Xiao-Lei Wang

Xiao-Lei Wang, PhD
Professor
Phone: (914) 773-3876

Education

  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • MEd, Erikson Institute/Loyola University of Chicago

Courses Taught:

  • Verbal and nonverbal communication (Honors)
  • Intercultural communication (Honors)
  • Interpersonal communication (Honors)
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Theories and research in language and literacy development
  • Understanding young children in the school context
  • Language and meaning and global perspective
  • Language acquisition and second language learning
  • Teacher as Researcher

Research Interests

  • Multilingual acquisition and development
  • Multiliteracy
  • Moral development and education
  • Language acquisition and socialization in multicultural contexts
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Mother-child interaction in different cultural contexts
  • Pretend play
  • Parental distancing behaviors in different cultural contexts
  • Early literacy experiences in American, Chinese, Hutterite, and Native American families
  • Interactive book reading
  • Gender-role socialization in the Hutterite community
  • Exploring the meaning of cultural holidays (e.g., Chinese New Year)
  • Deception
  • Globalization process

Representative Publications

  • Wang, X. -L. (2012). Multilingual family welfare. In T.K. Bhatia and W. C. Ritchie (eds.), The handbook of bilingualism and multilingualism. Malden, MA: The Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Wang, X.L. (2011). Teaching children to read and write in more than one orthography: Tips for parents. Multilingual Living, September 26, 2011 Issue
  • Wang, X. -L. (2011). Learning to read and write in the multilingual family. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters. http://www.multilingual-matters.com
  • Wang, X. -L., Bernas, R. and Eberhard, P. (2011). When a lie is not a lie: Understanding Chinese working-class mothers' moral teaching and moral conduct. Social Development, 68-87.
  • Eberhard, P. & Wang, X. -L. (2010). A middle-voiced understanding of diversity. The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, 10(4), 295-305.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2010). Acquiring Chinese simultaneously with other languages: effective home strategies. In Cai, J., Cen, J., and Wang, C. (eds.), Teaching and learning Chinese: Issues and perspectives (pp. 175-196). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2009). Ensuring sustained trilingual development through motivation. The Bilingual Family Newsletter, 26 (1), 1-7
  • Wang, X. -L. (2009). Making communication the priority of multilingual learning. Multilingual Living Magazine.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2009). Interview with Xiao-lei Wang. Author of Growing up with Three Languages, by Alice Lapuerta. Multilingual Living Magazine, 4 (2), 22-25.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2008). Growing up with three languages: Birth to eleven. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, Ltd. http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?K=9781847691064
  • Wang, X.-L., Bernas, R., & Eberhard, P (2008). Responding to children's everyday transgressions in Chinese working-class families. Journal of Moral Education, 37 (1), 55-79.
  • Wang, X. -L. & Eberhard, P. (2006). Helping second language learners construct meaning through hand gestures. International Journal of Learning
  • Wang, X. -L., Bernas, R. & Eberhard, P (2005). Maternal teaching strategies in four cultural communities. Implications for early childhood teachers. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 3(3), 269-288.
  • Wang, x. -L. (2005). Exploring the meaning of Chinese New Year. Some ideas for teachers. New Bernas, NC: Trafford Publishing Co.
  • Wang, X. -L., Bernas, R & Eberhard, P. (2004). Engaging ADHD children with teachers' hand gestures: A pedagogical possibility for teachers Educational Studies, 30 (3), 217-229
  • Wang, X. -L., Bernas, R., & Eberhard, P. (2002). Variations in maternal support to children's literacy development in Chinese and Native American families. Implications for early childhood educators. International Journal of Early Childhood, 34 (1), 9-23.
  • Wang, X. -L., Bernas, R. & Eberhard, P. (2001). Effects of teachers' verbal and nonverbal scaffolding on everyday classroom performances of children with Down Syndrome. International journal of Early Years Education, Vol. 9 (1), 71-80.
  • Haight, W. L., Wang, X. -L., Fung, H. Williams, K., and Mintz, J. (1999). Universal, developmental, and variable aspects of young children's play: A cross-cultural comparison of pretending at home Child Development, Vo. 70 (6), 1477-1488.
  • Wang, X. -L., Bernas, R. & Eberhard, P. (2001). Children's early literacy environment in Chinese and American Indian Families. Resources in Education.
  • Wang, X. -L., Mylander, C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (1996). A cross-cultural study of mother child interaction. Maximizing educational potential in the context of a handicapped child In Research on Family Resources and needs across the World. Milano, Italy: Lettere Economila Diritto.
  • Wang, X. -L., Mylander, C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (1995). The resilience of language: Mother Child interaction and its effect on the gesture systems of Chinese and American deaf children. Language, Gesture, and Space. Hillsdale, New jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers.
  • Wang, X. -L., Mylander, C. & Goldin-Meadow, S. (1993). Language and Environment. A cross cultural study of the gestural communication system of Chinese and American deaf children. Belgian Journal of Linguistics, 8, 167-185.

