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Chenyi Zhang

Assistant Professor    Assistant Professor    
Education
Purdue University, 2013
University of Missouri - Columbia, 2008
Anhui Polytechnic University, China 2005
Specializations
Children's early literacy development
In-service teachers' professional development
Early intervention study
Quantitative research method
Biography

I received training and education in the field of Human Development and Family Studies with specialization in Child Development. I have been involved with a number of research projects examining preschool children’s early literacy skills in the context of professional development interventions for teachers. My recent works examine the interplay between different types of teachers’ literacy instruction and children’s early literacy skills (e.g., early decoding and writing skills).

Publications

Zhang, C., Diamond. K & Powell, D. (Submitted) Exploring the dimensions of teachers’ classroom group-time instructions. Early Childhood and Education.
Dobbs-Oates, J., & Zhang, C (Submitted) The relations between children’s Head Start experience and pre-academic skills: A comparison with children from a community group. School Psychology.
Morrison, J., Storey, P., & Zhang, C. (2011). Accessible family involvement in early childhood programs. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 39(3), 21-26.
Zhang, C., & Morrison, J. (2010). Imparting cultural values to Chinese children through literature. International Journal of Early Childhood Education. 42, 7-26.
Morrison, J., Placier, P, Levitch, A., Zhang, C.,Lamber, M., & Pearce, I (2008, August 12), Parental thoughts about school climate in Missouri, Missouri Youth Initiative, 18(3), Retrieved April 02, 2009, from http://www.oseda.missouri.edu/step/vol18/no3/step0808.shtml
Zhang, C. & Christ, S. (2013, April) Children’s early peer-relations and trajectory of literacy development. Poster to be presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, OR.
Zhang, C. & Diamond, K. (2013, April) Examining the moderation effect of children’s initial literacy skills on the relation between teachers’ literacy instruction and children’s early literacy skills. Poster to be presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, OR.
Zhang, C., Diamond, K. & Powell, D. (2012, June). Relations between teachers’ education and large group time literacy Instructions. Poster presented at the Head Start’s National Research Conference, Washington, DC.
Zhang, C., Diamond, K. & Powell, D. (2011, March). Understanding teacher’s literacy instruction within group time book reading. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, CA.
Carey, A, Zhang, C. & Diamond, K., (2011, March). The relation of writing to letter knowledge and phonological awareness in a Head Start population. Poster presented at the biennial meeting 0f the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, CA.
Zhang, C., & Morrison, J., (2009, April). Cultural values reflected within Chinese children’s stories. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.
Levitch, A., Lambert, M., Zhang, C. Brown, B., Morrison, J., Pearce, I., & Placier, P. (2008, November). Measurement of perceptions of school climate in the Midwestern United States. Visual paper presentation at the annual meeting of the International Conference on Learning, Chicago, IL.
Levitch, A., Lambert, M., Zhang, C., Brown, B., Morrison, J., Pearce, I., & Placier, P. (2008, April). Factor analyses of a questionnaire about teachers’ perceptions of school context in the Midwest. Paper presentation at annual meeting of Society for Research in Human Development Conference, Little Rock, AR
Morrison, J., Pamla, S., & Zhang, C. (2008, March). Getting parental involvement in the early childhood program. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Childhood Education International, Atlanta, GA.

 
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