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Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Bilingual/Bicultural Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

About the Program > Faculty Research

Faculty Research

  • Professor Carmen Martinez-Roldan (PhD)

    Approaching literacy and learning as socially and culturally mediated, Dr. Martínez-Roldán's research focuses on bilingual children's literate thinking-'"how children construct meanings from texts in English and Spanish and the contexts that mediate their interpretive processes.

    Current projects:
    • Immigrant Children's Responses to Wordless Texts: This study is part of the international project "Visual Journeys: Understanding Immigrant Children's Responses to the Visual Image in Contemporary Picturebooks."
    • Literature Discussions as Expansive Literacy Learning for Bilingual Children. This study examines bilingual and immigrant children's learning in two contexts:
    • As they participate in polticas literarias or literature discussions.
    • As they participate in an after school program that provided a digital mediated environment, in which the children used online games and produced multimodal texts.
  • Professor Patricia Martinez-Alvarez (PhD)

    Dr. Martínez-Álvarez's areas of interest include bilingualism, special education and the STEM disciplines. Specifically, her research aims at identifying the contextual and child-level factors that promote language and literacy development such that having two languages is indeed an asset. She is interested in finding out the effect of combining verbal and non-verbal information on dual language learner's scientific conceptual knowledge and reading comprehension, and accessing and making sense of science using language. Another area she is interested in exploring is the co-construction of knowledge and how it helps bridge everyday language to scientific discourse.

    Current projects:

    Dr. Martínez-Álvarez's is currently involved in two research projects in NYCPS. Both projects involve the use of instructional technology to help students use their cultural tools and bring their home and communities into the classroom. As part of the project, Dr. Martínez-Álvarez's explores teachers' dispositions toward teaching minoritized learners as they learn about students' funds of knowledge and lives outside of school.

  • Dr. Sharon Chang (PhD)

    Dr. Chang is a Lecturer and Student Teaching Coordinator in the Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program. She is from Taiwan, and received her doctorate from the University of Washington. As a first generation college student, Dr. Chang's professional training in Multicultural/ Multilingual Education has urged her to be a cultural broker and an advocate for minority and underrepresented students, making learning Mandarin more equitable for everyone.

    Much of her research is tied to exploring the sociocultural perspectives of language acquisition (in and out of school contexts)-'"how cultural practice, gender stereotype, social class, ethnic heritage, and racialization interact with learning and shape students' identity development and influence formal pedagogy. Dr. Chang's academic interests are Chinese languages and linguistic diversity, and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.

  • Dr. Ya-ning Hsu (EdD)

    Dr. Hsu's research interests include reading, academic language, non-fiction/content-area literacy, dual-language, collaborative/interactive classroom, bilingualism, and multilingualism.  She is currently involved in the federally-funded PSILLT Project (Pedagogy of Social Imagination,and Language Learning/Teaching) and is conducting research on dual language programs and literacy curriculum supporting children.  Dr. Hsu collaborates with the New York City Department of Education on curriculum and program development for schools in New York City.  In addition to being an active member in the community, Dr. Hsu presents in regional, national and international conferences regularly.