Associate Professor Jihyun Lee

Associate Professor; MEd Program Advisor in Assessment and Evaluation; School Honours Coordinator; Group Leader of the Research Discipline of Assessment & Evaluation; HDR Student Experience Convenor; Statistics Consultant at FASS
BSci (Yonsei), MEd (Harvard), PHD (Columbia)
School of Education

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 1940
Room 112, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus

Consultation

Wed: 3-5pm

Jihyun is a survey methodologist, applied statistician, and educational psychologist. She is interested in national and international, large-scale assessments. Her main research area is developing methodology to increase psychometric properties and usability of survey instruments. She has developed numerous survey instruments for more than a decades of post-PhD professional services in the US, Singapore, South Korea, and Australia.

Substantively, she investigates theoretical and practical utility of education-related psychological constructs. In her research, a wide range of education-related psychological constructs are reviewed in relation to student achievement in various subject domains (reading, writing and mathematics). The constructs that Dr Lee has most extensively studied are interest, motivation, confidence, attitudes, self-belief, self-efficacy, and anxiety.

Her publications have been on the issues of whether students’ non-cognitive qualities have significant value addedness above and beyond what is expected from assessment results based on cognitive abilities; identification of best non-cognitive predictors of student achievement; validating theoretical frameworks for psychological structure of non-cognitive constructs; developing new methodologies for assessing non-cognitive constructs; improvement of psychometric properties of non-cognitive constructs; evaluating the best evidence to answer these questions in large-scale assessments and more broadly in cross-national assessments.  

She comes to UNSW from the National Institute of Education in Singapore, where she worked as Assistant Professor. Prior to that, Jihyun was a key member for test/questionnaire/survey development at Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton New Jersey, U.S.A. for several years, working on large-scale projects such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). She was also ETS liaison to the US federal government bureau, the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) within the U.S. Department of Education. She received a PhD in Measurement and Applied Statistics from Columbia University and a Master in Human Development from Harvard School of Education.

Three areas of research for Potential PhD Supervision

(1) Measurement & Scale Development of Students' Noncognitive Attributes/Skills
          Interest (Academic), Confidence, Self-beliefs, Values, Effort, Leisure

(2) Students' Noncognitive Attributes/Skills in National and International Large-scale Assessments
          PISA or NAPLAN secondary data analysis
          Impact of large-scale assessments or national examination on students or countries

(3) Noncognitive Factors/21st Century Skills and Their Relationship to Academic Achievement (e.g., interest, attitudes, self-beliefs)

Publications

    Book Chapters

    • Lee J; Stankov L, 2016, 'Non-cognitive influences on academic achievement: Evidence from PISA and TIMSS', in Khine M; Areepattamannil S (ed.), Non-cognitive factors and educational attainment, Sense Publishers, The Netherlands, pp. 153 - 170
    • Stankov L; Lee J, 2016, 'Quest for the best non-cognitive predictor of academic achievement', in Lee J; Stankov L (ed.), Noncognitive psychological processes and academic achievement, Routledge, London, UK, pp. 1 - 8, https://www.routledge.com/Noncognitive-psychological-processes-and-academic-achievement/Lee-Stankov/p/book/9781138190849
    • Lee J; Stankov L, 2015, 'Confidence and self-efficacy: Are they different?', in Guay F; McInerney D; Craven R; Marsh H (ed.), Self-concept, motivation and identity: Underpinning success with research and practice, Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, USA, pp. 225 - 248, http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Self-Concept-Motivation-and-Identity
    • Lee J; Stankov L, 2012, 'Large-scale online writing assessments: New approaches adopted in the national assessment of educational progress', in Writing: A Mosaic of New Perspectives, pp. 384 - 401, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203808481
    • Lee J; Stankov L, 2012, 'Dimensions of cultural differences: pancultural, ETIC/EMIC, and ecological approaches', in Boyle GJ; Mattews G; Saklofske DH (ed.), Psychological Assessment Volume Four: Clinical & Applied Psychological Assessment, edn. Original, Sage Publications Ltd, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 1 - 40
    • Lee J; Stankov L, 2012, 'Large-scale online writing assessments: New approaches adopted in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)', in Grigorenko EL; Mambrino E; Preiss D (ed.), Writing: A Mosaic of New Perspectives, edn. Original, Psychology Press, New York, pp. 371 - 384
    • Stankov L; Lee J, 2008, 'Culture: Ways of thinking and believing', in The SAGE Handbook of Personality Theory and Assessment: Volume 1 - Personality Theories and Models, pp. 560 - 575, http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781849200462.n27
    • Lee J; Stankov L, 2008, 'Ways of thinking and believing', in The handbook of personality theory and testing, pp. 560 - 575

