Childhood Study Group

meetings (fall and spring semesters)

Fridays 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Ball Hall (assigned room)

faculty members

doctoral students

  • Beijia Tan
  • Jan Kidder
  • Mahbubul Hasan
  • Jun Hao
  • Hui Zhang

visiting scholars

  • Lijiao Du
  • Xiangping Wu

who we are

The Childhood Study Group (CSG) is a group of faculty, doctoral students, and visiting scholars who are interested in researching young children and developing independent research. The members of the group conduct research nationally and internationally. We are dedicated to exploring quality research and developing skills for conducting and understanding the psychological, social, and emotional development in structured and unstructured learning environments. The Childhood Study Group is co-directed by Dr. Yeh Hsueh and Dr. Denise Winsor in the Educational Psychology program at the University of Memphis. 

goals

  • to create a research community to exchange ideas and develop research projects in the field of childhood development and learning, family practice, parenting and early education in various contexts
  • to provide personalized, hands-on graduate level research training from ideas to design, from research questions to data collection, from research writing to conference presentation
  • to provide special research acculturation for all the international students with the support of everyone including the US students and faculty members.

Projects

Fall Semester

  • Journal article review: One student suggested two articles that are related to his or her research to share with the group for an in-depth discussion
  • Students' presentations of a segment of their current research writing to get feedback
  • Practicing English speech skills in preparation for national and international conference presentations

Spring Semester: Research Writing

  • Each student brings in 4-6 pages of current manuscript, proposal, or conference presentation draft for the group members to review. The group will deliberate on the merit and needs for improvement as a "committee" while the writer "sits in" to listen. In the end, the writer will raise questions or respond to the group comments.

The outcome from these activities consists of almost all national or international conference presentations. Half of the group members have one or two manuscripts in preparation.

This is a partial reference list of the conference presentations that group members made or will make. Part of each presentation was presented, reviewed and/or discussed in the group meetings.

Cheng, M. & Hsueh, Y. (2015, June). Chinese young children's liking of Big Bird Looks at the World. Presented at the symposium on "Education media from young children's perspectives." Jean Piaget Society annual conference, Toronto, Canada.

Cheng, M. X., Hsueh, Y., Zhang, H., Zhou, Z. K., Sun, X. J., Tian, Y. (2014). Chinese parents and emergent science literacy of preschoolers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Jean Piaget Society: Symposium 5: Parenting preschoolers in changing societies. San Francisco, CA.

Cheng, M., Zhang, F., Fan, C., You, Z., & Zhou, Z. (2014, May). Friends of friends matter:friendship, proximity prestige, and loneliness in Chinese children. In S. Audley-Piotrowski (Chair), Moving beyond friendship quality: Novel concepts for understanding friendship in middle childhood. Symposium conducted at the 44th Jean Piaget Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Du, L., Bian, X., Hsueh, Y., Zhang, H. & Tan, B. (2015, June). Chinese preschool teachers' roles in teaching children at the art center. Presented at the symposium on "Emotion: Cultural, social, gender, and linguistic influences." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Jean Piaget Society. Toronto, Canada.

Hao, J. (June, 2015). The effect of safety education programs on young children's evaluation of risk-taking behavior and their safety knowledge. In Symposium: Education media from young children's perspectives. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Jean Piaget Society. Toronto, Canada.

Hao, J., Zhang, H., & Hsueh, Y. (2014). In the eyes of Chinese parents and preschoolers: Unintentional injury and risky behaviors. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Jean Piaget Society: Symposium 5: Parenting preschoolers in changing societies. San Francisco, CA.

Hasan, M. & Winsor, D. L. (2015, April). Exploring the epistemological foundation of think-pair-share with iPad math application in kindergarten. 27th Annual University of Memphis Graduate Student Research Forum. Memphis, TN.

Hsueh, Y., Hao, J., & Cheng, M. (2015, June). Chinese preschoolers' preferences for the images of Sesame Street's Muppets. Presented at the symposium on "Education media from young children's perspectives." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Jean Piaget Society. Toronto, Canada.

Kidder, J. E. (2015, June). "I Want to Tell You This:" Bilingual Immigrants' Stories of Love, Longing, and Hope. In J. E. Kidder (Chair), Emotion: Cultural, social, gender, and linguistic influences. Symposium conducted at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, Canada.

Kidder, J. E. (2014, June). Home language/school culture: Immigrant parents and their bilingual preschoolers. In Y. Hsueh (Chair), Parenting preschoolers in changing societies. Symposium conducted at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, San Francisco, CA.

Stapleton, C. M., Zhang, H., Cohen, R., & Hsueh, Y. (2015, June). Gender effects in peer nominations of shame, guilt, and pride among Chinese elementary school students. Presented at the symposium on "Emotion: Cultural, social, gender, and linguistic influences." Paper presented at the Jean Piaget Society annual conference, Toronto, Canada.

Stapleton, C. M., Zhang, H., & Hsueh, Y., & Cohen, R. (2015, March). Poster Title: The Virtue Enhancing and Vice Suppressing Function of Modesty Among Chinese Children. SRCD Biennial Meeting, Pennsylvania, PA.

Tan, B., Zhang, H., Du, L., Stapleton, M., Hsueh, Y., & Cohen, R. (2015, June). Gender differences in emotion expression in children's drawings. In H. Zhang (Chair), Children's unprompted drawings. Symposium to be conducted at the 45th Jean Piaget Society Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Zhang, H. (2015, June). Social Outcomes of Emotion Inhibition: The Roles of Culture and Gender. In Kidder, J. Emotion: Cultural, Social, Gender, and Linguistic Influences. Symposium to be presented at the Annual Conference of the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, Canada.

Zhang, H., Stapleton, C. M., Hsueh, Y., & Cohen, R. (2015, June). Children's unprompted drawings of the human figure. Presented at the symposium on "Emotion: Cultural, social, gender, and linguistic influences." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, Canada.

Zhang, H., Stapleton, C. M., Hsueh, Y., & Cohen, R. (2015, March). Poster Title: Emotion Management for Chinese Children: Mothers, Peers and Gender Effects. SRCD Biennial Meeting. Pennsylvania, PA.

Zhang, H., Stapleton, C. M., Hsueh, Y., & Cohen, R. (2014). The concept of zi-zun-xin and Its association with friendships in Chinese children. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Jean Piaget Society. Symposium 23: Confusion, complexity and neglect: Studying imitation in infancy. San Francisco, CA