Byeong-Young Cho

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Byeong-Young Cho

Byeong-Young Cho

University of Pittsburgh
5114 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-5010


Dr. Byeong-Young Cho is an associate professor in the Department of Instruction and Learning and a research scientist at the Learning Research & Development Center (LRDC). His area of concentration is in Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC). Before moving to Pitt, Dr. Cho worked as an assistant professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University. Dr. Cho graduated with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on reading education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, he was a teacher of language and literature at secondary schools and a curriculum designer at Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Cho is a literacy researcher who seeks theoretical background mainly from perspectives in reading comprehension, situated learning, and digital literacies. Of particular interest to him is examining the nature of cognitive, metacognitive, and epistemic processes that readers engage in for making meaning in diverse multisource text environments and, thereby, finding ways to inform practice in the teaching and assessment of reading competence as a configuration of the range of sophisticated knowledge and skills. Currently, Dr. Cho is co-leading various research projects, such as middle school learners' historical reasoning through multisource text inquiry, evidence-centered design for assessing core digital literacy skills, and metacognitively oriented digital literacy intervention for high school learners. Dr. Cho presents his work regularly at national/international conferences including American Educational Research Association and Literacy Research Association. His work has appeared in the several peer-reviewed journals including Cognition and Instruction, Reading Research Quarterly, and American Educational Research Journal, to name a few (Researchgate and Google Scholar). Informed by research, his teaching centers on theoretical perspectives as well as pedagogical practices in reading and literacy. Here at Pitt, Dr. Cho teaches IL 3015 Theoretical Perspectives in Language, Literacy, & Culture II for doctoral students in LLC and IL 2219 Disciplinary Literacy for reading specialists and masters.

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

  • Cho, B-Y., & Fraundorf, S. (July 2018-June 2020). Examining How Metacognitive Knowledge Intervention Can Facilitate Digital Literacy: An Experimental Study of High School Learners. LRDC Internal Research Award
  • Ok, H., Cho, B-Y., Seo, S., Kim, J., & Kim, J-Y. (November 2016-October 2019). Development of an assessment prototype for the cognitive domain of digital literacy. Grant funded by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2016S1A5A2A03926657).
  • Cho, B-Y., & Rainey, E. (January 2018). Promoting Disciplinary Literacy and Learning through Multisource Text Inquiries: An Instructional Study of Middle School Learners. Spencer Small Research Grant
  • Cho, B-Y. w/ Kucan, L. & Rainey, E. (January-December 2018). Digital citizens think critically: Engaging students in learning through interactive digital sources. Mitroff Research Award.

Recent Publications