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Kyong-Ah Kwon

Associate Professor    
• Ph.D. in Developmental Studies, Purdue University, 2008
• M.A. in Developmental Studies, Purdue University, 2004
• M.A. in Early Childhood Education, Sookmyung Women’s University, 1997
• B. S. in Child Welfare, Sookmyung Women’s University, 1994
• Early experiences at home and at school and children’s social emotional development and learning
• Parenting in diverse contexts
• Teachers’ professional development and child care quality

Dr. Kyong-Ah Kwon is originally from Seoul, South Korea. She received her doctoral degree in Developmental Studies from Purdue University and has worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Georgia State University since 2008. She had also worked with children from birth through kindergarten in Korea and U. S. as a teacher for nine years. She is a dedicated scholar of child development and early childhood education and an advocate for high-quality programs for young children. Her research has been published in a number of quality child development and education and family studies journals including Infant and Child Development, Early Education and Development, Child and Youth Care Forum, and Journal of Family Studies.


Hong, S.-Y., Kwon, K., & Jeon, H. (in press). Investigation of multiple dimensions of children’s attitudes toward people with disabilities in relation to personal and parental factors. Infant and Child Development (refereed, international, impact factor: 1.25).

Son, S., Kwon, K., Jeon, H., & Hong, S.-Y. (2013). Head Start classrooms and children’s school readiness benefit from teachers’ qualifications and ongoing training, Child and Youth Care Forum, 42, 525-553 (refereed, international, impact factor: 1.25)

Kwon, K., Jeon, H., & Elicker, J. (2013). Links among coparenting quality, parental gentle guidance, and toddlers’ social emotional competencies: testing direct, mediational, and moderational models Journal of Family Studies, 19, 19-34 (refereed, international, impact factor: 1.14).

Kwon, K., Bingham, G. E., Lewsader, G., Jeon, H., & Elicker, J. (2013). Structured task versus free play: the influence of social context on parenting quality, toddlers’ engagement with parents and play behaviors, and parent-toddler language use. Child and Youth Care Forum, 42, 207-224 (refereed, international, impact factor: 1.25).

Elicker, J., Wen, X., Kwon, K., & Sprague, J. B. (2013). Early Head Start relationships: Association with program outcomes. Early Education and Development, 24, 491-516 (refereed, national, impact factor: 1.10).

Kwon, K., Han, S., Jeon, H., & Bingham, G. E. (2012). Mothers’ and fathers’ parenting challenges, strategies, and resources in toddlerhood. Early Childhood Development and Care, 183, 415-429 (refereed, international, acceptance rate: 20%).

Bingham, G. E., Kwon, K., & Jeon, H. (2012). Examining the quality of mother-father-child dyadic and triadic interactions: associations with children’s social and language behavior. Early Childhood Development and Care, 183, 394-414.(refereed, international, acceptance rate: 20%).

Kwon, K., Jeon, H. Lewsader, J., & Elicker, J. (2012). Mothers’ and fathers’ parenting quality and toddlers’ interactive behaviours in dyadic and triadic family contexts. Infant and Child Development, 4, 354-373 (refereed, international, impact factor: 1.25).

Kwon, K. & Elicker, J. (2012). The role of mothers’ and fathers’ parental control and coparenting in toddlers’ compliance. Early Education & Development, 23, 748-765 (refereed, national, impact factor: 1.10).

Kwon, K., Elicker, J., & Kontos, S. (2011). Social IEP objectives, teacher talk, and peer interaction in inclusive and segregated preschool settings. Early Childhood Research Journal, 39, 267-277 (refereed, international).

Myers-Walls, J., Frias, L., Kwon, K., Ko, M., & Lu, T. (2011). Living life in two worlds: Acculturative stress among Asian international graduate student parents and spouses. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 22, 455-478 (refereed, international, impact factor:0.48).