Presentations

  • Wang, X. -L. (2012). Teachers' gestures can help children with learning difficulties improve story comprehension and narration. Paper will be presented at the 19th International Conference on Learning. The Institute of Education, University of London, UK, August 14-16.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2012). Teaching Social competence through situational appropriate deception. Practices in Chinese working families. Paper will be presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the Asia Pacific Network for Moral Education, Chung Cheng University, Taiwan, June 15-17.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2011). Revisiting the Chinese concept of guan jiao(管教): Gaining new insights into its moral connotations in parenting. Paper presented at the Joint Conference of the Association for Moral Education, Journal of Moral Education, & the Asia Pacific Network for Moral Education. Nanjing, P. R. of China, October 24-28, 2011.
  • Wang, X. -L. & Kim, M. (Co-Chaired) (2011). Understanding global citizenship, Symposium presented at the Joint Conference of the Association for Moral Education, Journal of Moral Education, & the Asia Pacific Network for Moral Education. Nanjing, P. R. of China, October 24-28, 2011.
  • Higgins-D'lessndro, A. & Wang, X. -L. (2011). Publishing and career development: A workshop for international scholars. A workshop organized for the Joint Conference of the Association for Moral Education, Journal of Moral Education, & the Asia Pacific Network for Moral Education. Nanjing, P. R. of China, October 24-28, 2011.
  • Wang, X. -L. & Eberhard, P. (2011). A middle-voiced approach to diversity in educational settings. Paper presented at the 3rd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society. Paris, France, July 20-23, 2011.
  • Wang, X. -L & Eberhard, P. (2011). Effects of teacher's gestures on reading comprehension and narrations of children with learning difficulties. Paper presented in the 17th European Conference on Reading. Mons, Belgium, July 31-August 3, 2011.
  • Wang, X. -L. & Eberhard, P. (2011). Promoting adolescents' high-level moral understanding through comic books. Paper presented in the 15th European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Bergen, Norway, August 23-27, 2011.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2010). A comparative study of how moral values are conveyed in contemporary Chinese, English, and French children's books. Paper presented at the 5th Conference of Asia Pacific Network for Moral Education, Nagasaki, Japan, June 11-13.
  • Eberhard, P. & Wang, X. -L. (2010). A middle voiced understanding of diversity. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Diversity. Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 19-21.
  • Wang, X. -L. and Eberhard, P. (2009). Using speech-gesture mismatches as clues to facilitate moral reasoning development. Paper presented at the XIV European Conference on Development Psychology. Vilnius, Lithuania, August 20.
  • Wang, X. -L., Delaney, M., & Eberhard, P. (2009). Effects of teachers' scaffolding strategies on children's early literacy development: A comparative study of Chinese and American early literacy programs. Paper presented at the 16th European Conference on Reading. Baraga, Portugal, July 20.
  • Wang, x. -L. (2009). Unpacking the Chinese concept of honesty: A glimpse of maternal socialization practices and their own adherence to the concept in Chinese working-class families. Paper presented in the 2009 Annual meeting of the Association for Moral Education. Utrecht, the Netherlands, July 3.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2009). When a lie is not a lie: Chinese working-class mothers' interpretations of their transgression of honesty. Paper presented at the 4th APNME Annual Conference. Seoul, Korea, May 23.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2008). Socializing a moral child in the everyday context: Mother-child interaction in Chinese working-class families. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Association for Moral Education. University of Notre Dame, Indiana. November 13, 2008.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2008). Understanding child and adolescent cognitive and emotional development through hand gestures: A new direction for research and classroom practice. Keynote speech invited by Shanghai Normal University, April 25, 2008.
