Yong Zhao, Ph.D

School of Education - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Foundation Distinguished Professor
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
University of Kansas
1122 W. Campus Rd.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Summerfield Hall



Summary

Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes (2016), Never Send a Human to Do a Machine's Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes (2015),Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (2009) and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (2012). He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education.

Until December, 2010, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

Zhao was born in China's Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his A.M. in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.

Education

Ph.D., Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

AM, Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.A., Language Education, Sichuan International Studies University

Research

Ph. D. in Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996.

AM. in Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994.

BA. in English Language Education, Sichuan International Studies University, 1986.

Work Experiences

1. August 18 2016-Present, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas.

2. December, 2010-June 2016, Presidential Chair, Weiman Professor of Technology, Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership, College of Education, University of Oregon.

3. August, 2013-June 2016, Director, Institute for Global and Online Education, University of Oregon

4. December, 2010-August, 2013, Associate Dean, College of Education, University of Oregon.

5. July, 2005—December, 2010, University Distinguished Professor, College of Education, Michigan State University.

6. April 2006—December, 2010, Executive Director, Confucius Institute, Michigan State University.

7. July, 2004—July, 2005 Professor of Technology in Teaching and Learning, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University

8. July, 2001—June, 2004 Associate Professor of Technology in Teaching and Learning, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University

9. August, 1996 — July, 2001 Assistant Professor of Technology in Teaching and Learning, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University

10. January, 2004—Present, Founding Director, US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence, Michigan State University

11. 1999—Present, Founding Director, Office of Teaching and Technology, College of Education, Michigan State University.

Selected Publications

Zhao, Y. (in press). What Works Hurts: Side Effects of Education, New York: Teachers College Press.

Zhao, Y. (2018). Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Zhao, Y. & Gearin, B. (2017). Paradigm Shift: Fostering an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Schools. RICERCAZIONE, 8(2).

Zhao, Y. & Wang, Y. (2017). Guarding the Past or Inventing the Future: Education Reforms in East Asia. In Y. Zhao & B. Gearin (Eds.), Imagining the Future of Global Education: Dreams and Nightmares (pp. 143-159). New York: Routeledge.

Zhao, Y. & Gearin, B. (2017). Imagining the Future of Global Education: Dreams and Nightmares, New York: Routeledge.

Zhao, Y. (2017). Torture is not Good Education The Washington Post.

Zhao, Y. (2017). The West and Asian education: a fatal attraction. The New Internationalist,(NI505).

Zhao, Y. (2017). Foreword. In H. A Spires (Ed.), Digital Transformation and Innovation in Chinese Education (pp. xvi-xviii). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Zhao, Y. (2017). What works may hurt: Side effects in education. Journal of Educational Change, 18(1), 1-19.

Zhao, Y. (2016). Who’s Afraid of PISA: The Fallacy of International Assessment of System Performance. (pp. 7-21). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Zhao, Y. (2016). Counting what Counts: Education Outcomes that Matter, Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

Zhao, Y. Tavenger, H. McCaren, E. Rshaid, G. & Tucker, K. (2016). Product-oriented Learning: Redefining Project-based Learning, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Zhao, Y. Tavenger, H. McCaren, E. Rshaid, G. & Tucker, K. (2016). Schools as Global Enterprises, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Zhao, Y. (2016). Don’t Read too Much Into It: What the Brexit and US Election Surprises Can Teach Us about PISA The Washington Post.

Zhao, Y. (2016). East Asians topped U.S. students again on international tests. But are their schools really better? The Washington Post.

Zhao, Y. (2016). From Deficiency to Strength: Shifting the Mindset about Education Inequality. Journal of Social Issues, 72(4), 716–735.

Zhao, Y. (2016). What Easter Island’s colossal stone statues teach about the dangers of modern school reform The Washington Post.

Zhao, Y. Zhang, G. M., Lei, J. & Wei, Q. (2015). Never Send a Man to Do a Machine’s Job: Redefining the Relationships between Technology and Teachers, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Zhao, Y. Tavenger, H. McCaren, E. Rshaid, G. & Tucker, K. (2015). Student Autonomy and Personalized Education, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Zhao, Y. (2015). Globalization and Education. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences(2nd ed.) (pp. 247-253). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier.

Zhao, Y. (2015). A World at Risk: An Imperative for a Paradigm Shift to Cultivate 21st Century Learners. Society, 52(1). DOI:10.1007/s12115-015-9872-8

Zhao, Y. (2015). Never send a human to do a machine’s job:’ Five big mistakes in education technology and how to fix them The Washington Post.

Harris, A. Zhao, Y. & Jones, M. (2015). Why borrowing from the ‘best’ school systems sounds good — but isn’t The Washington Post.

Harris, A. & Zhao, Y. (2015). PISA’s potentially dangerous problems — and what to do about them The Washington Post.

Zhang, G. M., & Zhao, Y. (2014). Achievement Gap in China. In J. V. Clark (Ed.), Closing the Achievement Gap from an International Perspective (pp. 217-228). New York, NY: Springer.