    Journal articles

    Reports

    • Lee J, 2010, Conducting cognitive laboratory interviews for PISA 2012 Questionnaires
    • Lee J, 2009, Self-constructs and anxiety across cultures (ETS Research Rep. No. RR-09-12)
    • Lee J; Shute V, 2009, The influence of noncognitive domains on academic achievement in K-12 (ETS Research Rep. No. RR-09-34)
    • Vieluf S; Lee J; Kyllonen P, 2009, The cross-cultural validity of variables from the PISA2003 student questionnaire
    • Vieluf S; Lee J; Kyllonen P, 2009, The predictive power of variables from the PISA2003 student questionnaire
    • Paek I; Lee J; Stankov L; Wilson M, 2008, A Study of Confidence and Accuracy Using the Rasch Modeling Procedures (ETS Research RR-08-42)
    • Lee J; Weiss A, 2007, The Nation's Report Card: U.S. History 2006 (NCES 2007-474). U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
    • Lee J; Grigg W; Patricia D, 2007, The Nation's Report Card: Reading 2007 (NCES 2007-496). U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
    • Lee J; Grigg W; Dion G, 2007, The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics 2007 (NCES 2007-494). U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
    • Stankov L; Lee J, 2007, Confidence and cognitive test performance. Research Report (ETS Research Report RR-07-03)

    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works

    • Stankov L; Lee J, 2015, Too many school students are over-confident, The Conversations
    • Lee J; Stankov L, 2015, Tailored online NAPLAN better for monitoring high and low achievers, The Conversations
    • Lee J, 2011, Looking beyond test scores, ReEd

    Edited Books

    • Lee J; Stankov L, 2016, Noncognitive psychological processes and academic achievement, Routledge, UK

Teaching

Current Courses run by Associate Professor Jihyun Lee at UNSW

  • EDST 5101 Experimental Research Design and Analysis
  • EDST 5104 Educational Assessment and Measurement
  • EDST 5306 Human Development and Education
  • EDST 5888 Research Project

Honours and prizes

  • 2016 UNSW Supervisor Awards by the Postgraduate Council (PGC)

  • 2013 John R. Hayes Award for Excellence in Research by WRAB (Writing Research Across Borders) (Lee, 2013, Written Communication, 30, 164-193)

  • 2013 Nominated for APA (American Psychological Association) Division 1’s George A. Miller Award for an Outstanding Recent Article on General Psychology (Lee & Shute, 2010)

  • 2013 Nominated by NCTE (American National Council of Teachers of English) for College Composition and Communication Award for Impact (Lee, 2013)

  • 2012 Nominated for APA (American Psychological Association) Division 1’s George A. Miller Award for an Outstanding Recent Article on General Psychology (Lee & Shute, 2010)

  • 2005 AERA Statistics Institute Grant Award

  • 2005 ETS Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

  • 2004 ETS Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

  • 2000 Helen Walker Scholarship Award from Columbia University

  • 1992 Yonsei University Honor’s Award, Department of Child and Family Studies

Affiliations and membership

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Psychological Society (APS)

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