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Dr. Sham'Ah  Md-Yunus

Dr. Sham'Ah Md-Yunus

Associate Professor

Office: 2203 - Buzzard Hall
Phone: 217-581-6215
Email: smdyunus@eiu.edu

Office Hours for Fall  2014: Mondays and Wednesdays:  10-12 PM

Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses

  • ELE 5900: Applied Research in Education
  • ELE 5400: Special Topic: Issues and Challenges of English Language Learners
  • ELE/EDF 5310: Foundations: ESL/Bilingual Education
  • ELE 4776: History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
  • ELE 4770: Methods and Curriculum in the Primary Grades
  • ELE 4000: Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  • ELE 3225: Early Childhood Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Birth - Age Five
  • ELE 2050:The Whole Child: Teaching and Learning in the Educational Environment
  • ELE 2321: Child Growth and Development (Birth through Age 8)
  • ELE 2320: Child Growth and Development (Birth through Adolescence)  

 

Education

Ph.D. Elementary Education (Early Childhood Education specialization), 2005. Indiana State University, Indiana. 

Dissertation title: Parental Influence on Children’s Ethnic Identity among Chinese Americans. 

Professional Organizations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Association of Education for Young Children
  •  Illinois Association of Education for Young Children
  • Spirit of Illinois Association of Education for Young Children
  • Association Childhood Education International 

Research

  • Diversity & multicultural education
  • English language learners
  • Mathematics education
  • Methods of instruction in early childhood education.

Publications

Peng, H.H., & Md-Yunus,S. (2014). Do students in Montessori schools perform better on the achievement test? A Taiwanese perspective.  International Journal of of Early Childhood  (in press).

 Md-Yunus, S. (2013).  Early education and care in Malaysia. Child Research Net, March 1, 2013.

Anselmo, G.,  Williams. M., & Md-Yunus, S. (2012). Does code switching work for young
Children? A case study of English language learners. Proceedings of The National Undergraduate Research. Weber State University, Utah.
 
Md-Yunus, S. (2012). She is my language broker: How does cultural capital benefit Asian immigrant children in the United States? ERIC EDS  5295567.
 
Choi D.H., & Md-Yunus, S. (2011).Integration of a social skills training: A case study of children with low social skills. Journal of Education 3-13, 39(3), 249-264.
 
Md-Yunus, S. (2010). “Math is hard,” said Mrs. Ford; “Not for me,” said Mrs. Honda: Does culture matter in teaching and learning in elementary mathematics? Eastern Education Journal, 39(1), 23-38.  
 
Lee, J., Md-Yunus, S., Son, W., & Meadows, M. (2009). An exploratory case study of young children’s interactive play behaviors with a non-English speaking child. Journal of Early Child Development and Care, 179(8), 1055-1066.
 
Md-Yunus, S. (2009). Rice, rice, rice in the bin: Addressing culturally appropriate practice in early childhood classroom. Journal of Childhood Education, 86 (1), 27-31.
 
Md-Yunus, S. (2008).  Immigrant parents: How to help your children succeed in schools. Journal of Childhood Education, 84(5), 315-318.
 
Md-Yunus, S. (2007). How parents can encourage creativity in children. Journal of Childhood Education, 83(4). 236-237.
 
Md-Yunus, S. (March 2007). Reconstructing culture and identity in academy: Asian female scholar theorizing her experience. Eastern Illinois University Women’s Studies Newsletter. 
 
Md-Yunus, S. (2006). Parental influence on children’s ethnic identity among Chinese Americans.  Unpublished Dissertation, Indiana State University, Indiana. AAT 3199431,
 
Md-Yunus, S. (2005). Childcare practices in three Asian countries. International Journal of Early Childhood Education, 37, (1), 39-56.
 
 Zain, Z, & Md-Yunus, S. (1989). Garis panduan kurrikulum  guru sekolah rendah Malaysia (Curriculum guide for elementary teachers in Malaysia). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. 

Conference Presentations

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (2009-2014)

Lee, J., Yoon, J., & Md-Yunus. An Exploratory Study of Effective Online Learning: Assessing Satisfaction Levels of Graduate Students of Math Education Associated with Human and Design Factors of an Online Course.  American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, April 3-7, 2014.

Md-Yunus, S. & Anselmo, G. An Examination of Beliefs and Perspectives about Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood Classrooms. Illinois Education Research Council, Champaign , Illinois, June 13 -14, 2013.

Md-Yunus, S.  Examining Teachers’ Beliefs in Teaching Mathematics with the English Language: A Malaysian Perspective. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference,  April 27-May 1, 2013.  
 
Peng, H.H. & Md-Yunus, S. A Comparison of the Achievement Test of Children Attended Montessori Schools and Non-Montessori Schools in Taiwan. American Educational Research Association, Annual Conference,  April 27-May 1, 2013.

