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Yu-Han Hung

Yu-Han Hung

Assistant Professor

Office:

hungy@uhd.edu

Curriculum Vitae

​My specialty areas are compromised of four intersecting topics: social studies education, teacher knowledge and professional development, curriculum theory, and international and comparative research. These four threads of research are parallel lines of inquiry that overlap in my research trajectory. My current research investigates history teachers' personal practical knowledge and gatekeeping practices as they relate to the teaching of controversial public issues. I am particularly interested in understanding how teachers' life histories enter into the curriculum they teach as well as how teachers mediate broader social tensions in the society while in the classroom. 

I also examine the confluence of teacher life narratives, the official curriculum, and the social pressures that teachers face in their working lives. Ultimately, I seek to extend the work of Maxine Greene to the current era of global interaction, interdependence and change as a response to the confluence of teacher life narratives, the official curriculum, and the social pressures that teachers face in their working lives. This work asks, what does it mean to view the world as a stranger in this day and age with social pressures? What are the possibilities for teaching with imagination in this era of cultural change?

In addition, I am also interested in the positionality of ELL students' in social studies classrooms. I focus on the opportunities and challenges facing social studies teachers as they attempt to engage their ELL students, especially with discussions of controversial issues. 

Teaching

My pedagogical experiences are inclusive of both K-12 and post-secondary levels. I spent three years teaching in public, urban schools in Taipei, Taiwan. These experiences crystalized and helped bring to fruition the understanding of the many challenges history teachers and students confronted in and outside the classroom. Because of this work, I strove to develop a strongly reflective teaching practice, both for myself and for my colleagues. 

At Michigan State University, my teaching focus has primarily been with pre-service teachers at both the secondary and elementary level in face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments. While working with elementary pre-service teacher candidates, I encouraged them to build integrated unit plans connected to their local communities and to discuss current issues with their students. Furthermore, working in the secondary course instructor team, I encouraged students to explore the topics related to social justice and controversial public issues. In addition, I also focus especially on the topics of controversial public issues in the curriculum and best practices for teaching ELL and immigrant students. Lastly, I am rounded out by my comment and experiences as a superior for secondary social studies interns and elementary interns located in many locations. I strove to build strong partnerships between University and local public schools. 

Michigan State University                    PhD                                    2017

National Taiwan Normal University      Master of Education           2007

Soochow University                              Bachelor of History            2004

​Undergraduate Course Instructor. Elementary Social Studies Methodology Course. Teaching Social Studies to Diverse Learners

  • Teaching Social Studies to Diverse Learners
  • Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners
  • Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners II
  • Professional Role & Teaching Practice II
Graduate Course Instructor. Curriculum in Its Social Context.

​Hung, Yu-Han. (2016) What Can We Learn from Taiwanese Teachers About Teaching Controversial Public Issues. Journal of International Social Studies, 6(1), 37-52

Hung, Yu-Han. (Revise and Resubmit). Exploration of Teacher Life Stories: Taiwanese History Teachers' Curricular Gatekeeping of Controversial Public Issues. Teaching and Teacher Education

Hung, Yu-Han. (Submitted). Teacher as Stranger for Teaching Controversial Public Issues. The Journal of Social Studies Research.

Hung, Yu-Han. (2016). Exploration of Teacher Life Stories: Taiwanese History Teachers' Curricular Gatekeeping of Controversial Public Issue. Proceedings of 2016 The International Society for the Social Studies. Orlando, FL. 

Hung, Yu-Han. (2007). Gender Issues of History Curriculum. Proceedings of the 2007 Gender Issues of Curriculum Design Conference of Ministry of Education. Taiwan.

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