Kevin Wong is a Ph.D. candidate in Teaching and Learning at New York University, specializing in literacy and multilingual education. He seeks educational equity for underserved populations, especially as their academic trajectories are negatively affected by language education.
Kevin has always been interested in languages as he was raised trilingual (English, Cantonese, and Mandarin) in a biracial and multicultural home in Hong Kong. Upon graduating from Duke University, Kevin worked as an English language teacher for a local primary school in Hong Kong where he became aware of a number of issues that negatively affected his students' learning. He returned to graduate school to better understand how children could be provided with access to a high quality education.
Kevin is currently involved in a number of research projects that collectively investigate language learning in the Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6 context. These include collaborations on L2 writing assessment, language policies for multilingual education, and early word learning through educational media. His dissertation research examines the potential of educational media to help preschool-aged children learn vocabulary words in a new language and maintain their heritage language. In his three-part dissertation, The Promise of Educational Media for Dual-Language Learners’ L1 and L2 Vocabulary Development, he investigates how screen-based pedagogical supports, instructional contexts for word learning, and the language of instruction on screen might differentially scaffold L1 and L2 word learning in young dual-language learners.
2020 Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development, New York University
Ph.D., Teaching and Learning (defense date: December 4, 2019)
Dr. Susan B. Neuman (chair), New York University
Dr. Carol S. Hammer, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Michael J. Kieffer, New York University
Dr. Yuuko Uchikoshi, University of California, Davis
2015 Teachers College, Columbia University
Ed.M., International and Comparative Education
2011 The Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.A., English Language Teaching
2008 Duke University
B.A., Psychology; Education minor