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Eunice Jang

Eunice Jang
Program Chair, Developmental Psychology and Education Program

phone: (416) 978-0238

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

Dr. Eunice Eunhee Jang is Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development. Dr. Jangs research is largely situated in the areas of language assessment, educational measurement, and program evaluation. More specifically, Dr. Jang and her research team are actively involved in various research projects funded by the Ministry of Education and SSHRC programs. Some of them include:

1) Her SSHRC Insight Grant-funded research (2016-2021) advances teaching and learning through the integration of technology-rich assessment to pedagogy. BalanceAI is an AI-infused assessment platform which provides activities for elementary-school students and teachers. It assesses students' learning orientations (self-concept, goal orientations, self regulation, and grit), literacy skills, oral language ability, and cognitive functioning. It provides instant feedback for individual students and teachers.

2) The ISEF-funded research (2020-2022) is intended to develop a platform called International Student Support Dashboard (iSSD@OISE) to promote global scholarship and culturally responsive educational practice and policy. The primary objectives of the iSSD@OISE project are to support international students' academic oral and written language development through self-guided, mentor-led, and peer-to-peer support and automated feedback support, and further, to facilitate translanguaging and knowledge-sharing activities between international and domestic students. It will provide international students with relevant, practical, and discipline-specific oral and written language support tailored to students' discipline of study.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

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

Teaching Overview

Dr. Jang has taught the following courses at OISE:

APD 3202 A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences
APD 3228 Mixed Methods Research Design in Social Sciences
APD1296 Assessing School-Aged ELLs
APD1292 Instrument Design and Analysis
APD1209/1269 Thesis Preparation

Representative Publications


  • Jang, E. E., Kim, H., Vincett, M., Barron, C., & Russell, B. (2019). Improving IELTS reading test score interpretations and utilisation through cognitive diagnosis model-based skill profiling. IELTS Research Reports Online Series, No. 2. British Council, Cambridge Assessment English and IDP: IELTS Australia. ISSN 2201-2982

  • Jang, E. E. (2017). Personalized feedback in ELT digital materials. Cambridge University Press.

  • Jang, E. E. (2014). Focus on assessment. Oxford University Press.

  • Shewbridge, C., Jang, E. E., Matthews, P., & Santiago, P. (2011). OECD Reviews on evaluation and assessment in education: Denmark. OECD.

Chapters in Books

  • Sinclair J., Jang E.E., Azevedo R., Lau C., Taub M., Mudrick N.V. (2018) Changes in Emotion and Their Relationship with Learning Gains in the Context of MetaTutor. In: Nkambou R., Azevedo R., Vassileva J. (eds) Intelligent Tutoring Systems. ITS 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10858. Springer, Cham.

  • Jang, E. E., Vincett, M., vander Boom, E., Lau, C., & Yang, Y. B. (2017). Considerations for innovative young learner assessment design and use. In M. K. Wolf & Y. G. Butler (Eds.), English language proficiency assessments for young learners (pp. 193-213). London, UK: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Jang, E. E. (2016). Cognitive aspects of language assessment through reading processes. In E. Shohamy & I. Or (Eds.), The encyclopedia of language and education, Vol. 7 (1-15). Springer.

  • Jang, E. E., & Wagner, M. (2014). Diagnostic feedback in language classroom. In A. Kunnan (Ed.), Companion to language assessment, Vol. II (pp. 693-711). Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Jang. E. E. (2013). Mixed methods research in SLA. In P. Robinson (Ed.), The Routledge encyclopedia of SLA (pp. 429-431). NY: Routledge.

  • Jang, E. E. (2012). Diagnostic assessment in classrooms. In G. Fulcher & F. Davidson (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of language testing in a nutshell  (pp. 120-134). Abingdon, England: Routledge.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • vander Boom, E., & Jang, E. E. (In press). The effects of holistic diagnostic feedback intervention on improving struggling readers’ reading skills. To be published in Journal of Teaching and Learning, 12(2).

