Dr. Jiwon "Lexi" Hwang is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Special Education & Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles. She received a Ph.D. in Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include (a) effective instructional approach for teaching "mathematical problem solving" with a STEM/STEAM interdisciplinary framework interweaving science, arts, technology, and disciplinary literacy, (b) supporting pre- and in-service teachers with mathematical understanding and skills, (c) developing systematic instructional guideline in teaching fractions for students with at risk for disabilities and those with learning disabilities. She has written a number of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and newsletters related to effective strategies for math and science instruction for students with high-incidence disabilities. She also presented at numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Hwang has worked on the project entitled, “Bring STREAM Education on Steam” where she re-conceptualized STEM education to emphasize instruction in STEM content knowledge and generalization of that knowledge to real life. Dr. Hwang believes her focus on research in the above areas can enhance students’ real life mathematical problem solving abilities as well as teachers’ capability to provide evidenced-based instructional practices, and ultimately, bridge the gap between research and practice.
- Ph.D. in Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (Aug. 2016)
- 2020-Present: Assistant Professor of Special Education, California State University, Los Angeles
- 2016-2020: Assistant Professor of Special Education, California State University, Bakersfield
- 2013-2016: Graduate Research Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
- 2014-2015: Research Assistant, Scaffolding Engage NY, New York Education Department
- 2021-2023: National Science Foundation Fellow for "SIARM for STEM" (Summer Institute in Advanced Research Methods for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Research): https://voices.uchicago.edu/nsf-siarm/our-fellows/
- 2020-Present: Associate Editor, Assessment for Effective Intervention
- 2018-Present: Reviewer, Learning Disabilities Research & Practice
- 2016-Present: Ad-Hod Reviewer in multiple journals in education
Note. † indicates graduate students and * indicates corresponding author
- Taylor, J. & Hwang, J. (2021) Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Remote Instruction for Students With Disabilities. Intervention in School and Clinic. https://doi.org/10.1177/10534512211001858
- Kabel, M., †Hwang, J. *Hwang, J. (2021) Lessons Learned from A Classroom Study: Transitioning from Concrete to Virtual Manipulatives to Teach Math Fact Fluency to Students with Learning Disabilities in A Rural Classroom. Journal of Curriculum Studies Research, 3(1), 42-68.
- Taylor, J. C., Hwang, J., Rizzo, K, & Dorris, H. (2020). Supporting Science-Related Instruction for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Review and Analysis of Research Studies. Science Educators, 27(2), 102-113.
- Taylor, J. C., Hwang, J., Rizzo, K, & Dorris, H. (2020). A Review of Research on Science Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. School Science and Mathematics.
- †Zobell, E & *Hwang, J. (2020). An Examination of the Current Status of Paraprofessionals through their Lens: Role, Training, and Supervision. Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 9(1), 1-19
- Hwang, J. & Riccomini, P. J. (2019). A Descriptive Analysis of the Error Patterns Observed in the Fraction Computation Solution Pathways of Students with and without Learning Disabilities. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 1-11. doi.org/10.1177/1534508419872256
- Hwang, J., Riccomini, P. J., & Morano, S. (2019). Examination of Cognitive Processes in Effective Algebra Problem-Solving Interventions for Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities. Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 17(2).
- Hwang, J. & Riccomini, P. J. (2019). Investigating the Relationship between Solution Pathway Preference and Accuracy of Adding Fractions for Students with Learning Disabilities. British Journal of Special Education, 34(1), 47-61. doi: 10.1111/1467-8578.12250
- Hwang, J. & *Son, J. (2019). Understanding Provision Systems and Contemporary Needs of Early Childhood Inclusive Education from Teachers’ Perspectives. Journal of Special Education & Rehabilitation Science, 58(1), 285-325.
- Hwang, J., Riccomini, P. J., Hwang, S, & Morano, S. (2019). A Systematic Analysis of Experimental Studies Targeting Fractions for Students with Mathematics Difficulties. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 34(1), 1-15. doi:10.1111/ldrp.12187
- Taylor, J. C., Koehler, K., Rizzo, K. & Hwang, J. (2018) The Rise of Measurement: Assessing Science and the Implications for Students with Special Needs. In Koomen, M. H, Kahn, S., Atchison, C., & Wild, T. (Eds.) In Towards Inclusion of All Learners in Science Teacher Education.
- Morano, S., Ruiz, S., Hwang, J., Wertalik, J., Moeller, J., Karal, M. A., & Mulloy, A (2017). Meta-Analysis of Single-Case Treatment Effects on Self-Injurious Behavior for Individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Autism & Developmental Language Impairments, 2, 1-26. doi: 10.1177/2396941516688399
- Hwang, J. & Riccomini, P. J. (2016). Enhancing Mathematical Problem Solving for Secondary Students with or At-Risk of Learning Disabilities: A Literature Review. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 31(3), 169-181. doi:10.1111/ldrp.12105
- Hwang, J. & Taylor, J. C. (2016). Stemming on STEM: A STEM Education Framework for Students with Disabilities. Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, 19(1), 39-49.
- Riccomini, P. J., Hwang, J. & Morano, S. (2016). Developing Mathematical Problem Solving through Strategic Instruction: Much More than a Keyword. In Cook, B. G., Tankersley, M., & Landrum, T. J. (Eds.) Instructional Practices with and without Empirical Validity Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities (pp. 39-60). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
- Morano, S., Hwang, J., Kohler, K. M., Markelz, A. M., Rizzo, K., & Riccomini, P. J. (2016). 5 Ways to Scaffold Mathematics Instruction for Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities. LD Forum, Council of Learning Disabilities.
