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Haeryun Choi

Haeryun Choi

Associate Professor of Education

B.A., Seoul National University (South Korea)M.Ed., State University of New York at BuffaloPh.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Description

Dr. Choi was born and raised in South Korea. She taught moral education and history at a junior high school in South Korea before deciding to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in the United States. In 2001, she earned a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the philosophy of education. Dr. Choi teaches various courses in philosophy of education, foundations of education (undergraduate), social foundations of education (graduate) and contemporary philosophy of education (graduate). Her academic interests focus on Socrates, Rousseau, moral education, aesthetic/arts education and ethnic identity.

Dr. Choi’s scholarly work and publications continue to explore those themes. Her latest project, “Korean-American immigrant parents’ experience in urban schools,” developed in conjunction with Dr. Jeong-eun Rhee of Long Island University and New York City public school teachers, seeks to gain greater understanding of how increasingly diverse student populations may require different educational training for pre-service teachers. In 2006, Dr. Choi served as consultant with her colleagues in the School of Education on a Department of Justice-granted project to study the ways in which aesthetic education can be used to improve academic skills. From 2005-2009, Dr. Choi collaborated again with her colleagues to develop a Web site using Rembrandt’s works of art that was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Dr. Choi is active in several academic organizations in her discipline, including the Philosophy of Education Society in the United States (PES), the Mid-Atlantic States Philosophy of Education Society (MASPES), the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society (SAPES), the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She serves as treasurer and is a member of the program proposals committee for MASPES and is also a member of the yearbook review board for SAPES. Dr. Choi regularly writes about Socratic teaching, Rousseau, ethnic identity and aesthetic/art education. Her writing has been published in leading academic journals, such as Arts Education Policy Studies and Teachers College Record.

Specialties

Philosophy of Education, Socrates, Rousseau, Aesthetic/Arts Education, Moral Education, Ethnic Identity

Publications

  • Author, “Socratic Citizen: Building a Bridge between Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism,” published in the Yearbook of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society (2009)
  • Author, “Bakhtin Circle,” published in Research and Practice (2009)
  • Author, “Democratic Learning Environment: From Alienation to Ownership in the Classroom. Reviewed ‘An Existentialist Curriculum of Action’ by Shaireen Rasheed,” published in Teachers College Record (2009)
  • Co-author, “Expanding Arts Education in a Digital Age,” published in Arts Education Policy Review (2009)
  • Author, “A Dualism Revisited: Education for Comfort and Discomfort,” published in Philosophy of Education (2006)

Exhibits

  • Author, “Higher Education in South Korea,” presented at the Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education in New York State (AGATE) Annual Conference (2009)
  • Author, “To See the Light as the Goal of Liberal Education: An Analysis on the Allegory of the Cave,” presented at the New England Philosophy of Education Society Conference (2009)
  • Author, “Rousseau Revisited: Emile as a Democratic Citizen,” presented at the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Annual Meeting (2009)
  • Author, “Teaching Socrates in Technology and Globalization,” as part of symposium on “Reinventing Education Curriculum for a Globalized World,” presented at the Northeastern Educational Research Association (2008)
  • Author, “Socratic Citizen: Nationalism vs. Cosmopolitanism,” presented at the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Annual Meeting (2008)
  • Panelist, “Book Talk-Author Meets Critics: ‘An Existentialist Curriculum of Action’ by Shaireen Rasheed,” presented at Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference (2008)
  • Author, “Social Contract or Racial Contract: A Case of Seung Hui Cho,” part of roundtable discussion on “Violence and Hyper-Visibility of Minorities: A Case Study of the Virginia Tech Shooting,” presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (2008)
  • Author, “Racial Contract and Identity formation,” part of roundtable discussion on “Asians and Asian American Reflecting on the VT Shooting: Perspectives on Identity, Mental Illness, and Education, “ presented at the American Educational Studies Association Annual Conference (2007)
  • Panelist, “Socratic Dialogue: What Does Pragmatism offer Aesthetics and Vice Versa?” presented at the Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference (2007) Alternative Sessions.
  • Author, “A Dualism Revisited: Education for Comfort and Discomfort,” presented at the Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference (2006)
  • Author, “A Framework for Teaching American Rembrandts,” presented at the inaugural meeting for “Teaching Rembrandt in America” Research Project, which is a grantee of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Affiliations

  • Member, Philosophy of Education Society in the USA
  • Member, American Educational Research Association
  • Member, American Educational Studies Association
  • Member, Northeastern Educational Research Association
  • Treasurer, Mid-Atlantic States Philosophy of Education Society
  • Member, Program Proposals Committee, Mid-Atlantic States Philosophy of Education Society
  • Member, South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society
  • Member, Yearbook Review Board, South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society

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