Zhao, Y. & Meyer, H. (2014). High on PISA, Low on Entrepreneurship? What PISA Does Not Measure. In H. Meyer & A. Benavot (Eds.), PISA, Power, and Policy: The Emergence of Global Educational Governance (pp. 267-278). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Zhao, Y. (2014). Mass Localism. In M. A. Peters, T. Besley, & D. Araya (Eds.), The New Development Paradigm: Education, Knowledge Economy and Digital Futures (pp. 213-225). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Zhao, Y. (2014). Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Word’s Best and Worst Education, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Zhao, Y. (2013). Directions of Change: Why the United States and China Are Moving in Opposite Directions. In H. Malone (Ed.), Lead Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-system Reform (pp. 16-19). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Zhao, Y. & Lei, J. (2013). Distance Education. In J. Hattie & E. M. Anderman (Eds.), International Guide to Student Achievement (pp. 442-444). New York, NY: Routledge.

Tienken, C. H., & Zhao, Y. (2013). How Common Standards and Standardized Testing Widen the Opportunity Gap. In P. L. Carter & K. G. Welner (Eds.), Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance (pp. 111-122). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Zhao, Y. (2013). Sweet Potatoes: A Great Education by Accident. In Y. Wang & Y. Zhao (Eds.), Seeking the Common Dreams between the Worlds: Stories of Chinese Immigrant Faculty in North American Higher Education (pp. 29-36). Charlotte, NC: IAP.

Zhao, Y. (2013). [Review of the book Inequality for All: The Challenge of Unequal Opportunity in American Schools, by William Schmidt and Curtis McKnight]. Journal of American Education, 119(4), 641-647.

Zhao, Y. (2013). U-turn to Prosperity. Educational Leadership, 70(5), 57-59.

Zhao, Y. (2013). China’s new education reform: Reducing importance of test scores The Washington Post.

Zhao, Y. (2013). New questions on the Common Core Standards The Washington Post.

Caldwell, B. Loader, D. Harris, J. & Zhao, Y. (2012). Capital Formation in the Futures Focused School: Indicators of Breakthrough in School Improvement. In C. Day (Ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Teacher and School Development (pp. 410-420). New York, NY: Routledge.

Zhao, Y. (2012). [Review of the book Teacher Education around the World, edited by Linda Darling-Hammon & Ann Lieverman]. Comparative Education Review, 56(4), 727-729.

Zhao, Y. (2012). World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Zhang, G. Zhao, Y. & Lei, J. (2012). Looking forward to a special issue on educational innovations in China. On the Horizon, 20(2), 104-109.

Zhao, Y. (2012). Reforming Chinese Education: What China is Trying to Learn from America. The Solutions Magazine, 2(2), 38-43.

Zhao, Y. (2012). Flunking Innovation and Creativity. Phi Delta Kappan, 94(1), 56-61.

Zhang, G. M., Lei, J., & Zhao, Y. (Eds.). (2012). Special issue on education in China. On the Horizon 20(2)

Coppola, B. & Zhao, Y. (2012). U.S. Education in Chinese Lock Step? Bad Move.

Zhao, Y. (Ed.). (2011). Handbook of Asian Education (Y. Zhao, Ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Jackson, L. A., von Eye, A. Witt, E. A., Zhao, Y. & Fitzgerald, H. E. (2011). A longitudinal study of the effects of Internet use and videogame playing on academic performance and the roles of gender, race and income in these relationships. Computers and Human Behavior, 27(1), 228-239.

Frank, K. A., Zhao, Y. Penuel, W. R., & Porter, S. (2011). Focus, Fiddle, and Friends: Experiences that Transform Knowledge for the Implementation of Innovations. Sociology of Education, 84, 137-156.

Jackson, L. A., von Eye, A. Fitzgerald, H. E., Witt, E. A., & Zhao, Y. (2011). Internet use, videogame playing and cell phone use as predictors of children’s body mass index (BMI), body weight, academic performance, and social and overall self-esteem. Computers and Human Behavior, 27, 1.

Zhao, Y. (2011). Oba: A global collaborative learning platform. http://obaverse.net

Zhao, Y. (2011). Doublethink: The Creativity-Testing Conflict.

Zhao, Y. Lai, C. & Zhang, G. M. (2010). Digital Delivery of Curriculum. In B. McGaw, P. L. Peterson, & E. Baker (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Education (3rd ed.). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier.

Tienken, C. H., & Zhao, Y. (2010). Common core national curriculum standards: More questions and answers. AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, 6(3), 3-10.

Jackson, L. A., von Eye, A. Fitzgerald, A. E., Zhao, Y. & Witt, E. A. (2010). Self-concept, self-esteem, gender, race and Information Technology use. Computers and Human Behavior, 26, 323-328.

Zhao, Y. (2010). Technology and the Virtual World Are the New Reality Principal, pp. 14-17.

Zhao, Y. & Lei, J. (2009). New Technology. In G. Sykes, B. Schneider, & D. Plank (Eds.), Handbook of Educational Policy Research (pp. 671-693). New York, NY: Routledge (Taylor and Francis).

Zhao, Y. (2009). What Knowledge Is of Most Worth in the Global and Digital Economy? In . (Ed.), What Will Tomorrow’s Schools Teach? (pp. 9-13). Amherst, MA: Evaluation Systems Pearson.

Zhao, Y. (2009). Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization, Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Zhao, Y. (2009). Comments on the Common Core Standards. AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, 6(3), 46-54.

Jackson, L. A., Zhao, Y. Witt, E. A., Fitzgerald, H. E., & von Eye, A. (2009). Gender, race and morality in the virtual world and its relationship to morality in the real world. Sex Roles, 60(11), 859-869.

