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. (2015). Understanding language and literacy development: Diverse learners in the classroom. Wiley-Blackwell publisher.
  • Wang, X.-L. and Bernas, R. (eds.) (2015). Citizens without borders: Becoming members of global community. Niagara Falls, NY: Untested Ideas Research Center.
  • Wang, X.-L., Eberhard, L., & Bernas, R. (2014). Gestures can enhance the narrative ability of children with learning disabilities. International Journal of Literacies, 20:1-23.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2014-2015). Multilingual family welfare. In T. K. Bhatia and W. C. Ritchie             (eds.), The handbook of bilingualism and multilingualism. Malden, MA: The Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. New Paper edition.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2012-2013). 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.
  • 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., Bernas, R., & Eberhard, P. (2009). Mothers’ and grandmothers’ early literacy socialization strategies in Chinese working-class families: implications for educators. The US-China Educational Review.
  • 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.
  • Wang, X. L., Bernas, R., & Eberhard, P. (2008). Responding to children’s everydaytransgressions 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, Volume 12 (3), 227-236.
  • Wang, X.-L., Berbnas, 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 Berns, NC: Traffort Publishing Co.
  • Wang, X.-L., Bernas, R. & Eberhard, P. (2004). Engaging ADHD children with teachers’            hand gestures. Educational Studies, 30 (3), 217-229.
  • Wang, X.-L., Bernas, R., & Eberhard, P. (2002). Variations in maternal support to children’s early 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.  
  • Wang, X.-L., Bernas, R. & Eberhard, P. (2001).  Children’s early literacy environment in Chinese and American Indian Families. Resources in Education.
  • 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, Vol. 70 (6), 1477-1488.
  • Wang, X-L., Mylander, C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (1996). Cross-cultural study of mother/child interaction in Chinese and American families. In M. Cusinato (Ed.). Research on family resources and needs across the world (pp. 363-374). Milano, Italy: Edizioni Universitarie di Lettere Economia 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: Across‑cultural study of the gestural communication systems of Chinese and American deaf children. Belgian Journal of Linguistics,8, 167-185.

Presentations

  • Wang, X.-L., Eberhard, D., Voron, M., and Eberhard, P. (2014). Helping students with cognitive disability improve writing through e-mail scaffolding. Paper presented at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, July 8-13.
  • Eberhard, P. and Wang, X.-L. (2014). A medial understanding of child development. Paper presented at the 4th Global Conference: Childhood, Oxford, UK: July 17-19.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2014). A medial approach to raising globally minded children. Paper presented at the International Conference on Moral Education, Fudan University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, October 24-27.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2014). Improving writing skills of students with cognitive disability through email scaffolding from mature writers. Paper presented at the Second Annual Pace University Research Day, April 17.
  • Wang, X.-L., Eberhard, L., & Eberhard, P. (2013). Putting on the spot: A comparative study of preservice teachers’ verbal and nonverbal behaviors in the virtual teaching environment and routine university classroom environment. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Education and New learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain, July 1-3, 2013.
  • Wang, X.-L., Eberhard, L., & Eberhard, P. (2013). Gender-role development in Hutterite Children. Paper presented at the 2013 Shanghai International Conference on Social Science, Shanghai, China, July 11-13, 2013.
  • Wang, X.-L. and Delaney, M. (2013). Effects of hand gestures on the syllable recognition and decoding skills of children with reading difficulties. Paper presented at the 2013 Pace University Research Day, April 25.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2013). Gestures can help improve the narrative quality of children with learning Disabilities. Paper presented at the 2013 Pace University Research Day, April 25.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2013). Gaining new insights into guan jiao in Chinese moral socialization. Paper presented at the 2013 Pace University Research Day, April 25.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2013). Lying may be a form of social intelligence: Socialization of situational-appropriate deceptive skills in the Chinese working families. Paper presented at the 2013 Pace University Research Day, April 25.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2013). Gender-role development of Hutterite children. Paper presented at the 2013 Pace University Research Day, April 25.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2013). The impact of multilingualisam on family wellbeing. Paper presented at the 2013 Pace University Research Day, April 25.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2012). Teaching social competence through situational-appropriate deception: Practices in Chinese working–class families. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the Asia-Pacific Network for Moral Education, June 15-17, 2012.
