Posts Tagged ‘Eunjyu Yu’

SUNY Canton Professor Finds Ways for Multicultural Urban Students to Pull Ahead

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Educators should look at presenting topics in a way that is directly related to the lives of their students, according to a SUNY Canton professor’s new research.

Eunjyu Yu, who teaches English at the college, suggests relevant subject materials, and support from parents, can help urban American students advance farther in math and science. Yu recently published “The Impact of Culturally Inclusive Pedagogy on Student Achievement in a Multicultural Urban School Setting” in Urban Education, a bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal.

Eunjyu Yu sits behind a laptop in a classroom.

In addition to her professional teaching duties, SUNY Canton Professor Eunjyu Yu researches how modern students learn. Yu recently published an article in a peer-reviewed journal suggesting ways to boost math and science education among multicultural urban students.

“A culturally inclusive approach emphasizing a connection between school work and students’ real-world experiences can link in-school and out-of-school learning,” Yu said. “It is important to make a connection between school subject content and students’ home and community cultures. By doing this, we can enhance students’ self-esteem, critical thinking skills and academic achievement.”

The experienced researcher explained that math equations involving average snowfall would be appropriate in Northern New York but would not be relevant for students who have never experienced cold weather.

“International students won’t be able to relate to Halloween or other traditional American Holidays,” she said. “The best practice is to take advantage of students’ cultural backgrounds as an asset to enhance their academic achievement.”

She also indicated that parents or guardians were the most common resource for a students and tutoring help, which furthers the need for culturally-relatable subject matter.

Her research was derived from a study with 43 teachers and 175 multicultural students from urban public schools who were exposed to culturally relevant teaching methods.

Yu frequently explores and writes about how modern students from diverse backgrounds engage in learning. She is the first-place winner of the 2018 Open SUNY Effective Practice Award for her innovative teaching methods. She was awarded the Honorable Mention of the 2013 English Leadership Quarterly Best Article of the Year Award by the National Council of Teachers of English.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Identifies Barriers, Opportunities for ‘Generation 1.5’ College Students

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Eunjyu YuA SUNY Canton faculty member’s research examines the strategies employed by a non-native-English-speaking college student to become a successful multilingual writer in a college composition class.

Eunjyu Yu, Ph.D., who teaches in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, authored a research paper titled “Crossing Borders: Generation 1.5’s Journey from Alien to Master” for the journal “Research and Teaching in Developmental Education.” The term “generation 1.5” refers to those who immigrate to the U.S. as children and adolescents.

In her paper, she presents a case study of a 19-year-old Chinese-American student and his experiences in a college composition class.

“Due to the strong influence of their mother tongue on their second language acquisition, generation 1.5 often struggle to create a social and academic presence in a mainstream college composition classroom,” Yu explained. “However, the success story of this student provides a blueprint for struggling ESL students and higher education institutions.”

The case study details strategies employed by the student to successfully construct his academic and social presence in college, such as utilizing translation applications and consulting with his English-speaking classmates.

“My findings support the value in fostering a culturally-inclusive environment, promoting the importance of linguistic and cultural diversity, and sustaining solid ESL support services to help these students be successful,” she said. “It can also help higher education institutions more effectively serve the growing college ESL population.”

The journal “Research and Teaching in Developmental Education” is sponsored by the New York College Learning Skills Association.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor’s Research Featured in Academic Journal

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Eunjyu YuA SUNY Canton faculty member has published new research that can help high school educators better prepare students for higher education.

Assistant Professor Eunjyu Yu’s study, titled “Ready for College? What College Students Have to Say about Their High School English Experiences,” was published in the August issue of English Leadership Quarterly.

“In Assistant Professor Yu’s publication, she addresses the growing national phenomenon of helping students better prepare for their transition from high school to college,” said Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “Her work fits well within SUNY’s overall “Cradle to Career” views and will assist in our college’s retention efforts.”

She surveyed first-year student volunteers about their high-school experiences within the English language arts classes for her research. She found that students liked being challenged by their teachers, exploring multiple writing techniques and reading a variety of literature, using video and multimedia-materials among other information.

“Since an educational system is ecologically linked from primary education up to higher education, I needed to understand the effectiveness of high school literacy programs from the perspective of high school graduates to develop effective literacy pedagogy for my own students,” Yu said.

She pointed out that little research exists that addresses how effectively a high school English language arts class prepares students for academic reading and writing expectations at the college level.

“With respect to writing, in addition to learning grammar and language usage, the participants I surveyed would like to have more opportunities for hands-on practice with their writing skills,” the assistant professor noted.

Yu offers possible solutions to better prepare young adults, including establishing a stronger link between classroom learning and “real life,” by allowing students the ability to apply what they learn to their careers or personal lives.

English Leadership Quarterly is published by the National Council of Teachers of English. It helps department chairs, K-12 supervisors and other leaders in their role of improving the quality of English instruction.

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