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Kyung Kim will pursue doctoral studies at Penn State.
Kyung Kim earns research award
Grad student focuses on incorporating technology into the classroom
Leah Jackson

NATCHITOCHES – When Kyung Kim receives his graduate degree later this week, he will be one step closer to his goal of helping teachers effectively incorporate technology into instruction. The South Korea native will receive his graduate degree in curriculum and instruction during commencement ceremonies at Northwestern State University this Friday. Kim is the recipient of an outstanding research award from Northwestern State’s College of Education and Human Development and has been accepted to a doctoral program at Penn State University, where he was awarded a Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, presented to the top applicant among incoming doctoral students.

“At Penn State, I will be involved as a research assistant in the research project titled ‘Exploratory Development of a Tool to Measure and Analyze Structural Knowledge (ASK)’ funded by the National Science Foundation for three years,” Kim said. “In this project, I'll explore the effectiveness of visualizing structural knowledge on learning, especially in English learning, based on the knowledge of English education learned at NSU. For instance, it will be very useful to compare the structural knowledge of English language learners with that of English native speakers or English texts for English learning.”

Kim earned his undergraduate degree at Kongju Nation University in South Korea, where he majored in English education/English as a foreign language. After graduating, he worked as an educational journalist, educational researcher and secondary teacher in South Korea but wanted to study English education in more depth and enrolled at Northwestern State.

Since he began the master’s program two years, Kim has presented at professional meetings at the regional, state and international levels. He has published research about education policies of South Korea in scholarly journals and is in the process of translating a book on teacher effectiveness strategies from English to Korean. Much of his research focuses on facilitating learning with technology.

“I began to have an interest in the educational technology field beyond English/language arts,” he said. “I will do research on effective instructional systems and technology uses to improve human learning and performance, especially to promote a student-centered learning environment. In this regard, my short-term goal is to advance my scholarly inquiry related to the design, development, and evaluation of the effective student-centered learning environments to support learning and teaching that are responsive to diverse learners and contexts.”

Kim said Dr. Kioh Kim, former professor of education leadership and technology at NSU who is now at University of Louisiana-Monroe, was an especially helpful mentor. Dr. Kim initiated the exchange program with Chungnam University in South Korea that led Kim to Northwestern State.

“It was he who first took me to a conference, which inspired me to strive for the higher academic goals, especially in educational technology field,” Kim said. “All professors I have met at NSU have shown me their best kindness, passion and tolerance, so I want to thank them for everything they have done for me.”

“Kyung Kim is one of the best kept secrets at Northwestern State,” said Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. “At his portfolio defense presentation, I learned that he is assisting in the translation of one of the most published textbooks in education, How to be an Effective and Successful Teacher by Harry and Rosemary Wong, and that he has presented multiple times at professional conferences since enrolling in the M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction at NSU. I am pleased that NSU has provided him extensive professional growth opportunities in teacher education, specifically English education, which will better prepare him for success in the Ph.D. program at Penn State University.”

“With that knowledge on effective learning and teaching environment, my long-term goal is to help all teachers become an effective teacher, not teacher worker,” Kim said.

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