Melody Kung, PhD

Research Interests

Reading growth, vocabulary development, second-language acquisition, bilingualism, dual language learners, English-as-a-second-language learners


  • Ph.D., Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • M.A., Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • B.A., Psychology and Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


I completed my doctoral studies in Early Childhood, Special Education, and Literacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In my dissertation, I examined whether the relationship between early reading instructional emphases and English reading ability growth differed for Asian language minority students, as compared to native-English-speakers.
I joined the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting of Kindergarten Readiness (ISTAR-KR) Enhancement Project in August 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher. Led by Dr. David Purpura (PI), the team will evaluate (1) content aspects such as alignment with Indiana’s foundations and potential gaps within item and content areas, (2) psychometric aspects such as reliability and validity, and (3) ways to improve the output for teachers and parents. In addition, I am interested in exploring dual language learners’ (DLLs) math language development in preschool as well as preschool teachers’ beliefs about and practices for promoting DLLs’ reading growth.

Melody Kung
Postdoctoral Researcher

(PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)

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