  • Wang, X. -L (2008). Mothers' and grandmothers' early literacy socialization strategies in Chinese working-class families. Implication for educators. paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Learning from June 3-6 in Chicago.
  • Wang, X. -L. & Eberhard, P. (2008). Using mismatched hand gestures as indexes to promote moral development. Paper presented at the 2008 APNME Conference from April 18-21in Beijing in China.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2008). Acquiring Chinese, English, and French as first languages. Paper presented at the 2008 CAERDA International Conference on March 24 in New York.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2007). The effect of teachers' international hand gestures on young children's story narration and comprehensions. Paper presented at the European Conference on Developmental Psychology. August 22, 2007, Jena, Germany.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2007). Using others as references to socialize young children's emergent literacy skills. A study of Chinese working class mothers. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. April 30. 2007, Boston.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2005). The benefits of hand gestures in the interactive book reading. An alternative pedagogical consideration in early childhood education settings. paper accepted to present at the 2005 National Association for the Education of Young Children, December, 5. Washington, D.C.
  • Wang, X. -L. & Eberhard, P. (2005). Helping Second language learner construct meaning through hand gestures. paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Learning, July 11, 2005. Granada Spain.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2005). Cultural differences in Chinese and American childrens' emotional expressions. Paper presented at the 2005 Conference of the International Society for Research on Emotions. July 16. Bari, Italy.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2005). Responding to children's everyday moral transgressions in Chinese working-class families. Paper presented at the 2005 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, April 9. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Wang, X. -L. & Eberhard, P. (2004). A middle-voiced account of gender-role development: Examples from Hutterite Children. Paper presented at the 18th Bienial Conference on Human Development, April 23, Washington, D.C.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2004). The everyday teaching strategies in four cultural communities: Implications for teachers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 15, San Diego.
  • Wang, x. -L. & Eberhard, P (2003). Variations of maternal everyday scaffolding styles in Chinese and Native American Families. Paper presented at the XI the European Conference on Developmental Psychology, August 31, Milan, Italy.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2003). Effects of teachers' speech and hand gestures on autistic children's task responses. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 21, Chicago.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2003). The similarities and differences of spontaneous gesture production of slighted and congenitally blind adolescents. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, April 24, Tampa, FL.
  • Keyes, C. Wang, X. -L., & Williams, K. C. (2001). The challenges of gaining entry in developing partnerships for professional development- entering teacher' world and overcome obstacles. Paper presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Anaheim, CA. November 3, 2001.
  • Wang, X. -L. & Bernas, R. & Eberhard, P. (2001). Using the spontaneous gesture as a window to understand the current and potential knowledge of children with limited English Proficiency. Paper presented at the Xth European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. August 22-26, 2001.
  • Keyes, C., Wang, X. -L. & Bridge, H. (2001). Parent-teacher partnerships. A theoretical approach and practical guidance for teachers. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators, February 19, New Orleans.
  • Wang, X. -L. (2001). Earlier literacy experiences of children in Chinese and Native American Families. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, April 20, Minneapolis.