Post-doctoral Researchers

Yu Zhang
Postdoctoral Scholar

Yu Zhang has been postdoctoral researcher in the School of Education since 2016. She previously worked on mathematics education at UC Santa Barbara, where she studied how to improve mathematics scores for low-performing students through cognitive intervention. She is currently working on educational evaluation and assessment and managing multiple research projects.

Research Interests

  • K-12 Mathematics development, assessment, and cognitive intervention for disadvantaged and minority students.
  • English language assessments and impact on the mathematics scores
  • Formative and summative assessments for mathematics in middle school

Education

Ph.D. in Education, emphasis on mathematics education, and cognitive development (Sept. 2016)

M.A. in Education, emphasis on mathematics education (Sept. 2014)

M.A. in Journalism and Communication, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Sept. 2007)

Recent projects

#1: A comprehensive Research-Based Computer Assessment and Accommodation System for ELL students. PIs Jamal Abedi & Mikyung Wolf 

#2: Distinguishing Between Low English Proficiency and Learning Disabilities: Developing a Valid Classification System for All English Language Learners. PI Jamal Abedi

#3. Formative Assessment in Mathematics:  Current Status and Future Guidelines. PI: Jamal Abedi; Co-PI: Paul Heckman & Mark Warschauer

Select Publications

Zhang, Y., & Okamoto. Y, (2017) Chunking 10s improve first graders’ estimation. UC Santa Barbara. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 2(3), 1–99, http://jnc.psychopen.eu/article/view/69;

Zhang, Y., Okamoto, Mary E. Brenner, & Gerber. M, (2017) Promoting K-1 students’ numeracy learning-investigating the effect of instructional intervention. UC Santa Barbara. (manuscripts in progress).

Zhang, Y., Rashedi, R., Abhari, B., Rowe, S., Banes, L., Mundhenk, K., & Ewer, Qualitative Interviews Studies for Formative Assessment of Middle School (manuscripts in progress).

Presentations

 Zhang, Y., Okamoto, Y., Learning 10ness Horizontally Improves First Graders’ Estimation of Numerical Magnitudes. A paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting 2017. San Antonio, TX, U.S.A., April 14th, 2017.

Zhang, Y., Rowe, S., Christianson, K., Hierarchical Linear Model for Formative Assessment on Mathematics learning of the Middles school students. A paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting 2018, New York, April 17th, 2018,

Zhang, Y., Rashedi, R., Abhari, B., Rowe, S., Banes, L., Mundhenk, K., & Ewer, Qualitative Interviews Studies for Formative Assessment of Middle School. A paper presented at National Consortium for Instruction & Cognition (NCIC) 2018, annual meeting, New York, April 14th, 2018.

Zhang, Y., Rowe, S., “Investigating formative assessment and teachers’ education program in middle school: Using hierarchical linear models to examine the effect of formative assessment on mathematics learning.” A paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2018, annual meeting, New York, April 14th, 2018. 

Zhang, Y. Abedi, J., Bayley, R., Rowe, S., Bane, L., Methodological Issues in Misclassification of English Language Learners as Students with Language-Related Learning Disabilities”. A paper presented at University of California Center for Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk (UCSPEDDR), 12th annual meeting, University of California Davis, CA, January 20th, 2018.

Okamoto, Y., & Zhang, Y. Language Influence on Children’s Numerical Estimation, A paper presented at European conference of Developmental Psychology Symposium 17th annual meeting, Braga, Portugal. Sep 12th, 2015.

Awards

2016, AERA Minority Dissertation Travel Award, American Educational Research Association

2015, Dissertation Fellowship, Department of Education, UC Santa Barbara

Dissertation Block Grant, Department of Education, UC Santa Barbara

2015, AERA Outstanding Poster Award American Educational Research Association

2014, Pre-Doctoral Student Travel Grant Award, Department of Education, UC Santa Barbara Academic Senate Travel Grant, Department of Education, UC Santa Barbara

2013, Research Conference Travel Grant Award, Department of Education, UC Santa Barbara

2012, Block Grant Award, Department of Education, UC Santa Barbara (2 years)

2011, Recruiting Fellowship, Department of Education, UC Santa Barbara

2003-2005, Outstanding Academic Award, Huazhong University (China)

Excellent Graduation Thesis, Hubei University (China)

Education Scholarship, Hubei University (China)

yudzhang@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-2194

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