Qin’s fellowship research examines how language classrooms can be the site for social change by supporting immigrant students to learn and use their critical language skills to counter the impact of recent anti-immigration rhetoric and racism.
“Over the past few years, attacks on immigrants and their communities have ramped up, and young people are particularly affected, from their learning to their mental health and well-being,” says Qin. “We want to study how language teachers can incorporate the social reality of anti-immigrant sentiment into their classrooms with immigrant learners, and how students can be supported to use their language skills to understand the ideology around immigration and stand up for themselves and their communities to change the social realities.”
Qin will be conducting his research in New York City. He will be first collaborating with high school teachers of immigrant students to design a unit of language curriculum that centers on immigration issues and inequalities. The teachers will then teach the unit to their immigrant students to develop their critical and language skills to both understand social inequalities related to xenophobia and racism and to act upon them.
Students will be supported to use their critical language skills by looking at news and social media content to see how people circulate anti-immigration rhetoric, and then think about how they can counter those ideologies using their own voice and stories.
“I’m excited for the opportunity and for the support to help launch the project,” says Qin. “One of the most important things about the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is that it supports a generation of junior scholars who are not only doing important research, but also the bigger work of theory building to become leaders in their fields.”
Qin’s goal with this research is to develop more robust and anti-oppressive language and literacy education for immigrant learners.
Two NYU Steinhardt Professors Selected as 2022 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows
Professors Alejandro Ganimian and Kongji Qin are among the 25 fellows selected.
Janet Njelesani Awarded (NAEd)/Spencer Fellowship to Study Violence Against Students with Disabilities in Zambia
Janet Njelesani’s project, “Generating and Preventing Violence: Schools’ Responses to School Violence Against Students with Disabilities in Zambia,” will investigate how social, cultural, and institutional practices influence inclusion, protection, and education for children with disabilities.
From research grants to joint fellowships, Spencer and Steinhardt are connecting for research in the field of education.