- Riccomini, P. J., Morano, S., & Hwang, J. (2015). Interleaved Worked Examples and Math Problems: Embedding Instructional Guidance in Math Homework and Independent Practice to Improve Student Accuracy and Outcomes. Educational Research Newsletter & Webinars.
Professional Proceedings (2018-Present)
- Hwang, J. (March 2021). Math for Math? It is Time to Switch Your Gear to Teach REAL MATH using STEAM Interdisciplinary Framework, California Association of Resource and Special Educators
- Hwang, J. (Feb. 2021). Meaningful Errors in Fractions. In Lee, J., Hwang, J., & Morano, S. (2021). A panel presentation on the topic of “Fractions”, 2021 Pacific Coast Research Conferenc
- Taylor, J., Bol, S., Rizzo, K., & Hwang, J. Science for All: The Most Effective Strategies for Teaching Science to Students with Moderate and Severe Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 2021 Council of Exceptional Children
- Hwang, J. (Oct. 2019). A Comparison of Virtual and Physical Manipulatives in Increasing Math Fact Fluency. Council of Learning Disabilities, San Antonio, TX
- Hwang, J. & Choo, S. (Oct. 2019). STREAM education: An Emerging Interdisciplinary Approach for Student with LD. Council of Learning Disabilities, San Antonio, TX
- Hwang, J., Morano, S., & Choo, S. (Jan. 2019). Bring STREAM Education on Stream: Current Stage of the Project and Future direction, Pacific Coast Research Conference, San Diego, CA
- Hwang, J. (Jan. 2019). STEM Education Framework for Students with Disabilities, Hawaii International Conferences on Education, Hawaii
- Hwang, S. & Hwang, J. (Jan. 2019). Diagnostic View of US Math Education in Teaching Fractions for Students with Mathematical Difficulties, Hawaii International Conferences on Education, Hawaii
- Hwang, J, Rizzo, K., Taylor, J., & Hill, D. (Jan. 2019). Science Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Analysis of Single-Case Research, Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Francisco, CA
- Hwang, J. (Oct. 2018). Error analysis for developing a diagnostic basis for teaching fractions to students with mathematics learning disabilities, Council of Learning Disabilities, Portland, OR
- Hwang, J., Riccomini, P. J., & Morano, S. (Feb. 2018). A Systematic Analysis of Experimental Studies Targeting Fractions for Students with Mathematics Difficulties, Council of Exceptional Children, Tampa, FL
- Hwang, J. & Riccomini, P. J. (Feb. 2018). Analysis of the patters of fraction addition performance and solution pathway for middle school students with MLD, Council of Exceptional Children, Tampa, FL
- Riccomini, P. J., Morano, S., Hwang, J. (Feb. 2018). Using worked examples and solutions to support and enhance mathematical thinking and reasoning, Council of Exceptional Children, Tampa, FL
- Hwang, J. & Riccomini, P. J. (Feb. 2018). A Systematic Analysis of Experimental Studies Targeting Fractions for Students with Mathematics Difficulties. Pacific Coast Research Conference, San Diego, CA
Grants & Projects
- 2021-2022: PI: “Project LEAPHigh: Leveraging Chemistry Education by Employing Computer Simulation and Virtual Reality Technology: A Pilot Study on High School Students with Learning Disabilities”. 2021 RCSA for Assigned/Release Time Award Category (Awarded)
- 2021: PI, "Project TeachFEST: Teach Fractions to Expectional Learners with STEM-Infused Instructional Techniques". Proposal submitted to 2021 American Honda (Pending)
- 2020: PI, “Project P-TISE: Preparing Teachers for Inclusive STEM Education”. Proposal submitted to NSF, IGE division, Sept. 2019. Proposal #: 1954899 (Not funded)
- 2020: PI, “Field Test of Teacher Training Program for Inclusive STEM Education”. Funded by the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, CSUB: $500
- 2019-2020: Co-PI, “More than Study Skills: A Holistic Program Approach for Fostering Engagement, Responsibility, and Resiliency of Secondary Students with Disabilities”. Funded by the Research Council of the University: $1,000
- 2018-2019: PI, “Bring STREAM Education on Stream”. Funded by the Research Council of the University: $5,000.00 and 3-unit of Course Release
International & National Invited Webinar and Lectures (2017-Present)
- Hwang, J. (Oct. 2018) STREAM Education for Student with Disabilities, “Supporting All Learners Using Active Learning Pedagogy,” Webinar presentation invited from American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)-Advancing Research & Innovation in the STEM Education of Preservice Teachers in High-Need Schools (ARISE), supported by the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (Grant No. DUE-1548986-Stimulating Research and Innovation in STEM Teacher Education)
- Hwang, J. (Jan. 2017) High-Leverage Practice in Supporting Exceptional Learners. Lectures presented at Daegu University, South Korea. Invited by Dr. Nam-Soo Park
Courses Taught (at Cal State LA)
- EDSP4020 Assessment and Educational Planning for Students with Disabilities
- EDSP4040 Collaboration and Transition in Special Education
- EDSP3010 Individuals with Disabilities in Contemporary Society
- EDSP4253 Instruction, Assessment, and Curricular Support in Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities