Benson, K., Eggleston, C., & Lin B. (2019). A guided-exploration based visual arts program in early childhood education. Young Children, 74(1),72-80.
  • Wang, X. C., Strekalova-Hughes, E., & Cho., H. (2019). Going beyond a single story: Experience and education of refugee children at home, school, and community. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 33(1): 1-5. DOI: 10.1080/02568543.2018.1531670
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Wang, X. C. (2019, October). Fostering young children’s computational thinking: A systematic review. Invited presentation at Early Childhood Educational Research Workshop, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou, China.;
  • Wang, X. C., & Choi, Y., (2019, October). Teachers’ scaffolding of preschoolers’ computational thinking. Invited presentation at Improving Scientific Literacy Forum, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.;
Conferences:
  • Wang, X. C. (2020, June). “Sometimes the Internet doesn’t know everything”: Exploring young children’s epistemic reasoning in their inquiry practice. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Nashville, TN. (Virtual);
  • *Wang, X. C., Choi, Y., Benson, K., Eggleston, C., & Weber, D. (2020, April). Teachers’ role in fostering preschoolers’ computational thinking. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA (Cancelled).;
  • Benson, K., & Wang, X. C. (2019, November). Working toward a guided-exploration approach: Design-based research of a visual arts program in a preschool classroom. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education for Young Children, Nashville, TN.;
Recent Grants:
Grant:
  • MuMoExplore: Exploring Critical Pedagogy of Place and Multimodal Digital Technology to Engage Young Children’s Science and Literacy Learning; Local; GSE MEGAS Grant; Awarded; (01/01/2019-12/31/2019)
  • 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)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • (1)Editor in Chief: Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2017-2019 (2)Associate Editor: Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2016-Present (3)Editorial Review Board: Early Child Development and Care, 2009-Present
    06/01/2018-08/31/2021
  • (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
Professional Service:
  • Executive Board, AERA-Early Education/Child Development SIG, Fall 2010-Present
    06/01/2018-05/31/2019
  • (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
  • Advisory Board, Technology and Young Children Interest Forum, NAEYC, 2001-Present
    09/01/2015-09/01/2015
Recent Editorships:
Editorship:
  • Editor; Journal of Research in Childhood Education
    01/01/2017-12/31/2019
  • Associate Editor; Early Childhood Research Quarterly
    08/01/2016-07/31/2022

Contact Information

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