Harris, J. Zhao, Y. & Caldwell, B. (2009). Global characteristics of school transformation in China. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 29(4), 413-426.

Zhao, Y. (2009). Two Million Minutes: Moderated Discussions by David Post. Comparative Education Review, 51(1), 113-137.

Zhao, Y. & Qiu, W. (2009). How Good Are the Asians Refuting Four Myths about Asian American Academic Achievement. Phi Delta Kappan, 90(5), 338-344.

Zhao, Y. (2009). Over the Top: Six Tips for Winning “Race to the Top” Money. Education Week, 29(15), 21. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2009/12/16/15zhao_ep.h29.html?qs=yong%20zhao

Zhao, Y. (2009). Wanted: Global Villagers. Educational Leadership, 67(1), 60-65.

Zhao, Y. (2009). Homogenization or Diversification SecEd, http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/cgi-bin/go.pl/article/article.html?uid=45278;type_uid=1

Lai, C. Zhao, Y. & Li, N. (2008). Designing a Distance Foreign Language Learning Environment. In P. Winke & S. Goertler (Eds.), Opening doors through distance language education: Principles, perspectives, and practices. San Marcos, TX: Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO).

Qiu, W. Zhao, Y. & Lai, C. (2008). Game Design: A Compelling Experience. In R. Ferdig (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Effective Electronic Gaming in Education. New York, NY: IDEA Group.

Zhao, Y. & Lai, C. (2008). Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGS) And Foreign Language Education. In R. Ferdig (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Effective Electronic Gaming in Education. New York, NY: IDEA Group.

Zhao, Y. Bo, Y. & Lei, J. (2008). The Logic and Logic Model of Technology Evaluation. In J. Voogt & G. Knezek (Eds.), International Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education. New York, NY: Springer.

Zhao, Y. Wang, A. L., & Yang, W. Z. (2008). Meiguo Zhongxiaoxue Jiaoshi [Teaching in the United States], Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press.

Zhao, Y. Ni, R. H., Qiu, W. Yang, W. Z., Zhang, G. M., & Chen, Q. (2008). Why Not the Best Schools? China Report, Canberra, Australia: ACER Press.

Zhao, Y. Ni, R. H., Qiu, W. Yang, W. Z., Zhang, G. M., & Chen, Q. (2008). Why Not the Best Schools? US Report, Canberra, Australia: ACER Press.

Zhao, Y. Zhang, G. Yang, W. Kirkland, D. Han, X. & Zhang, J. (2008). A comparative study of educational research in China and the United States. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 28(1), 1-17.

Jackson, L. A., Zhao, Y. Qiu, W. Kolenic, A. Fitzgerald, H. E., Harold, R. & von Eye, A. (2008). Culture, gender and information technology use: A comparison of Chinese and U.S. youth. Computers in Human Behavior, 2817-2829.

Jackson, L. A., Fitzgerald, H. E., Zhao, Y. Kolenic, A. & von Eye, A. (2008). Information Technology (IT) use and children's psychological well-being. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 1-3.

Lei, J. & Zhao, Y. (2008). One-To-One Computing: What Does It Bring To Schools? Journal of Educational Computing Research, 39(2), 97-122.

Jackson, L. A., Zhao, Y. Kolenic, A. Fitzgerald, H. E., Harold, R. & von Eye, A. (2008). Race, gender and Information Technology use: The new digital divide. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 11(4), 1-6.

Zhao, Y. (2008). What Knowledge Has the Most Worth? Reconsidering how to cultivate skills in U.S. students to meet the demands of global citizenry. The School Administrator, 65(2). http://www.aasa.org/publications/saarticledetail.cfm?ItemNumber=9737&snItemNumber=&tnItemNumber=

Zhao, Y. & Lai, C. (2007). Technology and Second Language Learning: Promises and Problems. In L. A. Parker (Ed.), Technology-Based Learning Environments for Young English Learners: In and Out of School Connections. Mawhaw, NJ: LEA.

Zhao, Y. (2007). [Review of the book English and Globalisation: Perspectives from China and Hong Kong]. Journal of Language and Society

Lei, J. Conway, P. F., & Zhao, Y. (2007). Digital Pencil: One-to-one Computing for Children, New York, NY: Routledge.

Mishra, P., Koehler, M. J., & Zhao, Y. (Eds.). (2007). Faculty Development by Design: Integrating Technology in Higher Education (P. Mishra, M. J. Koehler, & Y. Zhao, Eds.). Greenwich, CT: IAP.

Zhao, Y. Lustick, D. & Yang, W. Z. (2007). Haoxuexiao Haoxuesheng [Good Schools, Good Students: Research Findings on Effective Schools], Shanghai, China: East China Normal University Press.

Zhao, Y. & Yang, W. Z. (2007). Meiguo jiaoyu yanjiu qianyan [Frontiers in American Educational Research], Shanghai, China: East China Normal University Press.

Lei, J. & Zhao, Y. (2007). Computer Uses and Student Achievement: A longitudinal Study. Computers & Education, 49(2), 284-296.

Zhao, Y. (2007). Speech Technology and Its Potential for Special Education. Journal of Special Education Technology, 22(3), 35-41.

Zhao, Y. (2007). China and the Whole Child. Educational Leadership, 64(8), 70-73.

Zhao, Y. (2007). Education in the Flat World: Implications of Globalization on Education. Edge Magazine (Phi Delta Kappa International), 2(4), 1-19.

