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Kyunghwa Lee

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

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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

Research Summary

Drawing on Giyoo Hatano and Naomi Miyake's (1991) idea for "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 normal and abnormal 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 intersection of race, class, and disability in the current policy context of high-stakes accountability standards. In addition, linking increasing diagnosis rates of ADHD to disembodiment in today's early schooling, I explore robotics education as a possible pedagogy to bring blocks and children's bodies back to early childhood classrooms.


Kyunghwa received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Early Childhood Education from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. She taught at Ban-po Kindergarten in Seoul and worked as an instructor at several colleges in Korea before moving to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue her doctoral degree. She has been a faculty member at The University of Georgia since 2002.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2001

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
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