Dr. Sandra Bosacki

Faculty of Education




Dr. Sandra Bosacki

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

Courses Taught

EDUC 5P37: Developmental and Educational Issues in Children and Adolescents
EDUC 5P47: Emotional Lives in the Classroom
EDUC 5P51: Holistic and Global Perspectives in Education
EDUC 5P55: Introduction to Educational Studies
EDUC 5P80: Introduction to Educational Inquiry
EDUC 5P92: An Introduction to Educational Research
EDUC 5P97: An Introduction to Integrated Studies
EDUC 5P93: Research Project
EDUC 5F95: Thesis Tutorial in Educational Studies
EDUC 5P98: Independent Study in Education
EDUC 5P96: Internship in Educational Issues

Research Interests

Emotional and sociocognitive development in children and adolescents; Theory of mind, self-esteem and social competence; School bullying/victimization experiences; Gendered self-concept/body image issues; Media literacy and popular culture; Spiritual and moral development; Risk-taking and resilience in youth; Play and humour in youth; Companion animals and human relationships

Publications

Books
Bosacki, S. (2012). Culture of ambiguity: Implications for self and social understanding in adolescence. Boston: Sense Publishers.
 
Bosacki, S. (2008). Children’s emotional lives: Sensitive shadows in the classroom. New York: Peter Lang.
 
Bosacki, S. (2005). Culture of classroom silence. New York: Peter Lang.
 
Book Chapters
Rizzo, K. & Bosacki, S. (2013). Social cognitive theory and practice of moral development in educational settings. In B. J. Irby, G. Brown, R. Lara-Alecio, & S. Jackson (Eds.) and P. Jenlink (Sect. Ed.), The handbook of educational theories (pp. 595-606). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
 
Bosacki, S. L., & O'Neill, S. A. (2012). Popular music, identity, and emotional competence in adolescents: Implications for the classroom. In S. A. O’Neill (Series Ed.), Personhood and music learning (pp. 153-164). Waterloo, ON: Canadian Music Educators Association
 
Bosacki, S. (2005). Religious development in children and youth. In C. Frisby & D. Reynolds (Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology (pp. 611-650). New York: Wiley & Sons.
 
Varnish, A., & Bosacki, S. (2005). Autism. In E. M. Dowling and W. G. Scarlett (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Spiritual and Religious Development, (pp. 25-26). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
 
Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Woods, H., Bosacki, S., & Coplan, R. (in-press). Canadian early childhood educators’ perceptions of children's gendered shy, aggressive, and prosocial behaviors. Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
 
Tardif-Williams, C. Y., Bosacki, S. L. (in-press). Gender and age differences in children's perceptions of self-companion animal interactions expressed through drawings. Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies.
 
Tardif-Williams, C. Y., & Bosacki, S. L. (in-press). Evaluating the impact of a humane education summer camp program on school-aged children’s relationships with companion animals. Anthrozoӧs.
 
Bosacki, S. (in-press). The role of psychological language in children’s theory of mind and self-concept development. Psychology of Language and Communications.
 
Servos, J. E., Dewar, B. A., Bosacki, S. L., & Coplan, R. J. (2015). Canadian early childhood educators’ perceptions of young children’s gender-role play and cultural identity. Journal of Early Childhood Research. doi:10.1177/1476718X15579740.
 
Kołodziejczyk, A. M., & Bosacki, S. L. (2015). Children's understandings of characters' beliefs in persuasive arguments: Links with gender and theory of mind. Early Child Development and Care, 185(4), 562-577. doi:10.1080/03004430.2014.940930
 
Bullock, A, Coplan, R., & Bosacki. S. (2015). Exploring links between early childhood educators’ psychological characteristics and classroom management self-efficacy beliefs. Canadian Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 47, 175-183. doi: 10.1037/a0038547
 
Bosacki, S. (2015). Children’s theory of mind, self-perceptions, and peer relations: A longitudinal study. Infant and Child Development, 24, 175-188. DOI: 10.1002/icd.1878
 
Bosacki, S. (2014). Brief Report: The Role of Psychological Language in Children’s Theory of Mind and Self-Concept Development. Psychology of Language and Communication, 18, 41-52. DOI: 10.2478/plc-2014-0003
 
Bosacki, S., Coplan, R., & Woods, H. (2014). Canadian female and male early childhood educators’ perceptions of child aggression and rough-and-tumble play. Early Child Development and Care, 1–14. doi:10.1080/03004430.2014.980408
 
Coplan, R. J., Bullock, A., Archbell, K. A., & Bosacki, S. (2015). Preschool teachers’ attitudes, beliefs, and emotional reactions to young children's peer group behaviors. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 30, 117–127. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.09.005
 
Bosacki, S. (2014). A longitudinal study of children’s theory of mind, self-concept, and gender-role orientation. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 6, 213-228.
 