Zhao, Y. Frank, K. & Ellefson, N. (2006). Fostering Meaningful Teaching and Learning with Technology: Characteristics of Effective professional Development Efforts. In R. Floden & E. Ashburn (Eds.), Leadership for Meaningful Learning with Technology. Teachers College Press.

Zhao, Y. (2006). Chuantong yu Chuanxin: Jiaoyujishu mantan [Tradition and Innovation: The Reciprocal Relationship between Technology and Education], Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press.

Lai, C. & Zhao, Y. (2006). Noticing and Text-based Chat. Language Learning and Technology, 10(3), 102-120.

Zhao, Y. (2006). Are We Fixing the Wrong Things? Educational Leadership, 63(8), 28-31.

Zhao, Y. & Wang, A. L. (2006). Technology as a Means to Achieve Educational Goals: A Critique On AECT’s Definition Of Educational Technology. Educational Technology Information, 5.

Zhao, Y. & Wang, A. L. (2006). The Impact of Technology on Teachers (I) . Educational Technology Information, 9.

Zhao, Y. & Wang, A. L. (2006). The Impact of Technology on Teachers (II). Educational Technology Information, 10.

Zhao, Y. & Wang, A. L. (2006). The Interactions Between Educational Technology and Learning. Educational Technology Information, 7.

Zhao, Y. Zhang, G. M., & Li, N. (2006). The Life of the Internet Colleges: Policies, Problems, and Prospects of Online Higher Education in China. EDUCAUSE Review, 41(6), 48-59. DOI:http://www.educause.edu/apps/er/erm06/erm0662.asp?bhcp=1

Zhao, Y. & Wang, A. L. (2006). The Relationship Between Technology and Education. Educational Technology Information, 6.

Zhao, Y. (2006). Zon:New Chengo.

Zhao, Y. (2006). Chinese Your Way: An Interactive Online Chinese Course.

Jackson, L. A., von Eye, A. Biocca, F. Barbatsis, G. Zhao, Y. & Fitsgerald, H. (in press). Children's Home Internet Use: Predictors and Psychological, Social and Academic Consequence. In R. Kraut (Ed.), Computers, phones, and the Internet (pp. 145-167). New York: Oxford University Press.

Zhao, Y. (2006). A Pause before Plunging Through the China Looking Glass.

Zhao, Y. (2006). Creativity cannot be Taught, but it can be Killed.

Zhao, Y. Lei, J. & Conway, P. (2005). A Global Perspective on Political Definitions of E-Learning: Commonalities And Differences In National Educational Technology Plans. In J. Weiss, J. Nolan, & P. Trifonas (Eds.), The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Zhao, Y. (2005). Guiding Principals for Scientific Inquiry and Implications for Research on Technology and Language Education. In Y. Zhao (Ed.), Research in Technology and Language Education: Developments and Directions (pp. 3-16). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Bo, Y. Lei, J. & Zhao, Y. (2005). Looking for the Future in History: The Application of Meta-analysis in Educational Technology Research. In F. L. Li (Ed.), Research Methods in Computers for Education (jisuanji jiaoyu yanjiu fangfa). Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press.

Frank, K. A., & Zhao, Y. (2005). Subgroups as a Meso-level Entity in the Social Organization of Schools. In L. Hedges & B. Schneider (Eds.), The Social Organization of Schooling (pp. 279-318). New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation Publications.

Lai, C. & Zhao, Y. (2005). The Essence of Second Language Education and Technology Integration. In Y. Zhao (Ed.), Research in Technology and Language Education: Developments and Directions (pp. 401-408). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Zhao, Y. (2005). The Future of Research in Technology and Second Language Education: Challenges and Possibilities. In Y. Zhao (Ed.), Research in Technology and Language Education: Developments and Directions (pp. 445-460). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Lai, C. & Zhao, Y. (2005). The Importance of Input and the Potential of Technology for Enhancing Input. In Y. Zhao (Ed.), Research in Technology and Language Education: Developments and Directions (pp. 95-102). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Zhao, Y. Lei, J. & Frank, K. (2005). Theoretical Innovation and Empirical Testing: Research Design in Educational Technology. In F. L. Li (Ed.), Research Methods in Computers for Education (jisuanji jiaoyu yanjiu fangfa). Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press.

Zhao, Y. & Lei, J. (2005). [Review of the book A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age]. Teachers College Record

Zhao, Y. (Ed.). (2005). New Era Interactive English (Y. Zhao, Ed.). Beijing, China: Tsinghua University Press.

Zhao, Y. (Ed.). (2005). Research in Technology and Language Education: Developments and Directions (Y. Zhao, Ed.). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Englert, C. S., Wu, X. & Zhao, Y. (2005). Cognitive Tools for Writing: Scaffolding the Performance of Students through Technology. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 20(3), 184-198.

Englert, C. S., Zhao, Y. Collings, N. & Romig, N. (2005). Learning to Read Words: The Effects of Internet-Based Software in the Improvement of Reading Performance. Remedial and Special Education, 26, 357-373.

Zhao, Y. & Lei, J. (2005). Teacher Educational Technology Professional Development: Problems and Solutions. China Educational Technology, 9, 10-15.

Zhao, Y. Lei, J. Yan, B. Tan, H. S., & Lai, C. (2005). What Makes the Difference: A Practical Analysis of Effectiveness of Distance Education. Teachers College Record, 107(8), 1836-1884.

