Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching & Learning

Seongryeong Yu

NORFOLK, 23529

Seongryeong Yu is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Old Dominion University. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, and dual-degree in Comparative and International Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on investigating the diverse language-literacy practices of young children in various cultural and geographic contexts, emphasizing their meaning-making, learning, and sense of belonging. Her work explores how children negotiate their fluid identities, are aware of their surrounding spaces/materials, and shape linguistic repertoires through their literacy practices, contributing crucial insights to building an inclusive classroom environment.

Research Interests

Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Action Research


Cheon, H. and Yu, S. (2023). Unveiling Pre-Service Teachers' Epistemological Beliefs in the Planning of Korean Language Assessment. Korean Language Education Research 58 (5) , pp. 139-172.
Yu, S. (2023). Translanguaging, Multiliteracy, and Sociocultural Dynamics: Exploring Diasporic Identity and Belonging. Journal of Education, Language, and Ideology 1 (2) , pp. 243–267.
Yu, S. and Cheon, H. (2018). Child Reader’s Process of Selecting Picture Books based on Gender: Focused on 2nd Grade Elementary Students.. Korean Language Education Research 53 (5) , pp. 197-218.

Book Chapters

Umezawa, K., Lyu, S. and Yu, S. Language Ideologies and Reflective Thinking in Multilingual Language Education: Insights from Video-Cued Multivocal Ethnography Qualitative research designs in language teacher education: Methodological challenges and reflexivity narratives.
Han, S. Sarah., Yen, Y. and Yu, S. TeleCOLLABORATION : Growing Virtual Communities Telecollaboration in Language Teacher Education: Professional Learning, Identities, and Ideologies Bloomsbury Academic.
Yu, S. (2022). Navigating Diversity and Inclusion in Education in Asia. Review of the book Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Lessons from across Asia. (pp. 35-38) The Global Studies Literature Review.
Han, S. Sarah., Yu, S. and Yen, Y. (2022). The Becoming of Transcultural Pracademics Doctoral students’ identities and emotional wellbeing in applied linguistics: Autoethnographic accounts Taylor & Francis.


Yu, S. and Wang, Z. ( 2023). Understanding Student Positioning in a Korean Classroom: An Exploration on a Chinese Language Teacher’s History-in-person Paper American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Portland, OR.
Yu, S. ( 2023). Children’s belonging, otherness, subjectivity, and agency in classrooms: A comparative ethnographic study in South Korea and the United States Paper Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) Washington DC.
Yu, S. ( 2023). Understanding How Experience Spaces Differently in the Classroom through Embodied Multiliteracy Practices Paper Korean American Education Research Institute (KAERA) Chicago, IL.
Yu, S. ( 2023). Special Chairs in the K–4 Elementary Classroom: Immigrant Children’s Be[com]ing through Literacy Practice, Paper Literacy Research Association (LRA) Atlanta, GA.
Yu, S. ( 2023). Rethinking Spaces in the School through Children’s Embodied Multiliteracy Practices Paper Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Manchester, UK.
Yeom, E., Park, J., Yu, S. and Ahn, H. ( 2023). Who We were, We are Becoming: Narratives of K-eldest daughters Paper The American Education Research Association (AERA) Chicago, IL.
Han, S. Sarah., Yen, Y. and Yu, S. ( 2022). xploring Intercultural Communication in Distanced Communities of Practices Paper International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence (ICC) Arizona and Online.
Yu, S. ( 2022). Exploring Children's Identity as Expressed in Literacy Practices in Two Different Sites: Classrooms in South Korea and the United States Paper Literacy Research Association (LRA) Phoenix, AZ.
Yu, S. and Wang, Z. ( 2022). Rethinking Literacy Practices from a Vygotskian Perspective: Emotion, Cognition, and Transformation Paper Literacy Research Association (LRA) Phoenix, AZ.
Han, S. Sarah., Yu, S. and Yen, Y. ( 2022). Reimagining through Telecollaboration: Community of Korean and Taiwanese EFL Teachers Paper TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo Pittsburgh, PA.
Gil, M., Yu, S. and Lyu, S. ( 2022). Differences in awareness of multicultural education between early childhood and elementary school teachers from the perspective of continuity Paper The Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME) .
  • 2023: Ethnicity, Race and Multilingualism Award, Literacy Research Association (LRA)
  • 2023: Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award , The Pennsylvania State University. The Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education
  • 2023: Michael Salwen Scholarship , Korean-American Educational Researchers Association (KAERA)