Md-Yunus, S.  Does code switching work for young Children? A case study of English language learners. Illinois Education Research Symposium, June 11-12, 2012, Illinois.
 
Md-Yunus, S.  Supporting immigrant parents to help children learn at home. National Association of Education for Young Children Annual Conference, November 2-6, 2011. Orlando, Florida.  
 
Md-Yunus,S.  Teaching mathematics in English language in Malaysia: Examining teachers’ beliefs about what works best. American Educational Research Association, April 6-10, 2011, New Orleans.
 
Md-Yunus, S. Exploring resilience students in a multiethnic society: The Malaysian Experience. American Educational Research Association, April 30-May 4, 2010, Denver, Colorado.
 
Lee, J., & Md-Yunus, S. Children’s gender gaps in early childhood mathematics. American Educational Research Association, April 30-May 4, 2010, Denver, Colorado.
 
Md-Yunus, S.  Teaching mathematics in early childhood classrooms: Using Structural Equation model (SEM) to examine beliefs and perspective about what work best. Illinois Education Research Symposium, 7-8, 2011, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
Md-Yunus, S. & Welsh, C.  Using food in the early childhood classrooms: Do and don’t. Illinois Association of Education for Young Children. September 30, 2010, Springfield, Illinois.
 
Md-Yunus, S.  Do teachers practice in cultural sensitivity activities influenced children’s awareness about diversity? Illinois Educational Research Symposium. June 8-9, 2010. Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

 Md-Yunus, S. & Peng, Hsin-Hui. Involving Asian immigrant parents in school. National Association of Education for Young Children. November 18-21, 2009, Washington, DC.
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 Md-Yunus, S. Cognitive-social learning model on early childhood children: An exploratory study.  American Educational Research Association, April 13-18, 2009, San Diego, California.

Md-Yunus, S. & Lee, J. Mediated learning experience (MLE) in early childhood children: An exploratory study. American Educational Research Association, April 13-18, 2009, San Diego, California.






 




 

  

Funding & Grants

  • Student's Distinguish Professor (2014)
  • Achievement and Contribution Award in the Research Category (2009)
  • The Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Innovation Grant (2014), $ 39,500. 00
  • Faculty Partnership Support Grant (2011)
  • Illinois Association of Teacher Education Mini Grant (2011)
  • Elizabeth Breathwaite Mini-Grant (2005, 2010)
  • TEAM PIE Grant (2009)
  • Redden Grant (2009; 2014)
  • The Graduate Dean’s Award of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (2008)
  • Council Faculty Research Summer Grant, Eastern Illinois University (2008)
  • College of Education and Professional Studies Development Grant (2006, 2007, 2013). 

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH: FACULTY MENTOR

2013: Teacher's Attire:Preschoolers' Perceptions about Good Teachers.  (Erika Shepherd and Celia Naso).  National Conference on Undergraduate Research , University of Wisconsin , La Crosse, Wisconsin, April 11- 13, 2013.

2012:  Does code switching work for young Children? A case study of English language
Learners. (Geena Anselmo & Mohogany Williams). Funded by College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) Research grant, $300.00. Presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research at Weber State University, Utah, March 29-31, 2012.
 
2012:  A review of empirical evidence about thought processes of English language learners  
(Danielle Brown) funded by CEPS research grant, $ 200.00. Presented at the National Conference For Undergraduate Research at Weber State University, Utah, March 29-31, 2012.
 
2011: An Examination of Students’ perspectives on What Works in Leaning Mathematics
(Catherine Welsh & Geena Anselmo) funded by CEPS research grant, $ 250.00. Presented at the National Undergraduate Research at the Ithaca College, March 31-April 2, 2011.
 
2011: Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood Classrooms: Exploring Teachers’ Belief What
Works Best (Jorjoh Joof & Mohogany Williams) funded by the CEPS research grant,
$250.00. Presented at the National Undergraduate Research at the Ithaca College, March 31-April 2, 2011.
 
2010: An Examination of Cultural Sensitivity Activities in Preschools (Nicole Dallas), funded by
the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) research grant,$ 250.00.
Presented at the National Undergraduate Research at the University of Montana April 15-17, 2010.
 
2010: An Exploratory Study of Racial understanding Among Preschool Children (Molly Hussey)
funded by CEPS research grant, $ 250.00. Presented at the National Undergraduate Research at the University of Montana, April 15-17, 2010.
 
2009: What Teachers of Young Children Should Know About Using Food in the Early   
Childhood Classrooms: An Exploratory Study (Nicole Dallas & Catherine Welsh). Funded by the CEPS research grant, $300.00. Presented at the National Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, April 16-18, 20
  

SERVICE
  • Board of Program Reviewers National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Manuscript reviewer for Journal of Education 3-13, United Kingdom
  • Reviewers for the Annual Conference Proposal for the American Educational Research Association, National Association of Education for Young Children, and Institute of Early Childhood for Young Children. 


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