Akseer, T., Bosacki, S. L., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Coplan, R. J. (2014). Canadian Elementary School Teachers’ Perceptions of Gender Differences in Shy Girls and Boys in the Classroom. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 29(2), 100–115. doi:10.1177/0829573514521992
 
Bosacki, S. (2013). A longitudinal study of children’s Theory of Mind and drawings of play. World Journal of Education, 3(5), 13-25. DOI: 10.5430/wje.v3n5p13
 
Lao, G., Akseer, T., Bosacki, S., & Coplan, R. (2013). Elementary teachers’ self-identified childhood shyness and their perceptions of shy children. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 5(3), 269-284.
 
Bosacki, S., Bialecka-Pikul, M., & Spzak, M. (2013). Theory of mind and self-concept in Canadian and Polish Youth. International Journal of Youth and Adolescence (on-line June 14, 2013). 1-13, DOI:10.1080/02673843.2013.804423
 
Bosacki, S., & O’Neill, S. (2013). Early adolescents’ emotional perceptions and engagement with popular music activities in everyday life. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth (on-line May 25, 2013). P. 1-17, DOI: 10.1080/02673843.2013.785438
 
Bosacki, S., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Coplan, R. (2013). Children’s talking and listening within the classroom: Teachers’ insights. Early Childhood Development and Care, 184, 247-265. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2013.781165
 
Bosacki, S. L. (2013). A longitudinal study of children's theory of mind, self-concept, and perceptions
of humor in self and other. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 41(4), 663-673. doi: 10.2224/sbp.2013.41.4.663
 
Boseovski, J., Lassiter, C., & Bosacki, S. (2013). Children’s trait and emotion attributions in socially ambiguous and unambiguous situations. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 174, 366-386. DOI:10.1080/00221325.2012.685991
 
Bosacki, S. (2013). Theory of mind understanding and conversational patterns in early adolescence. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 174, 170-191. DOI:10.1080/00221325.2012.659233
 
Bosacki, S, Harwood, D., & Sumaway, C. (2012). Being mean: Children’s gendered perceptions of peer teasing within the classroom. Journal of Moral Education, 41, 473-489, DOI: 10.1080/03057240.2012.690728.
 
Moore, K., Talwar, V., & Bosacki, S. (2012). Diverse voices: Children’s perceptions of spirituality. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 17, 217-234, DOI:10.1080/1364436X.2012.742040
 
Bosacki, S. (2012). Socioemotional competence, self-perceptions, and receptive vocabulary in shy Canadian children. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 4(3), 573-591.
 
Bosacki, S., Moore, K., Talwar, V., & Park-Saltzman, J. (2011). Preadolescents’ gendered spiritual identities and self-regulation. Journal of Beliefs and Values, 32(3), 303-316. DOI: 10.1080/136172/2011.627679
 
Bosacki, S. Coplan, R., Rose-Krasnor, L, & Hughes, K. (2011). Elementary school teachers’ reflections on shy children in the classroom. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 57, 273-287.
 
Coplan, R., Hughes, K., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Bosacki, S. (2011). Is silence golden? Elementary school teachers’ strategies and beliefs towards hypothetical shy/quiet and talkative/exuberant children. Journal of Educational Psychology, 103, 939-951. DOI: 10.1037/a0024551
 
Moore, C., Bosacki, S., & MacGillivary, S. (2011). Theory of mind and social interest in zero acquaintance play situations. Child Development, 82, 1151-1162. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01602.x
 
Moore, K., Talwar, V., Bosacki, S., & Park-Saltzman, J. (2011). Children’s perceptions of spirituality. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 57, 107-110.
 
Lagutatta, K., Nucci, L., & Bosacki, S. (2010). Bridging theory of mind and the personal domain: Children’s reasoning about resistance to parental control. Child Development, 81, 616-635.
 
Bosacki, S., Elliott, A., Akseer, S., & Bajovic, M. (2009). The spiritual component of children’s lives: The role of media. British Journal of Religious Education, 32(1), 49–61. doi:10.1080/01416200903332072
 
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), 237–260.
 
Bosacki, S., Elliott, A., Bajovic, M., & Akseer, S. (2009). Preadolescents’ Self-concept and Popular Magazine Preferences. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 23(3), 340–350. doi:10.1080/02568540909594665
 
Bosacki, S. L., Varnish, A., & Akseer, S. (2008). Children’s gendered sense of self and play as represented through drawings and written descriptions. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 23(2 ), 190–205. doi:10.1177/0829573508326302
 
Bosacki, S. L. (2007). Children’s understandings of emotions and self: Are there gender differences? Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 22(2), 155–172. doi:10.1080/02568540709594619
 
Bosacki, S., Dane, A., Marini, Z., & YLC‐CURA. (2007). Peer relationships and internalizing problems in adolescents: Mediating role of self‐esteem. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 12(4), 261–282. doi:10.1080/13632750701664293
 