  • *Sinclair, J., Jang, E. E., & *Vincett, M.(2018). Investigating linguistically diverse adolescents’ literacy trajectories using latent transition modeling. Reading Research Quarterly54(1), 81-107. 

  • Jang, E. E., & *Sinclair, J. (2018). Ontario’s educational assessment policy and practice: a double-edged sword? Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice25(6), 655-677. 

  • Jang, E. E., Lajoie, S. P., Wagner, M., Xu, Z., Poitras, E., & Naismith, L. (2017). Person-Oriented Approaches to Profiling Learners in Technology-Rich Learning Environments for Ecological Learner Modeling. Journal of Educational Computing Research55(4), 552-597.

  • Shute, V., Leighton, J.P., Jang, E.E., & Chu, M-W. (2016). Advances in the science of assessment. Educational Assessment, 21(1), 1-27.

  • Munce, S., Webster, F., Fehlings, M., Straus, S., Jang, E., & Jaglal, S. (2016). Meaning of self-management from the perspective of individuals with traumatic spinal cord injury, their caregivers, and acute care and rehabilitation managers: An opportunity for improved care delivery. BMC Neurology, 16(1). DOI: 10.1186/s12883-016-0534-2

  • Stille, S., Jang, E. E., & Wagner, M. (2015). Building teachers’ assessment capacity for supporting English language learners through the implementation of the STEP language assessment in Ontario K-12 schools. TESL Canada Journal, 32(9), 1-23.

  • Munce, S., Straus, S., Fehlings, M., Voth, J., Nugaeva, N., Jang, E. E., Webster, F., & Jaglal, S. (2015). Impact of psychological characteristics in self-management in individuals with traumatic spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 1-5. doi: 10.1038/sc.2015.91

  • Jang, E. E., Cummins, J., Wagner, M., Stille, S., Dunlop, M., & Starkey, J. (2015). Assessing school-aged English language learners in Ontario curriculum learning contexts using Steps to English Proficiency. Language Assessment Quarterly, 12(1), 87-109.

  • Jang, E. E., Dunlop, M., Park, G., & van der Boom, E. (2015). Mediation of goal orientations and perceived ability on junior students’ responses to diagnostic feedback. Language Testing, 32(3), 299-316.

  • Jang, E. E., Wagner, M., & Park, G. (2014). Mixed methods research in language testing and assessment. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 34, 1-31.

  • Botelho, M. J., Kerekes, J., Jang, E. E., & Stagg-Peterson, S. (2014). Assessing multliteracies: mismatches and opportunities. Language and Literacy, 16(1), 1-20.

Research Grants and Contracts

Year 2016
Role: PI
Grantor: SSHRC Insight Grant
Purpose: Longitudinal tracking and metacognitive intervention of reading comprehension skills for linguistically diverse students in K-12 schools
Amount: $311,804

Year 2015
Role: Co-PI
Grantor: Ontario Ministry of Education
Purpose: Addressing literacy learning needs of adolescents in secondary school contexts: Struggling readers project and disciplinary literacy project
Amount: $82,000

Year 2014
Role: Co-Investigator
Grantor: SSHRC Partnership Grant
Purpose: Systematic Evaluation of the Effectiveness of TREs through Software Platform Development for Data Mining across Multiple Disciplines and Tracking Changes in Affective and Cognitive Growths

Year 2014
Role: Co-PI
Grantor: Ontario Ministry of Education
Purpose: Addressing literacy learning needs of adolescents in secondary school contexts: Struggling readers project and disciplinary literacy project
Amount: $65,000

Year 2013
Role: Co-Investigator
Grantor: SSHRC Partnership Grant
Purpose: Assessing and supporting children's oral language and writing development through play
Amount: 2,800,000

Year: 2012
Role: Co-Investigator
Grantor: SSHRC Partnership Grant
Purpose: Learning Environments Across Disciplines (LEADS): Supporting Technology Rich Learning across Disciplines
Amount: $2,432,935

