Dr. Debra Harwood

Faculty of Education

Dr. Debra Harwood

Associate Professor (PhD)
Faculty of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education
Available for Graduate Advisement

Courses Taught

EDUC 3P01: Theories of Teaching
EDUC 3P52: Early Childhood Education II
EDUC 4P04: Observation & Evaluation in the Early Years
EDUC 3P53: Research, Ethics and Care in ECE

Research Interests

Early childhood education; Teasing and early social-emotional understanding; Curriculum and instruction in the early years


Harwood, D. S. (2008). Exploring the phenomenon of teasing. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Publishing

Refereed Publications

Harwood, D. (2010). The phenomenon of sibling teasing: Three mothers' perceptions of their children's teasing behaviors. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 24(4), 366-385.

Bork, P-L, & Harwood, D. (2010). Transient " persistent mutism: Preparing early childhood environments for young children. In preparation for submission to The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

Harwood, D., Bosacki, S., & Borcsok, K. (2010). An investigation of young children's perceptions of teasing within peer relationships. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2(2).

Mayfield, M. I., Chen, C., Harwood, D. S., Rennie, T., & Tannock, M. T. (2009). Promoting young children's play in community play spaces. Canadian Children, 34(1), 4-12.

Harwood, D. (Fall, 2008). Deconstructing and reconstructing Cinderella: Theoretical defense of critical literacy for young children. Language & Literacy Journal, 10(2).

Harwood, D. (Spring, 2008.) The teasing phenomenon: Preschool siblings' experiences with teasing within their relationships. Canadian Children, 33(1), 10-16.

Refereed Conference Presentations (Selected)

Harwood, D. (2010, March). Coping with teasing in the early years. Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise: Early Learning and Care Conference. Kitchener, ON.

Harwood, D., & Bork, B. (2010, April). Nurturing the voice of children with selective mutism. Early Years Education Ontario Network, Play-based Learning in the Early Years Symposium, April 16, 2010, Burlington, ON.

Harwood, D. (2010, May). The power of children's drawings. Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario Annual Conference, May 28-30, 2010, Hamilton, ON.

Harwood, D., & Bosacki, S. (2010, June). An exploration of children's perceptions of teasing through narratives and drawings. CSSE, May 30-June 1, 2010, Montreal, QE.

Harwood, D. (2010, August). Listening to children's experiences with teasing. The Organisation Mondiale pour l'Education Préscolaire OMEP XXVI World Congress. August 11-13, 2010, Göteborg, Sweden.

Harwood, D., & Bork, B. (2010, August). I can speak 100 languages: Addressing selective mutism with the Reggio Emilia approach. OMEP XXVI World Congress. August 11-13, 2010, Göteborg, Sweden.

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Dr. Debra Harwood
Faculty of Education

Brock University
St. Catharines, On.

Office: WH 380
T: 905 688 5550 x5873
E: dharwood@brocku.ca


Social media for researchers workshop
January 27, 2016 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
SSHRC Insight Development Grant Writing Workshops
January 11, 2016 - 9:00am - January 14, 2016 - 12:00pm
PhD in Education Portfolio Defence - Owen Webb
January 7, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm