X. Christine Wang

Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Fisher-Price Early Childhood Research Center

Learning and Instruction

 527 Baldy Hall
 (716) 645-4056
  (716) 645-3161
 wangxc@buffalo.edu


Technology and Early Learning & Development
Digital Literacies and Science Inquiry
Early Education in International Contexts
Child Development and Learning
ICT in Early Education
Methods of Child Study
Qualitative Research Methods in Education

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
    Dissertation: Third Space: Sharing a Computer in a First-Grade Classroom
    Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association- EE/CD SIG
  • M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, Beijing Normal University, China, 1995
  • B.A., Early Childhood Education, Beijing Normal University, China, 1992

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Learning and Instruction, SUNY at Buffalo, 2009-Present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Learning and Instruction, SUNY at Buffalo, 2003-2009
  • Project 985 Professor, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, China, 2013-2016

Research Interests

  • Technology and Early Learning & Development
  • Young Children's Digital Literacies and Science Inquiry
  • Early Education in Historical and International Contexts

Wang's Curriculum Vitae

X. Christine Wang’s primary research interests include young children's learning and collaboration in technology-rich environments, science inquiry and young children’s epistemic reasoning, early literacy and design experiment, and early childhood education in international contexts. With solid training in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, she applies mixed method design in her projects.

Dr. Wang has published 25 peer-reviewed research journal articles and 6 book chapters. Currently, she is working on two book projects with Teachers College Press and Routledge respectively. She has conducted over 50 national and international conference presentation and been invited for 16 international presentations. Her work has appeared in top research journals in her areas such as Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Early Education and Development, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Journal of Research on Technology in Education, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Reading Psychology, Literacy Research and Instruction, Journal of Research on Technology in Education. Her work also earned the honor of AERA 2007 “Jan Hawkins Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies Award.”

Dr. Wang has secured over US$115,000 internal and external research grants for her projects. Her on-going research projects include: Young Children’s Engagement with Multimodal Text (Funded by Spencer Foundation); iLearning3: Technology Enhanced Early Science and Literacy for Diverse Learners (funded by SUNY–CEEP); and Power of Words: Exploring Storytelling Practices of Refugee Families (Funded by AERA’s ERSP Initiatives).

Dr. Wang is actively involved in professional organizations such as AERA-EE/CD SIG, NAYEC, ACEI, and PECERA. She has been the Associate Editor of Early Education and Development since 2007, and been on the editorial boards of Early Childhood Development and Care, Early Childhood Research and Practice, and Childhood Education. She is currently severing on the Executive Committee of Division C and EE/CD SIG of AERA, and has served on the judge panel for the Digital Media and Learning Competition co-sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and HASTAC since 2007.

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Selected Grants

  • Exploring Young Children’s Engagement with Multimodal Text
    Spencer Foundation
    PI, Funded: $40,000 (2013-2014)
  • Exploring the Relationship between Theory of Mind and Practical Epistemology in Young
    Children's Science Inquiry
    Spencer Foundation
    PI, Funded: $40,000 (2009-2010)
  • Emergent Reading of Digital Texts
    International Reading Association Elva Knight Research Grant
    Co-PI, Funded: $8,000 (2013-2014)
  • Power of Words: Exploring Storytelling Practices of Refugee Families
    AERA Education Research Service Projects (ESRP) Program
    Co-PI, Funded: $5,000 (2013-2014)
  • iLearning3: Technology Enhanced Early Science and Literacy for Diverse Learners
    SUNY Civic Engagement Research Fellowship
    PI, Funded: $3,500 (2012-2013)
  • Transforming SimpleCommenter into a Power Video Analysis Tool for Research and Teaching
    SUNY-Buffalo Educational Technology Grant
    Co-PI, Funded: $10,000 (2006)

Selected Publications

Christ, T., & Wang, X. C. (2012) Young children's opportunities to use and learn theme-related vocabulary through buddy "reading." Literacy Research and Instruction, 51(4), 273-291.

Chris, T., Wang, X. C., & Chiu, M. M. (2011). Using story dictation to support young
children's vocabulary development: Outcomes and process. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 26(1), 30-41.

Wang, X. C., Jaruszewicz, C., Rosen, D., Berson, I., Bailey, M., Hartle, L., Griebling, S.,
Buckleitner, W., Blagojevic, B., Robinson, L. (2008). Meaningful technology integration
in early learning environments. Young Children, 63(5), 48-50.

Ching, C. C., Wang, X. C., Shih, M. & Kedem, Y. (2006). Digital photograph and journals in a
K/1 classroom: Toward effective and meaningful technology integration in early childhood education. Early Education and Development, 17(3), 347-371.

Wang, X. C., Kedem, Y., & Hertzog, N. (2004). Scaffolding young children’s reflections with
student-created PowerPoint presentations. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 19(2), 159-174.

Wang, X. C. & Ching, C. C. (2003). Social construction of computer experience in a first-grade
classroom: Social processes and mediating artifacts. Early Education and Development, 14(3), 335-361.

Wang, X. C., Hinn, D. M., & Kanfer, A. (2001). Potential of computer-supported collaborative
learning for learners with different learning styles. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 34(1), 75-85.

Invited International Presentations (Selected)

Wang, X. C. (2012, July). Exploring a comprehensive model for early childhood vocabulary
instruction: A design experiment.
Invited presentation at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Wang, X. C. (2011, March). Young children’s epistemic reasoning and computer supported collaborative science inquiry. Invited presentation at the workshop “Early Years and Technology” at Alpine Rendez-Vous, sponsored by European Union- STELLAR
Alliance, La Clauza, France

Wang, X. C (2011, March). Exploring the relationship between theory of mind and practical Epistemology in young children's science inquiry. Invited presentation at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

Wang, X. C. (2010, July). Google it: Young children’s epistemic reasoning in science inquiry. Invited presentation at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

Wang, X. C. (2007, July). Young children's epistemology and inquiry-based science curriculum. Invited presentation at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China.

National and International Conferences (Selected)

Christ, T., Wang, X. C., Chiu, M. M. (2011, December). The relation between vocabulary and comprehension in emergent readers’ buddy “reading.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Wang, X. C., & Chiu, M. (2011, April). Exploring young children’s epistemic reasoning in
science inquiry.
Presented at Annual meeting of American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Wang, X. C. & Christ, T. (2011, April). Fostering a community of practice to support head
start teachers' vocabulary instruction.
Presented at Annual meeting of American
Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Wang, X. C., Chiu, M. M., & Ching, C. C. (2010, July). Statistical discourse analysis of young children's peer tutoring at computers. Paper presented at the International Conference of Learning Sciences, Chicago, IL.

Wang, X. C., Chiu, M. M., & Ching, C. C. (2010, April). Deciphering participation: statistical
discourse analysis of young children's peer tutoring at computers.
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Wang, X. C., & Christ, T. (2009, April). Budding buddy “reading”: A case study of a Head Start class. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Wang, X. C. (2008, July). Beyond fun: Social construction of games of the moment in a first-grade classroom. Paper presented at Games, Learning and Society Conference '08,
Madison, WI.

Wang, X. C. (2007, April). Fostering narrative sensibility in young children through digital
photo journals.
Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Wang, X. C. (2007, April) Negotiating a community of game playing: Young children’s
collaboration at a computer in a first-grade classroom.
Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.