  • Wang, X.-L. & Eberhard, L. (2012). Teachers’ gestures can help children with learning difficulties improve story comprehension and narration. Paper presented at the 19th International Conference on Learning. The institute of Education, University of London, UK, August 14-16.
  • 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’lessandro, 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. (2011). Understanding international perspectives and approaches for early     literacy development, paper presented at the 2011 International Reading      Association Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. May 8, 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 teachers’ 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. and Wang, X.-L. (2010). A middle voiced understanding of diversity. Paperpresented 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 tofacilitate moral reasoning development. Paper presented at the XIV European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Vilnius, Lithuania, August 20.
  • Wang, X,-L., Delaney, M., & Eberhard, P. (2009). Effects of teachers’ scaffoldingstrategies 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, 2009.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2008).Understanding child and adolescent cognitive and emotionaldevelopment 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 topromote moral development. Paper presented at the 2008 APNME Conference from April 18-21 in Beijing in China.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2008). Acquiring Chinese, English, and French as first languages. Paperpresented at the 2008 CAERDA International Conference on March 24 in New York.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2007). The effects of teachers’ intentional 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             presented at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children, December 5. Washonton, DC.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2005). Cultural differences in Chinese and American children’s emotional expressions. Paper presented at the 2005 Conference of the International Society for Research on Emotions. July 15. Bari, Italy.
  • 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 14, 2005, Granada, Spain.
  • 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, Atlanta, Georgia, April 9.
  • Wang, X.-L. & Eberhard, P. (2004). A middle-voiced account of gender-role             development: Examples from Hutterite Children. Paper presented at the Conference on Human Development, April 23, Washington, DC.
  • Wang, X. L. (2004). The everyday teaching strategies in four cultural Communities Implications for teachers. Paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meetings of the American Educational Research Association, April 12-16, San Diego.
  • Wang, X.-L. & Eberhard, P (2003). Variations of maternal everyday scaffolding styles in Chinese and Native American families. Paper presented at the XIth European Conference on Developmental Psychology, August 28, Milan, Italy.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2003). Effects of teachers’ speech and hand gestures on autistic children’stask responses. Paper presented at the 2003 Annual Meetings of the American Educational Research Association, April 21, Chicago.
  • Wang, X.-L. (2003). The similarities and differences of spontaneous gesture productionof sighted 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 indeveloping 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 awindow 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 2001 Biennial Meeting of  the Society for Research in Child Development, April 20, Minneapolis.
  • Wang, X.-L., Bernas, R., Delany, K., & Eberhard, P. (2000). An ethnographic study ofadult support to children's early literacy experiences in Chinese and Native American families.  Paper presented at the XVI Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, July 11-14, 2000, Beijing, China.
  • Wang, X.-L. & Eberhard, P. (2000).  Maximizing learning potential of children with mental retardation: The effectiveness of teacher nonverbal support.  Paper presented at the 2000 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  April 28, New Orleans.
  • Wang, X.-L. (1999). Understanding parental concepts of children in cultural context: An ethnographic study of four communities.  Paper presented at the 1st annual conference on the ethics of parenting, February 26, 1999 , New York.
  • Wang, X.-L. & Eberhard, P. (1999).  Effects of adult nonverbal scaffolding on task performances of children with mental retardation.  Paper presented at the 1999 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, April 16, Albuquerque.
  • Wang, X.-L. (1999).  Variations of adult support to children’s early literacy experiences in Chinese and Native American families.  Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Research Seminar sponsored by the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Social Science. November 10, Pleasantville.
  • Wang, X.-L. & Eberhard, P. (1998).  The variations of maternal scaffolding in everyday learning in four cultural communities.  Paper presented at the XVth Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development. July 4, Bern, Switzerland.