Zhao, Y. & Lei, J. (2005). Defining Educational Technology: the Translation Between Education and Technology. Educational Technology Information, 4.

Zhao, Y. (2005). Increasing Math and Science Achievement: The Best and Worst of the East and West. Phi Delta Kappan, 87(3).

Zhao, Y. & Lei, J. (2005). Preparing Teachers To Use Educational Technology. Educational Technology Information, 7-8.

Zhao, Y. & Lei, J. (2005). Teacher Educational Technology Professional Development: Problems and Solutions. China Educational Technology, 9, 10-15.

Zhao, Y. Lei, J. & Frank, K. (2005). The Ecological Analysis of Technology Use in Schools (I). Educational Technology Information, 10.

Zhao, Y. Lei, J. & Frank, K. (2005). The Ecological Analysis of Technology Use in Schools (II). Educational Technology Information, 11.

Zhao, Y. & Lei, J. (2005). The Major Issues in Launching Large-scale Technology Projects in Schools. Educational Technology Information, 6.

Zhao, Y. & Lei, J. (2005). The Uses of Technology in Teaching and Learning. Educational Technology Information, 5.

Zhao, Y. Bo, Y. & Ni, R. (2004). Campus English: An Multimedia Guide, Beijing, China: Tsinghua University Press.

Zhao, Y., Wang, Q., & Chen, L. (Trans.). (2004). Jiaoyu Jishu de Shehui Wenhua Yanjiu [Social Cultural Analysis of Educational Technology] (Y. Zhao, Q. Wang, & L. Chen, Trans.). Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press.

Zhao, Y., Wang, Q., & Li, M. (Trans.). (2004). Jiaoyu Jishu de Sheji yu Kaifa [Educational Technology Design and Development] (Y. Zhao, Q. Wang, & M. Li, Trans.). Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press.

Zhao, Y. (2004). An Analysis of the Current Situation of School Information and Communication Technologies in Member Nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Zhao, Y. (2004). Assessing School Readiness for eLearning: Theoretical Framework and Indicators.

Zhao, Y. (2004). Speech Technology and Its Potentials for Special Education.

Zhao, Y. (2004). Technology in Second Language Learning: Promises and Problems.

Girod, M. Martineau, J. & Zhao, Y. (2004). After-School Computer Clubhouses and At-Risk Teens. American Secondary Education, 32(3).

Ferdig, R. Mishra, P. & Zhao, Y. (2004). Component Architectures and Web-based Learning Environments. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 15(1), 75-90.

Englert, C. S., Eagan, M. & Zhao, Y. (2004). I Can Do Better on the Computer: The Effects of Technology-Enabled Scaffolding on Young Writers. Journal of Special Education Technology, 19(1).

Frank, K. Zhao, Y. & Boreman, K. (2004). Social Capital and the Implementation of Computers in Schools. Sociology of Education, 77(2), 148-171.

Zhao, Y. Smith, B. Alvarez, M. & Tan, H. S. (2004). The Non-neutrality of Technology: A Taxonomy of CMC Technologies. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 30(1), 23-54.

Jackson, L. A., von Eye, A. Barbatsis, G. Biocca, F. Fitzgerald, H. E., & Zhao, Y. (2004). The Social Impact of Internet Use on the Other Side of the Digital Divide. Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, 47(7), 43-47.

Zhao, Y. & Urban-Lurain, M. (2004). Evaluation Report of the Freedom to Learn Project.

Zhao, Y. & Lei, J. (2004). [Review of the book Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology]. Education Review http://edrev.asu.edu/reviews/rev255.htm

Zhao, Y. & Kendall, C. (2003). Educational Technology Standards for teachers: Issues of validity, reliability, and feasibility. In Y. Zhao (Ed.), What Should Teachers Know about Technology: Perspectives and Practices. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Conway, P. & Zhao, Y. (2003). From Luddites to Designers: Portraits of Teachers and Technology in Political Documents. In Y. Zhao (Ed.), What Should Teachers Know about Technology: Perspectives and Practices. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Jackson, L. A., Barbatsis, G. Biocca, F. Zhao, Y. von Eye, A. & Fitzgerald, H. E. (2003). HomeNetToo: Home Internet Use in Low-Income Families: Is Access to the Internet Enough? In E. P. Bucy & J. E. Newhagen (Eds.), Media access: Social and psychological dimensions of new technology use. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Zhao, Y. (2003). Introduction: What Teachers Need to know about Technology? Framing the question. In Y. Zhao (Ed.), What Should Teachers Know about Technology: Perspectives and Practices. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Zhao, Y. (2003). What Exemplary Technology-Using Teachers Know: Empirical Evidence. In Y. Zhao (Ed.), What Should Teachers Know about Technology: Perspectives and Practices. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Zhao, Y., Wang, Q., & Wu, F. T. (Trans.). (2003). Guowai Wangluo Jiaoyu de Yanjiu yu Fazhan [Research and Development in Web-based Education in Foreign Countries] (Y. Zhao, Q. Wang, & F. T. Wu, Trans.). Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press.

Zhao, Y., Wang, Q., Zhang, J. W., & Sun, Y. Q. (Trans.). (2003). Jiaoyu Jishu de Xinlixue Yanjiu [Psychological Perspectives on Educational Technology] (Y. Zhao, Q. Wang, J. W. Zhang, & Y. Q. Sun, Trans.). Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press.

