Dr. Soyeon Park

Soyeon Park

( She/Her/Hers )
Faculty Advisor
Email: park@sfsu.edu

Dr. Soyeon Park has over 30 years of experience in the field of early care and education. Her scholarship focusing on early childhood is deeply rooted in an international perspective, examining the culturally diverse contexts of children’s early learning and development. She is well informed in the area of multicultural issues and her research background is qualitative in nature. Dr. Park has many years of teaching and administration experience in various settings and locations, including California, New Hampshire, Virginia, and South Korea. Prior to joining SFSU in 2007, Dr. Park was Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire, where she also served as Assistant Director at the Child Study and Development Center. She has been the recipient of a Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research and currently serves as Consulting Editor of Asian American Journal of Psychology.


Educational Background

Ph.D. Child Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.A. Child and Family Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
B.S. Child and Family Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea


Chun, H., & Park, S. (2020). The effect of STEAM-based unplugged play activities using robots on the improvement of children’s creative and social personalities. Korean Journal of Childcare & Education, 16(5), 1-26.  

Chun, H., Park, S., & Sung, J. (2019). An analysis of research trends related to software education for young children in Korea. Korean Journal of Child Education & Care, 19(2), 177-196. 

Kim, S., Wee, S., & Park, S. (2019). Exploring multicultural books through predictions and social interactions: A case study with kindergarteners in the United States. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. 44(1), 32-47. 

Kim, S., Park, S., & An, S. (2018). “You can’t be rich only doing good deeds”: Bilingual kindergarteners’ discussions about poverty and wealth. International Journal of Early Childhood, 50, 101-119.   

Yang, S., & Park, S. (2017). A sociocultural approach to children’s perceptions of death and loss. OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying, 76(1), 53-77. 

Park, S., Yang, S, & Sims, M. (2017). Child care teachers’ attitudes toward the integration of care and education in Korea. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42(1), 14-23. 

Wee, S., Park, S., & Choi, J. (2015). Korean culture as portrayed in young children’s picture books: The pursuit of cultural authenticity. Children’s Literature in Education, 46(1), 70-87. 

Wee, S., Weber, E., Park, S. (2014). Early childhood practicum students’ professional growth in the USA: Areas of confidence and concern. International Journal of Early Years Education, 22(4), 409-422. 

Park, S., Yang, S., & Wee, S. (2014). Are we experts? Perspectives of Korean teachers on their careers in infant and toddler care. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(1), 56-64. 

Chun, H., Wee, S., & Park, S. (2013). Adjustment of Korean first-graders to elementary school: The role of family income, type of early childhood education program, and private education before and after school entry. International Journal of Human Ecology, 14(1), 115-130. 

Park, S., Ferretti, C., & Ames, G. (2012). Assessing quality of early care and education: Lessons learned from San Francisco’s Gateway to Quality. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 6(2), 55-70. 

Park, S. (2012). Caucasian parents’ experience with transnational-transracial adoption: A phenomenological study. International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies, 3(4). 479-499. 

Nimmo, J. & Park, S. (2009). Engaging teachers in the thinking and practice of inquiry: Collaborative research mentorship as a tool for shifting teacher identity. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 30(2), 93-104.

Park, S. (2006). Children’s theory of mind and play script in social pretend play. Korean Journal of Early Childhood Education, 26(5), 145-171. 

Park, S. (2006). Children’s understanding of mind in social pretend play. International Journal of Early Childhood Education, 12(1), 101-123.

Lahman, M. K. E. & Park, S. (2004). Understanding children from diverse cultures: Bridging perspectives of parents and teachers. International Journal of Early Years Education, 12(2), 131-142. 

Park, S. & Lahman, M. K. E. (2003). Bridging perspectives of parents, teachers, and co-researchers: Methodological reflections on cross-cultural research. Reflective Practice, 4(3), 373-381. 

Park, S. & Rhee, U. (1996). Children’s understanding of the appearance-reality distinction. Korean Journal of Child Studies, 17(1), 289-302.