Research Experience

Principal Researcher                                                                                                                                                              01/2011 – present
Distributed Language Learning in 3D Virtual Environments
  • Investigated (1) how languaging took place when Chinese learners were doing quests in a 3D virtual environment, and (2) how transformative play can inform the design of language learning environment both in virtual and classroom settings, adopting the distributed, ecological and dialogical language learning theories and the methodology of multimodal analysis.

 

Principal Researcher                                                                                                                                                              10/2010 – 04/2011
Participatory Research of Bilingual and Biliterate Practice for Immigrant Students
  • Examined how biliterate practices may contribute to immigrant students’ identity development and enculturation into the host society, and further revealed the conflict between the monolingual institutional environment and immigrant students’ language and identity development, through a participatory action study in a local school at Hawaiʻi.

 

Research Assistant                                                                                                                                                                09/2009 – 09/2010
Quest Atlantis Project
  • Transcribed and analyzed video and audio data using Transana, a multi-transcript software program.
  • Co-wrote the paper entitled Distributed Agency in the Eco-systems of Classroom and Virtual Environment with Dr. Dongping Zheng.

 

Group Leader                                                                                                                                                                          07/2008-08/2008
Project of Chinese Heritage Education in Davis, California
  • Investigated the status of Chinese heritage education in Davis, California. Created a model of the interactions among Chinese-American students, their parents and their Chinese schools, based on semi-structured interviews, surveys and materials from local Chinese schools.
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