Soon Young Jang
Dr. Soon Young Jang
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow
InterestsI am currently a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Education at Thompson Rivers University, working as the project manager for the Peer-Mentoring Project for Early Childhood Educators in British Columbia. My areas of interest include children's bilingualism and biliteracy, heritage language learning, translanguaging, language policy and practice, and ECE peer mentorship through communities of practice.
Research InterestsBilingualism and Biliteracy, Multilingualism, Translanguaging
Community-Based Language and Literacy Learning, Family Literacy
Language Policy and Practice
Children's Multimodal Meaning-Making Through Play
SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation (KCSF), $2,500 (2019)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), $10,000 (2018)
Research Fellowship / Graduate Assistantship, $105,181 (2014 to 2018)
OISE Graduate Students Conference Travel Grant $1,150 (2017 to 2018)
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Conference Funding, $1,035 (2017 to 2018)
School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Conference Grant, $1,000 (2018)
EducationPh.D., Language & Literacies Education, Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning / Comparative, International & Development Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto (2019)
Thesis Title: "Bilingualism of Korean-Canadian Children: A Multigenerational Ethnic Church in the Greater Toronto Area"
M.Ed., Thompson Rivers University (2013)
Thesis Title: "The Immigrant Perspectives and Experiences of Korean Mothers in Early Childhood Education Programs in Vancouver, BC"
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate, Thompson Rivers University (2010)
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Diploma, Thompson Rivers University (2005)
B.A., Korea University (1994)
PublicationsJournal Articles: Peer-Reviewed
Peterson, S. S., Jang, S. Y., & Tjandra, C. (2019). Young children as playwrights and their participation in the classroom peer culture in sociodramatic play, Journal of Early Childhood Research. doi:10.1177/1476718X19888721
Jang, S. Y. (2019). The pluralist language ideology of Korean immigrant mothers and the English-only principle in early childhood education programs, Language and Education. doi:10.1080/09500782.2019.1682598
Peterson, S. S., Jang, S. Y., Styres, S., San Miguel, J., & Madsen, A. (2018). Infusing Indigenous knowledge and epistemologies: Learning from teachers in northern Aboriginal Head Start classrooms, McGill Journal of Education, 53(1), 26-46.
Tamtik, M., & Jang, S. Y. (2018). Administering higher education policies in the Baltic states: Balancing the language demands in multilingual society, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 39(9), 803-817. doi:10.1080/01434632.2018.1439949
Peterson, S. S., Madsen, A., San Miguel, J., & Jang, S. Y. (2016). Children's rough and tumble play: Perspectives of teachers in northern Canadian Indigenous communities. Early Years, 38(1), 53-67. doi:10.1080/09575146.2016.1219844
Jang, S. Y. (2020). Fieldnotes as an imbricated space of observations, interpretations, analysis, and reflexivity. In C. Burkholder & J. Thompson (Eds.), Using fieldnotes in international educational research: Approaches, practices, and ethical considerations. Routledge.
Selected Conference Presentations: Peer-Reviewed
Jang, S. Y., Tjandra, C. & Peterson, S. S. (2018). Kindergarten students as playwrights: Utilizing multimodal social strategies in dramatic play. Paper Presentation at the Literacy Research Association. Indian Wells, California, USA.
Jang, S. Y. (2018). Korean-Canadian children's bilingual learning through a multi-generational ethnic church in the GTA, Canada. Paper Presentation at the 2018 International Conference on Bilingual Learning and Teaching, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
Jang, S. Y. (2018). Korean-Canadian children's linguistic habitus and their bilingual development: Ethnic church as a multi-level support system. Poster Presentation at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Jang, S. Y., Tjandra, C. & Peterson, S. S. (2018). Children's meaning making in dramatic play: Multimodality, playwright, directive uses. Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Jang, S. Y. (2018). Translanguaging at a church-based Korean language school in the Greater Toronto Area. Paper presented at Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL), University of Ottawa.
Jang, S. Y. (2017). Heritage language policies in Ontario: Korean-Canadian children's bilingual development through a church-based Korean language school. Paper presented at the LPP Conference: Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning, University of Toronto.
Madsen, A., San Miguel, J., Jang, S. Y., & Peterson, S. S. (2017). Hunting for a balance in the classroom: When is pretend gun play acceptable in school settings? Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
Tamtik, M., & Jang, S. Y. (2017). Higher education policies in the Baltic States: Balancing the language demands in multilingual societies. Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
Jang, S. Y. (2017). Bilingualism of Korean immigrant children: A church-based heritage language classroom in the Greater Toronto Area. Round table facilitator at the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Portland, USA.
Employment HistoryPost-Doctoral Fellow/Project Manager, July 2019 to Present
Faculty of Education and Social Work, Thompson Rivers University
Project Title: "Peer-Mentoring Project for Early Childhood Educators in British Columbia"
Research Fellow & Assistant, September 2014 to December 2018
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto
Project Title: "Northern Oral Language and Writing Through Play"
ECE Program Instructor/Practicum Supervisor, September 2011 to December 2013
Thompson Rivers University
ESL Language Instructor, September 2011 to May 2012
Thompson Rivers University