Zhao, Y., Wang, Q., Miao, R., & Zhao, G. D. (Trans.). (2003). Jiaoyu Jishu Yanjiu de Fangfa yu Celue [Research Methodology in Educational Technology] (Y. Zhao, Q. Wang, R. Miao, & G. D. Zhao, Trans.). Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press.

Zhao, Y. (Ed.). (2003). What Should Teachers Know about Technology: Perspectives and Practices (Y. Zhao, Ed.). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Lai, C. & Zhao, Y. (2003). An Analysis of Communicative Technologies for Language Learning.

Zhao, Y. (2003). Evaluating An International Web-based Language Learning Project: A Logical Model and Framework.

Zhao, Y. (2003). A Comprehensive Review of Research on Technology Uses in Language Education. The CALICO Journal, 21(1), 7-27.

Garner, R. Gillingham, M. & Zhao, Y. (2003). Digitizing Old Photographs for the Web. First Monday, 8(1). http://www.firstmonday.dk/

Smith, B. Alvarez-Torres, M. J., & Zhao, Y. (2003). Features of CMC Technologies and Their Impact on Language Learners' Online Interaction. Computers in Human Behavior.

Jackson, L. A., Barbatsis, G. von Eye, A. Biocca, F. Zhao, Y. & Fitzgerald, H. E. (2003). Implications for the Digital Divide of Internet Use in Low-income Families. IT & Society, 1(5), 219-244. http://www.ITandSociety.org

Jackson, L. A., von Eye, A. Biocca, F. Barbatsis, G. Fitzgerald, H. E., & Zhao, Y. (2003). Internet Attitudes and Internet Use: Some Surprising Findings from the HomeNetToo Project. International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 59(3), 355-382.

Jackson, L. A., von Eye, A. Biocca, F. A., Barbatsis, G. Fitzgerald, H. E., & Zhao, Y. (2003). Personality, Cognitive Style and Internet Use. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 62(2), 72-90.

Pugh, K. & Zhao, Y. (2003). Stories of Teacher Alienation: A Look at the Unintended Consequences of Efforts to Empower Teachers. Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, 19, 187-201.

Lai, C. & Zhao, Y. (2003). US-China Web-based Language Education System. New Waves - Educational Research & Development.

Garner, R. Gillingham, M. & Zhao, Y. (2003). Writing photo captions for the Web. First Monday, 8(9). http://www.firstmonday.dk

Zhao, Y. & Seppo, T. (Eds.). (2003). Special Issue on Technology and Teacher Education. Language Learning and Technology

Zhao, Y. & Frank, K. (2003). Technology Uses in Schools: An Ecological Perspective. American Educational Research Journal, 40(4), 807-840.

Garner, R. Zhao, Y. & Gillingham, M. (2002). An Alternative to Self-Care in a Small Midwestern Town. In R. Garner, Y. Zhao, & M. Gillingham (Eds.), Hanging Out: Community-Based After-School Programs for Children. Thousand Oaks, CA: Greenwood Press.

Zhao, Y. & Gillingham, M. (2002). Ingredients of Successful After-School Programs: The Experience of KLICK. In R. Garner, Y. Zhao, & M. Gillingham (Eds.), Hanging Out: Community-Based After-School Programs for Children. Thousand Oaks, CA: Greenwood Press.

Garner, R., Zhao, Y., & Gillingham, M. (Eds.). (2002). Hanging Out: Community-Based After-School Programs for Children (R. Garner, Y. Zhao, & M. Gillingham, Eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Greenwood Press.

Zhao, Y. (2002). Assessing the Effectiveness of Computer-assisted Language Learning: A Meta-analysis.

Garner, R. Zhao, Y. & Gillingham, M. (2002). Children’s Use of New Technology for Picture Taking. First Monday, 7(9). http://www.firstmonday.dk/

Zhao, Y. Byers, J. L., Puge, K. & Sheldon, S. (2002). Conditions for Classroom Technology Innovations. Teachers College Record, 104(3), 482-515.

Zhao, Y. Byers, J. & Hershey, K. (2002). Access to Universal Service Funds in Michigan Schools.

Zhao, Y. Tan, H. S., & Bright, T. (2002). Distribution Patterns of the Michigan Curriculum Framework and Best Practices CD ROM.

Zhao, Y. Frank, K. Byers, J. L., Ellefson, N. & Porter, S. (2002). Effective Professional Development Strategies.

Zhao, Y. & Frank, K. (2002). Technology Uses in Michigan Schools.

Zhao, Y. & Frank, K. (2002). A Rubric for Assessing Professional Development Programs.

Zhao, Y. Tan, H. S., & Bright, T. (2002). Technology Pioneers Program: An Evaluation Report.

Englert, C. S., & Zhao, Y. (2001). Reflections on Three Projects: The Construction of Knowledge in a Collaborative Community. In L. Cuban & J. Woodward (Eds.), Implementing technology in Special Education: Implications for curriculum, professional development, and managing change. CA: Corwin Press.

Zhao, Y. (2001). What’s Worth Looking for?: Research Issues in Evaluating Large-Scale Educational Technology Investment. In W. Heinecke & J. Willis (Eds.), Research Methods for Educational Technology. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Zhao, Y. (2001). Information Technology as Language: New Perspectives on IT Education. In Selected Papers of the International Conference on IT Education. Changchun, China: Northeast China Normal University.