  • Wang, X.-L, et al (1997) Early Childhood Education Lecture Series invited by Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, Summer, 1997. 
  • Wang, X.-L. & Eberhard, P. (1997).  Children's contribution to gender‑role development: A study of Hutterite children." Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. April 24, Washington, DC. 
  • Wang, X.-L. & Eberhard, P. (1997). Effects of maternal nonverbal scaffolding during joint activities with ADHD children." Paper presented at the 1997 Convention of the American Psychological Society. May 26, Washington D.C.
  • Wang, X.-L. (1996).  Les interactions mere‑enfant souffrant de ADHD. A lecture invited by Departement de L'Instruction Publique et des Affaires Culturelles, Office Medico‑Pedagogique.  November 11-17, Neuchatel, Switzerland.
  • Wang, X.-L. & Eberhard, P. (1996).  Maternal teaching behaviors in four cultural groups: Chinese, Hutterite, White Americans, and Native Americans. Paper presented in the XXVI International Congress of Psychology.  August 21, Montreal, Canada.
  • Wang, X.-L. & Eberhard, P. (1996).  The reciprocal process of sex‑role development in young children: An ecological study of sex‑role socialization and reproduction of Huttente children. Paper presented at the XIVth Biennial Meetings of International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development.  August 14, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Wang, X.-L., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Mylander, C. (1995).  "Growing up in Chinese and American cultures: New insights from comparative research." Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, March 30, Indianapolis.
  • Haight, W., Wang, X.-L., Fung, H. (1995).  The ecology of everyday pretending in three cultural communities (Chinese, White American, and African American communities). Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, April 2, Indianapolis.
  • Wang, X.-L. (1994).  A Cross‑cultural study of mother‑child interaction in Chinese and American families: A comparison between hearing mother‑hearing child and hearing mother‑deaf child. Paper presented in the XII International Congress of the International Association for Cross‑Cultural Psychology. July 25,  Pamplona, Spain.
  • Wang, X.-L., Mylander, C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (1994).  A cross‑cultural study of mother‑child interaction in Chinese and American families." Paper presented at the 2nd International Congress of Family Psychology.  July 15, Padua, Italy.
  • Wang, X.-L. & Eberhard, P. (1994).  Learning to be men and women: Sex role socialization in a Hutterite colony.  Paper presented in the 6th American Psychological Society Annual Convention.  July 1, Washington, D.C.Wang, X. L. & Eberhard, P. (1994). Learning to be Hutterites: Some aspects of socialization in a Hutterite colony." Paper presented at the 1994 Annual Meeting of Society for Cross‑Cultural Research.  February 17, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Kata, S. & Wang, X.-L. (1993). Imagery in the speaking process: A study of iconic gestures, and"Onomatopoeias" in Chinese and Japanese. Paper presented in the 5th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society.  June 25, Chicago.
  • Wang, X.-L., Ducan, S. (1993).  Stylistic variation in oral narratives: A comparative study of theCanary Row narration between Mandarin Chinese speakers and American English speakers. Paper presented at the 5th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics. May 14,  Newark, DE.
  • Wang, X.-L. (1992).  The role of culture in the development of linguistic representations. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of Belgium.  November 28, Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Wang, X.-L. (1992).  Resilience and fragility in language acquisition‑A comparative study of the Spontaneous gesture communication systems of Chinese and American deaf children. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research.  August 7, San Diego.
  • Wang, X.-L. (1991). The effects and non‑effects of culture on language development. Lecture invited by the Workshop of Cross‑Cultural Studies, University of Chicago.  November 28, Chicago.
  • Wang, X.-L. (1991). The roots of cultures: A preliminary investigation of hearing mother‑deaf child interaction styles in China and the United States. Paper presented at the Language Socialization Workshop, University of Chicago. October 6, Chicago.
  • Goldin-Meadow, S., Mylander, C. & Wang, X.-L. (1990).  Levels of structure in spontaneous gesture systems developed by American and Chinese deaf children. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research.  May 28, Boston.