Year: 2011
Role: Principal Investigator with Co-PI Dr. Shelley Stagg Peterson
Grantor: Federation of Libraries Association
Purpose: Impact of the Every Child Ready to Read Program on Early Literacy Development and Family Literacy Interactions
Amount: $36,171

Year: 2011
Role: Co-PI
Grantor: OISE Research Development Grant
Purpose: Pedagogy and Assessment for ELL and Aboriginal Childrens Early Literacy and Oral Language Development Through Play in Kindergarten Classrooms
Amount: $10,000

Year: 2010
Role: PI
Grantor: Ontario Ministry of Education
Purpose: Empirical Calibration and Validation of the STEP Proficiency Descriptor Scales
Amount: $107,800

Year: 2010
Role: Co-Investigator
Purpose: Grant Development: Technology Rich Learning Environments: Supporting Learning Across Disciplines
Amount: $20,000

Year: 2010
Role: Collaborator
Grantor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Purpose: Can Schools Operate as Knowledge-Creating Communities? A Multi-Nation Investigation
Amount: $74,922

Year: 2010
Role: PI
Grantor: SSHRC Institutional Grant
Purpose: Supporting Learning Through Technology Rich Assessment Environments
Amount: $2,310

Year: 2009
Role: Principal Investigator
Grantor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Purpose: Investigating Elementary School Students' Literacy Skill Profiles Using Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment
Amount: $119,260

Year: 2009
Role: Principal Investigator
Grantor: Toronto District School Board
Purpose: The Role of Community Outreach in the TDSB Model Schools (Contract)
Amount: $71,250

Year: 2008
Role: Co-Investigator
Grantor: Ontario Ministry of Education
Purpose: Validation of Steps to English Proficiency (Contract)
Amount: $96,000

Year: 2007
Role: Co-Investigator
Grantor: Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network
Purpose: Literacy Attainment Among Newcomer Students (Research)
Amount: $30,770

Honours and Awards

2019 David E. Hunt Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, OISE/UT
2014 The Annual Award for the Most Outstanding Article in the Journal of Language Learning, freely downloadable from:

2006 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award, Educational Testing Service
2005 Education Alumni Association Outstanding Student Medal, University of Illinois
2004 Tatsuoka Measurement Award, University of Illinois
2004 Ray Simpson Scholarship, College of Education, University of Illinois
2004 AEA Conference Travel Award, American Evaluation Association
2003 ELTS MA Dissertation Award, University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
2003 Katharine O. Aston Award for Outstanding Thesis, University of Illinois

Professional Activities

Professional Community Service

Editorial Board

2019-present Journal of Canadian Psychology Editorial Board
2014-present Language Testing in Asia
2013-present Alberta Journal of Educational Research Editorial Board
2011-present Editorial Advisory Board for Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (EMIP)
2008-present Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Language Assessment Quarterly
2012-present Editorial Advisory Board, Language Testing

Advisory Board

2014-2015 Member, Advisory Board of Paragon Testing Enterprises
2014-present Elected Board Member at-large for the International Language Testing Association
2013-present Broader Measures of Success Advisory Committee
2012-2013 35th LTRC Conference Program Committee
2012-present Member & Chair, Young Learner Assessment Subcommittee, ETS
2012-2013 Member, WBTT Research Advisory Working Group, Ontario.
2011-present Member, TOEFL Committee of Examiners, Educational Testing Service
2010-2012 Member, Supporting ELL Advisory Committee, Ministry of Education
2006-2010 EQAO Assessment Advisory Committee
2004-2005 International Advisory Committee, International Program, University of Illinois

Grant/Award Committee

2011 Adjudication Committee for SSHRC Insight Development Grants
2011 Member, ILTA Nomination Committee
2009 Grant proposal reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
2008 2009 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award Committee, ETS
2010 International Language Testing Association Nominating Committee
2007 AERA Significant Research Contributions Award Committee