Zhao, Y. (2001). What Should Teachers Know about Technology: Framing the Question. In Selected Keynote Addresses of the International Symposium on Basic Education Reform and Teacher Education. Beijing, China: Chinese Ministry of Education.

Zhao, Y. & Rop, S. (2001). A Critical Review of the Literature on Electronic Teacher Networks. International Journal of Education and Information Technology, 6(2), 81-94.

Alvarez-Torres, M. Mishra, P. & Zhao, Y. (2001). Judging Book by its Cover! Cultural Stereotyping of Interactive Media and its Effect on the Recall of Text Information. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 10(2), 161-183.

Zhao, Y. & Cziko, G. A. (2001). Teacher Adoption of Technology: A Perceptual-Control-Theory Perspective. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 9(1), 5-30.

Zhao, Y. (2001). What do They Know: A Comprehensive Portrait of Exemplary Technology Using Teachers. Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, 17(2), 24-36.

Zhao, Y. & Conway, P. (2001). What's In and What's Out?: An Analysis of State Technology Plans. Teachers College Record. http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=10717

Zhao, Y. (2000). Design for Adoption: The Development of a Web-based Integrated Learning Environment. In J. J. Hirschbuhl & D. Bishop (Eds.), Computers in Education. Sluick, CT: McGraw-Hill.

Zhao, Y. (2000). Top-Down, Bottom-Up, Or Somewhere In Between: An Evaluative Study Of Teacher Initiated Classroom Technology Innovations Supported By A State Grant Program. In Proceedings of SITE 2000. Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education. San Diego, Feb. 8-12, 2000.

Zhao, Y. & Tan, S. (2000). A Clubhouse is a Clubhouse, a Clubhouse. Journal of Computers and Human Behavior, 16(3), 287-300.

Garner, R. Zhao, Y. & Gillingham, M. (2000). After 3pm. Journal of Computers and Human Behavior, 16(3), 223-226.

Garner, R. & Zhao, Y. (2000). Afterschool Centers in Four Rural Communities in Michigan. Journal of Computers and Human Behavior, 16(3), 301-311.

Zhao, Y. Tan, S. H., & Mishra, P. (2000). Going Beyond the Teacher’s Machine. Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, 44(4).

Zhao, Y. Englert, C. S., Chen, J. Jones, S. C., & Ferdig, R. E. (2000). The Development of a Web-based Literacy Learning Environment: A Dialogue Between Innovation and Established Practices. Journal of Research on Computing in Education, 32(4), 435-454.

Zhao, Y. Worthington, V. L., & Ferdig, R. E. (2000). Understanding the Dialogue Between Technological Innovations and Established Practices: A Two-Year Study of the Development and Implementation of an Electronic Proposal Processing System. International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, 6(2), 159-178.

Zhao, Y. (2000). DramaMaker.

Garner, R., Zhao, Y., & Gillingham, M. (Eds.). (2000). Special Issue on Technology-rich After-school Programs. Journal of Computers in Human Behavior

Zhao, Y. (1999). Benefits and Costs of Technology in Schools: A Synthesis.

Zhao, Y. (1999). Building Technology-rich Informal Learning Environments.

Zhao, Y. (1999). Conditions for Classroom Technology Integration.

Zhao, Y. (1999). Interfaith Marriage: Two Cultures of Teaching with Technology.

Mishra, P. Farmer, S. Zhao, Y. Ferdig, R. Alvarez-Torres, M. & Lindsey, T. (1999). Old Brain and New Media: Extending the Media Equation through Theory and Research. In Proceedings of the Cognitive Technologies Conference, (2 Dec. 1999) . http://www.cogtech.org/CT99

Zhao, Y. Mishra, P. Worthington, V. L., & Ferdig, R. E. (1999). A Socio-Technical Perspective on Web-Based Manuscript Management and Publishing: A Two-year Case Study. Vine, 111, 23-30.

Worthington, V. L., & Zhao, Y. (1999). Existential Anxiety and Technological Changes: Two Factors Ignored in the Research on Computer Anxiety in the Past. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 20(4), 299-316.

Mishra, P. Zhao, Y. & Tan, H. S. (1999). From Concept to Software: Unpacking the Black Box of Design. Journal of Research on Computing in Education, 32(2), 220-238.

Zhao, Y. & Banghart, R. (1999). College of Education Admission Essay Submission, Review and Management System. http://ott.educ.msu.edu

Ferdig, R. Zhao, Y. & Englert, C. S. (1999). Constructivist Teacher Education Practices: Teaching Teachers through TELE-Web. In Proceedings of SITE 1999. Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education. San Antonio, TX.

Worthington, V. L., & Zhao, Y. (1998). The Norms of an Educational Research Organization: How Practices May Change in the Context of Technological Innovation. In Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences 1998. Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Zhao, Y. (1998). Design for Adoption: The Development of a Web-Based Integrated Learning Environment. Journal of Research on Computing in Education, 30(3), 307-328.

Zhao, Y. (1998). The Effects of Anonymity on Peer Review. International Journal of Educational Telecommunication, 4(4), 311-346.

Zhao, Y. Rop, S. Banghart, R. Hou, K. & Hopper, A. (1998). Life on the Margins: Stories of TechGuides. In Proceedings of Site 1998. Washington, DC: Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education.

Zhao, Y. & Rop, S. (1998). The Meaning of Technology: A Model For Understanding Technology Adoption. In Proceedings of Site 1998. Washington, DC: Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education.

