Yajuan (Vivian) Xiang

Associate Professor

Yajuan (Vivian) Xiang
Yajuan (Vivian) Xiang


Stevenson 2002

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Yajuan (Vivian) Xiang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood Studies at Sonoma State University. Dr. Xiang aims to support children’s growth and learning through collaboration with family, school and community. Particularly, she focuses on evidence-based methods that promote early language and literacy learning through meaningful experiences. Also, she believes the very best way to learn to effectively working with children is by spending significant time with them in real-world contexts.  She is interested in investigating effective field-based practices in programs of early childhood studies.

She lived and worked in Xinjiang, Beijing, New York and Indiana prior to relocating to California. Her hobbies include cooking, crafting, traveling and spending time with families and friends.

  • Ph.D. Elementary/Early Childhood Education, The State University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.Ed. General Education with focus on Early Childhood, The State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A. Public Administration, Beijing Information Science and Technology University (BISTU), China
Academic Interests
  • Multicultural family and early learning and development
  • Early dual language and literacy learning
  • Early childhood teacher education
  • Associate Professor (Current), Sonoma State University
  • Assistant Professor (2014-2019), University of Southern Indiana
  • Adjunct Instructor (2010-2014), The State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Lead Teacher & Teacher Candidate Coach (2008-2013), Fisher-Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center, The State University of New York at Buffalo
Selected Publications & Presentations

Colson, T., Xiang, Y., & Smothers, M. (2018). How professional development in co-teaching impacts self-efficacy among rural high school teachers. The Rural Educator (under review)

Xiang, Y., & Colson, T. (2018). Childrearing experiences in cross-national families. International Journal of the Whole Child. 3 (1)

Raisor, J., Gully, J., & Xiang, Y. (2018). Implementing teaching totes across generations. Indiana Reading Journal 47 (1)

Xiang, Y., Hoot, J., Raisor, J. (2017). Parenting stress and social support among cross-national families. Journal of Family Diversity in Education, 2 (4), 26-41

Xiang, Y. (2017). Bilingual curriculum models in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the age of globalization. Research on Higher Education of Nationalities (Minzu Gaodeng Jiaoyu Yanjiu), 6 

Xiang, Y., Li, M. & Berridge, G. (2017). Education and wellbeing: Chinese migrant children in crisis. International Journal of the Whole Child. 2 (1), 6-15

Raisor, J. & Xiang, Y. (2016). Invite wildlife to your school: How to achieve national certification as a schoolyard habitat. Michigan Science Teacher Association Journal, 61 (2), 68-72