Dr. Katerina Bodovski

Dr. Katerina Bodovski
Phone: 8148671865
Office Address:
310F Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park

Title

Associate Professor of Education (Educational Theory & Policy)

Department

Education Policy Studies

Programs

Educational Theory and Policy
Comparative and International Education

Other Penn State Affiliations

Population Research Institute; Faculty in Demography Program

Biography

Dr. Katerina Bodovski is an Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Policy in the Department of Education Policy Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007.  She obtained both an M.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Bodovski’s research interests include sociology of education, stratification and inequality, parental practices, cultural capital, comparative and international education, and education of immigrant children. Broadly defined, her research focuses on gaining an understanding of the factors shaping student behavior and academic achievement, related to family practices, neighborhood characteristics and school settings. More recently, Dr. Bodovski has expanded her research to include post-socialist countries of Eastern and Central Europe, as well as cross-national examination of characteristics of the educational systems.

In 2015, Dr. Bodovski published a book “Across Three Continents: Reflections on Immigration, Education, and Personal Survival” (Peter Lang Publishing). This combination of autobiographical narrative and sociological analysis discusses the author’s firsthand experiences in Soviet Russia, Israel, and the United States.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels

Adolescence
Childhood

Educational Studies

Comparative Ed
Educational Theory

Individual Difference

Family Processes

Methodological Research

Quantitative Research

Social Issues

Comparative and International Education

Courses Taught

UNDERGRADUATE

EDTHP/SOC 416 Sociology of Education

GRADUATE

EDTHP 500 Proseminar

EDTHP 523 Interpreting and Analyzing Quantitative Studies in Education Policy

EDTHP/CIED/SOC 534 Childhood and Education in Sociological and Comparative International Perspectives

Representative Publications

Graduate students coauthors are in italics

Katerina Bodovski & Aaron Benavot. (2006) Unequal Educational Outcomes among First-Generation Immigrants: The Case of Youth from the Former Soviet Union in Israel. Research in Comparative and International Education 1(3): 253-270.

Katerina Bodovski & George Farkas. (2007) Do Instructional Practices Contribute to Inequality in Achievement? The Case of Mathematics Instruction in Kindergarten, Journal of Early Childhood Research. Vol. 5 (3): 301-322.

Katerina Bodovski & George Farkas. (2007) Mathematics Growth in Early Elementary School: The Roles of Beginning Knowledge, Student Engagement and Instruction. The Elementary School Journal. Vol. 108(2): 115-130.

Katerina Bodovski & George Farkas. (2008) ‘Concerted Cultivation’ and Unequal Achievement in Elementary School, Social Science Research. 37(3): 903-919.

Katerina Bodovski. (2010) Parental Practices and Educational Achievement: Social Class, Race, and Habitus, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31(2): 139-156.

Katerina Bodovski & Min-Jong Youn. (2010) Love, Discipline and Elementary School Achievement: The Role of Family Emotional Climate, Social Science Research, 39(4): 585-595.

Katerina Bodovski & Rachel Durham (equal contribution by the authors) (2010). Parental Practices and Achievement of Mexican and Chinese Immigrant Children in the U.S.: Assimilation Patterns? Research in Comparative and International Education, 5(2): 156-175.

Katerina Bodovski & Min-Jong Youn. (2011). The long term effects of early acquired skills and behaviors on young children's achievement in literacy and mathematics, Journal of Early Childhood Research. 9(1): 4-19.

Emily Greenman, Katerina Bodovski, & Katherine Reed. (2011).”Neighborhood Characteristics, Parental Practices and Children’s Math Achievement in Elementary School,” Social Science Research. 40(5): 1434-1444.

Katerina Bodovski & Min-Jong Youn (2012). “Students’ Mathematics Learning from Kindergarten through 8th Grade: The Long Term Influence of School Readiness,” International Journal of Sociology of Education, 1(2): 97-122.

Katerina Bodovski, Inbal Nahum-Shani & Rachael Walsh. (2013) “School Climate and Students’ Early Mathematics Learning: Another Search for Contextual Effects,” American Journal of Education, 119(2): 209-234.

Katerina Bodovski. (2013) “Family Educational Expectations in the U.S”, Revue Internationale d'éducation de Sèvres, 62: 69-78. (invited submission)

Katerina Bodovski. (2014) “Adolescents’ Emerging Habitus: The Role of Early Parental Expectations and Practices”, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 35 (3): 389-412. 

Katerina Bodovski, Stephen Kotok, and Adrienne Henck. (2014) “Universal patterns or the tale of two systems? Mathematics achievement and educational expectations in post-socialist Europe,” Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. 44(5), 732-755.

Kryst, Erica L., Kotok, Stephen & Bodovski, Katerina (2015). “Rural/urban disparities in science achievement in post-socialist countries: The evolving influence of socioeconomic status”. Global Education Review, 2(4). 14-31. 

Volha Chykina, Hee Jin Chung and Katerina Bodovski (2016). "Great Expectations? Variation in Educational Plans of Students in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe,“ European Education 48(1): 43-62.

Steve Kotok, Sakiko Ikomo, and Katerina Bodovski (2016). “School Climate and Dropping out of School in the Era of Accountability”. American Journal of Education, 122 (4): 569-599.

Katerina Bodovski, Haram Jeon, and Soo-yong Byun. (2016). “Cultural Capital and Educational Outcomes in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe” British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Katerina Bodovski, Soo-yong Byun, Volha Chykina, and Hee Jin Chung. (Forthcoming) “Searching for the Golden Model of Education: Cross-National Analysis of Math Achievement.” Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.

   

Grants

EXTERNAL FUNDING

Foundation for Child Development. PI. “Home and School Contexts, and Children’s Achievement in the Early Elementary Years”, 2009-2010, $46,918.

American Educational Research Association. PI. “Students’ Mathematics Achievement and Course-taking in 8th Grade: The Role of School Readiness?” 2010-2012, $34,185

National Science Foundation, Sociology Program. PI. “Education Systems' Effects on Math and Science Achievement” (Co-PI: Soo-yong Byun). 2014-2015. $130,670.


INTERNAL FUNDING

Population Research Institute Seed Grant, Penn State, PI, “Parental Practices and Students’ Achievement: Contextual Effects?” (Co- PI: Emily Greenman), 2008, $3,600

Faculty Research Initiation Grant, College of Education, Penn State. PI. “Cognitive Stimulation at Home, Family Emotional Climate, and Children’s Academic Achievement in the Elementary School”, 2008-2009, $8,500

Children, Youth and Family Consortium, Penn State.  PI. “Parental Practices and Students’ Achievement in the Elementary School: Neighborhood Effects?” (Co- PI: Emily Greenman), 2009, Level I, $5,000

Children, Youth and Family Consortium, Penn State. PI. “Parental Practices and Students’ Achievement in the Elementary School: Neighborhood Effects?” (Co- PI:Emily Greenman), 2009-2010, Level II, $13,990

Population Research Institute Seed Grant, Penn State, PI. “Youth’ Math Self-Concept, Achievement and Educational Expectations in Eastern Europe: Change or Continuity after the Fall of Communism?”, 2012, $10,000

Social Science Research Institute. Penn State. PI. “Educational Systems Characteristics and Socio-Economic and Gender Disparities in Math  and Science Achievement” (Co-PI: Soo-yong Byun, Sarah Damaske). 2015-2016. Level II. $20,000.

Faculty Research Implementation Grant, College of Education, Penn State. PI. “Educational Systems Characteristics and Socio-Economic and Gender Disparities in Math and Science Achievement”, (Co-PI: Soo- yong Byun), 2016-2017. $26,806.