Chen, D. & Zhao, Y. (1997). eWeb and HomePage Maker: Making It Easier to Develop Content on the Web. Computer Assisted Language Learning: An International Journal, 10(5), 427-442.

Zhao, Y. (1997). The Effects of Listeners' Control of Speech Rate on Second Language Listening Comprehension. Applied Linguistics, 18(1), 49-68.

Zhao, Y. (1996). Language Learning on the World Wide Web: Toward a Framework of Network-based CALL. Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Journal, 14(1), 37-52.

Campbell, K. & Zhao, Y. (1996). Refining Knowledge in a Virtual Community: A Case-Based Collaborative Project. Technology and Teacher Education Annual.

Zhao, Y. & Campbell, K. P. (1996). Refining Knowledge in a Virtual Community: A Network-based Collaborative Project for Pre-service Teachers. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 4(3/4), 263-280.

Zhao, Y. & Englert, C. S. (1996). Technology Enhanced Learning Environment. http://tele.educ.msu.edu/

Zhao, Y. (1996). Tiger. http://zhao.educ.msu.edu/aera

Zhao, Y. & Campbell, K. P. (1995). English in China. World Englishes, 4(3), 391-404.

Zhao, Y. (1995). Eudora2html. http://llc.willamette.edu/eudora2html/eudora2html.html

Zhao, Y. (1995). Real Time Speech Speed Control.

Zhao, Y. (1995). eWeb. http://zhao.educ.msu.edu/

Zhao, Y. (1995). EXCHANGE. http://www.ed.uiuc.edu/exchange/

Zhao, Y. (1995). German Verbs.

Zhao, Y. (1995). HomePage Maker. http://zhao.educ.msu.edu/

Zhao, Y. (1995). Language Learning Center/Learning Resources Server at Willamette University. http://llc.willamette.edu

Zhao, Y. (1995). NetVenture.

Zhao, Y. (1995). WWW Literacy Classroom. http://www.ed.uiuc.edu/edpsy-387/ZHAO-Yong/literacy.html

Zhao, Y. (1994). Theories of Language Learning. In L. R. Yang (Ed.), Methodology of Teaching English as a Second Language. Shangdong: Shangdong University Press.

Dalton, P. & Zhao, Y. (1994). Family and Early Childhood Education in China. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 30(4), 153-162.

Campbell, K. P., & Zhao, Y. (1993). The Dilemma of English Language Instruction in the People's Republic of China. TESOL Journal, 2(4), 4-6.

Zhao, Y. (1992). Computer-based Language Teaching: Theory and Practice, Yunnan: Yunnan Provincial Education Commission and Educational Technology Bureau.

Zhao, Y. Zhou, J. D., & Zhang, Y. Y. (1992). Testing Self-educated English Learners, Chongqing: Chongqing Publishing House.

Zhao, Y. (1992). A Paradigm for Evaluating Experimental Programs in EFL in China: Theoretical and Practical Considerations. Teaching Foreign Languages in Schools, 9.

Zhao, Y. (1992). Commonalty or Individuality: A Model to Describe Experiments of Methods in ELT. Language Teaching in Schools, 8.

Zhao, Y. (1992). Syntactic and Discourse Components in Reading English as a Foreign Language: an Experiment. Foreign Languages Teaching Forum, 4, 1992.

Zhao, Y. (1992). A Handy Software for Scoring, Item Analysis, and Statistics for Teacher-made Tests.

Zhao, Y. (1992). An English Language Instruction Software for Secondary School Learners .

Zhao, Y. (1991). A Comparative Study of English Proficiency of Full-time and Self-educated English Learners. Journal of Sichuan International Studies University, 4.

Zhao, Y. (1991). Chinese Students Language Learning Behaviors: A Survey. Foreign Language Teaching and Research, 2, 1991.

Zhao, Y. (1991). Learning Behaviors and Achievement in Language Proficiency. Journal of Sichuan International Studies University, 1.

Zhao, Y. (1991). Ten Features in Foreign Language Learning. Journal of Fuling Teachers College, 1.

Zhao, Y. (1991). On the Validity of Experimental Research. Foreign Language Teaching in Schools.

Zhao, Y. (1990). Education or Training: On the Goals of Intensive Reading Course in Language Institutes. Teaching Foreign Language and Literature, 2.

Zhao, Y. (1990). Self-concept and Language Teaching. Educational Research and Applications in Sichuan, 4&5.

Zhao, Y. (1988). English Readings in Education: a course book for senior English teacher trainees, Chongqing: Sichuan International Studies University.

Zhao, Y. (1987). Toward a Content-based Curriculum for ELT Teachers Training Programs. Foreign Languages and Literature, 4.

Selected Grants

Zhao, Yong, (Principal), Basham, James, (Co-Principal), Frank, Kenneth, (Co-Principal), Classrooms as Enterprises: Improving STEM Education Through Authentic Entrepreneurship Experiences, NSF, $2,999,965, Submitted 12/05/2016 . Federal. Status: Proposal Submitted.

Zhao, Yong, (Principal), Basham, James, (Co-Principal), Enhancing Entrepreneurial Capacities and Engagement in STEM (EECE), NSF, $1,499,782, Submitted 09/08/2016 . Federal. Status: Proposal Submitted.

Selected Awards & Honors

Outstanding Public Educator 2017 Horace Mann League
Horace Mann League
2017 - Present


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