IL-Hee Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education
On Faculty since 2014

Phone: (630)752-7489


Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2008

M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2001

M.A., English Language and Linguistics, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 1997

B.A., English Language and Literature, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 1994

About IL-Hee Kim

Dr. Kim joins the Wheaton College community with rich experiences in research and teaching. For more than a decade he has studied the development of critical thinking skills among K-12 students. He noticed that many students lack critical thinking skills and discovered that a well-structured discussion method can foster students' development of critical thinking skills. His research has been published in prestigious scholarly journals, such as Journal of the Learning Sciences and Discourse Processes. In terms of teaching, Dr. Kim has previously taught educational psychology and literacy methods courses to pre-service teachers and helped them to successfully prepare for their future teaching. His teaching extends beyond the college classroom to the nearby community through his role as Director of the Appleseed Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project (NWP). He often shares his knowledge with teachers and principals in the community through various professional development workshops and conferences.

Dr. Kim's primary goal as a professor is to be a good model for students, especially for education students preparing to be teachers, so they can be models for their own students. Through his research and teaching, he has found the importance of modeling and the social impact of observational learning. He believes that like Jesus, one person can affect a multitude of people in the world and contribute to realizing the Kingdom of God on this earth. To be a good Christian model himself, Dr. Kim starts each day with reading the Bible and reflecting on His teaching. In his daily life, he strives to live as a faithful follower and witness of Christ Jesus. Dr. Kim and his wife, Eunju Yoon, serve in an Evangelical church and reach out beyond the local community whenever they can. In their spare time, they enjoy taking a walk and exercising in the gym.

Courses Taught

  • Learning and Development
  • Psychology of Human Learning
  • Statistics in Education
  • Research Methodologies

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Korean-American Educational Researchers Association
  • National Writing Project
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Literacy Research Association

Research Interests

  • Development of critical thinking skills
  • Cognitive processes during argumentative discussions
  • Literacy education in culturally-diverse contexts
  • Discourse and text analysis

Selected Publications

Lin, T.-J., Jadallah, M., Anderson, R., Baker, A. Nguyen-Jahiel, K., Kim, I.-H., Kuo, L.-J., Miller, B., Dong, T., & Wu, X. (2015). Less is more: Teachers’ influence during peer collaboration. Journal of Educational Psychology, 107(2), 609-629.  

Lin, T.-J., Anderson, R., Jadallah, M., Nguyen-Jahiel, K., Kim, I.-H., Kuo, L.-J., Miller, B., Logis, H., Dong, T., Wu, X., & Li, Y. (2015).  Social influences on children's development of relational thinking during small-group discussions. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 41(2), 83-97.

Kim, I.-H. (2014). Development of reasoning skills through participation in collaborative synchronous online discussions. Interactive Learning Environment, 22(4), 467-484.

Kim, I.-H. (2012). Developing critical thinking skills in a new age of president Obama. In T. Swim, K. Howard, & I.-H. Kim (Eds.), The hope for audacity: Recapturing optimism and civility in education (pp. 127-147). New York: Peter Lang.

Swim, T., Howard, K., & Kim, I.-H. (Eds.). (2012). The hope for audacity: Recapturing optimism and civility in education. New York: Peter Lang.

Kim, I.-H. (2012). Book Review for Handbook of Research on Literacy and Diversity, by L. M.Morrow, R. Rueda, and D. Lapp (Eds.). Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: Studies of Migration, Integration, Equity, and Cultural Survival, 6(3), 193-195.

Lin, T.-J., Anderson, R. C., Hummel, J., Jadallah, M., Miller, B., Nguyen-Jahiel., K., Morris, J., Kuo, L.-J., Kim, I.-H., Wu, X., & Dong, T. (2012). Children’s use of analogy during Collaborative Reasoning. Child Development, 83(4), 1429-1443.

Kim, I.-H., Anderson, R. C., Miller, B., Jeong, J., & Swim, T. (2011). Influence of cultural norms and collaborative discussions on children’s reflective essays. Discourse Processes, 48(7), 501-528.

Jadallah, M., Anderson, R. C., Nguyen-Jahiel, K., Miller, B., Kim, I.-H., Kuo, L.-J., Wu, X., & Dong, T. (2011). Influence of a teacher’s scaffolding moves during child-led small-group discussions. American Educational Research Journal, 48(1), 194-230.

Selected Conference Presentations

Kim, I.-H. (2013, April). Influence of cultural norms and argumentative discussions on children’s use of metadiscourse. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Nichols, J., Kim, I.-H., & Nichols, G. (2012, April). Is knowing enough? The impact of community volunteerism on early literacy development. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Kim, I.-H. (2012, March). Metadiscourse in children’s persuasive essays. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Boston, MA.

Kim, I.-H. (2011, November). Effects of online literature discussions on children's writing. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Literacy Research Association, Jacksonville, FL.

Kim, I.-H. (2011, October). RAFTing—developing students’ writing proficiency. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Appleseed Writing Project, Fort Wayne, IN.

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