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Kyunghwa Lee

  • Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Teacher Education)

Portrait of Kyunghwa Lee

Contact Information

Office Location

624E Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602


Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • ethnographic studies on teaching and learning
  • disability studies in education
  • childhood studies
  • project- and inquiry-based pedagogy in early childhood education

Research Interests

  • teaching and learning in culture
  • early childhood teachers' perspectives on young children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • immigrant children and their families
  • robotics and embodied learning in early childhood education

Programs of Study

Research Summary

Drawing on Giyoo Hatano and Naomi Miyake's (1991) idea about "a double-sided effect" of culture, I examine various sociohistorical constraints, including taken-for-granted beliefs and practices, that support and hinder the process of teaching and learning in early schooling. My recent research is focused on investigating early childhood teachers' beliefs about typical and atypical child development in general and their perspectives on young children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in particular. In this line of research, I examine the intersections of race, class, and disability in the current policy context of high-stakes accountability standards. Linking the increasing prevalence of ADHD among young children to disembodiment in today's early schooling, I also explore robotics education as a possible pedagogy to bring blocks and children's bodies back into early childhood classrooms.

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2020 Donald O. Schneider Award for Mentoring College of Education, University of Georgia
2019 Faculty Research Leave Award College of Education, University of Georgia
2014 Jenny Penney Oliver Faculty Diversity Award College of Education, University of Georgia
2012 Faculty Research Leave Award College of Education, University of Georgia
2005 Mentoring Fellow Institute for Behavioral Research, University of Georgia