Jianzhong Xu

Department / Division

  • Educational Foundations Faculty


  • Professor


Email: jx18@colled.msstate.edu


  • 247B Allen Hall


  • B.A., East China Normal University, Foundations of Education
  • M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, Curriculum and Teaching
  • M.Ed., Teachers College, Columbia University, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Ed.D, Teachers College, Columbia University, Curriculum and Teaching

Research Interests

  • Self-regulation, homework, and online groupwork
  • Scale development and validation
  • Cultural diversity

Courses Taught

  • Educational Research Design
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education
  • Qualitative Data Analysis and Presentation in Education

Selected Publications

  • Xu, J. (2015). Investigating factors that influence conventional distraction and tech-related distraction in math homework. Computers & Education81, 304-314.
  • Xu, J., Yuan, R., Xu, B., & Xu, M. (2014). Modeling students' time management in math homework. Learning and Individual Differences34, 33-42.
  • Xu, J., Coats, L. T., & Davidson, M. L. (2012). Promoting student interest in science: The perspectives of exemplary African American teachers. American Educational Research Journal49, 124-154.
  • Xu, J. (2008). Models of secondary students’ interest in homework: A multilevel analysis. American Educational Research Journal45, 1180-1205.
  • Xu, J., & Corno L. (2003). Family help and homework management reported by middle school students. Elementary School Journal103, 503-518.
  • Xu, J., & Corno, L. (1998). Case studies of families doing third grade homework. Teachers College Record100, 402-436.


  • Coats, L., & Xu, J. (2007-2011). Worldviews of exemplary African American science Teachers ($339,185). National Science Foundation.

Selected Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Editorial Review Board of Teachers College Record (since 2005)
  • Reviewing manuscripts for over 30 journals in the US and Europe, including American Educational Research JournalEducational PsychologistEducational ResearcherJournal of Educational PsychologyJournal of Teacher EducationLearning and InstructionReview of Educational ResearchScience, and Sociology of Education.
  • Presentations at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association since 1998 (2-4 presentations each year).
  • Invited address titled “Homework emotion management at the secondary school level: Antecedents and homework completion" at the Annual Conference of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Philadelphia, PA (2012, March).

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Journal Article Award, Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT): International Division. Award received for the article:
  • Xu, J., Du, J., & Fan, X. (2014). Emotion management in online groupwork reported by Chinese students. Educational Technology Research and Development62, 795-819.
  • Faculty Research Award Recipient, Mississippi State University, 2014.
  • The Herb Handley Research Award, College of Education, Mississippi State University, 2012.

Personal Interests

  • Drinking tea
  • Walking
  • Travel