Bosacki, S. L., Marini, Z. A., & Dane, A. V. (2006). Voices from the classroom: pictorial and narrative representations of children’s bullying experiences. Journal of Moral Education, 35(2), 231–245. doi:10.1080/03057240600681769
 
Bosacki, S., & Moore, C. (2004). Preschoolers’ Understanding of Simple and Complex Emotions: Links with Gender and Language. Sex Roles, 50, 659–675. doi:10.1023/B:SERS.0000027568.26966.27
 
Gillies-Rezo, S., & Bosacki, S. (2003). Invisible Bruises: Kindergartners’ perceptions of bullying. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 8(2), 163–177. doi:10.1080/13644360304628
 
Bosacki, S. (2003). Psychological pragmatics in preadolescents: Sociomoral understanding, self-worth, and school behavior. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 32(2), 141–155. doi:10.1023/A:1021861902463
 
Bosacki, S. L. (2000). Theory of mind and self-concept in preadolescents: Links with gender and language. Journal of Educational Psychology, 92, 709-717. doi:10.1037/0022-0663.92.4.709
 
Bosacki, S., & Ota, C. (2000). Preadolescents’ voices: A consideration of British and Canadian children’s reflections on religion, spirituality, and their sense of self. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 5(2), 203–219. doi:10.1080/713670922
 
Bosacki, S., & Astington, J. W. (1999). Theory of mind in preadolescence: Relations between social understanding and social competence. Social Development, 8(2), 237-255.
 
Recent Presentations at Peer-Reviewed Conferences
Tardif-Williams, C. Y., & Bosacki, S. L. (June, 2015). Dogs as reading buddies! Evaluating the impact of an animal-assisted educational reading program with school-aged children. Poster presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 
Tardif-Williams, C. Y., & Bosacki, S. L. (June, 2015). The impact of an animal-assisted educational reading program with school-aged children: What a dog reading buddy can offer! Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
 
Woods H., & Bosacki, S. (2015, June). Children's Emotional Competence and Theory of Mind and Classroom Social Behaviours. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society Conference. Toronto, ON.
 
Woods, H., & Bosacki, S. (2015, May). Exploring the Influence of Elementary School Teachers’ Self-Concept on their Beliefs about Bullying. Paper presented at annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference. Ottawa, ON.
 
Tardif-Williams, C. Y., Bosacki, S. L., Jones-Cowser, C., & Elliotson, B. (May, 2014). Dogs as reading buddies: Evaluation of an animal-assisted educational reading program and school-aged children's social-emotional competencies. Poster presented at Development 2014, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
 
Bosacki, S. Bialecka-Pikul, M., & Szpak, M. (March, 2014). Attachment, self-concept, and theory of mind in Polish adolescents: Does gender play a role? Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence. Austin, Texas.
 
Eskritt, M., & Bosacki, S. (March, 2014). Adolescents’ reasoning about deception in online vs. ‘real world’ interactions. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence. Austin, Texas.
 
Bosacki, S. (2013, October). Children’s theory of mind and perceptions of humor in self and other. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Memphis, TN.
 
Bialecka-Pikul, M., Bosacki, S., & Szpak, M. (2013, September). Theory of mind, attachment and self-concept in adolescents. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the European Association of Developmental Psychology, Lausanne, SW.
 
Bialecka-Pikul, M., Bosacki, S., & Szpak, M. (2013, September). Theory of mind, attachment and self-concept in adolescents. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the European Association of Developmental Psychology, Lausanne, SW.
 
Bosacki, S. (2013, September). Theory of mind and self-understanding in preadolesents: A longitudinal study. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the European Association of Developmental Psychology, Lausanne, SW.
 
Bosacki, S., Białecka-Pikul, M., & Spzak, M. (2013, April). Theory of mind and self-concept in Canadian and Polish Youth. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.
 
Tardif-Williams, C., Bosacki, S., & Huizinga, T. (April, 2013). Children’s summer camp experiences with companion animals and intra- and interpersonal competencies: Implications for humane education. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.
 
Eskritt, M., & Bosacki, S. (2012, July). Detection in emerging adults’ face to face and computer mediated Communication: Role of psychological language. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Studies in Behavioral Development, Edmonton, AB.
 
Tardif-Williams, C., & Bosacki, S. (2012, July). Pictorial and narrative representations of children’s companion animal experiences: Voices from summer camp. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Studies in Behavioral Development, Edmonton, AB.
 
Bullock, A, Coplan, R., & Bosacki. S. (2012, July). Early childhood educators’ personality, teaching experience, and efficacy for classroom management. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Studies in Behavioral Development, Edmonton, AB.
 
Bosacki, S., & O’Neill, S. (2012, July). Adolescents' gendered emotional perceptions of popular music experiences. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Studies in Behavioral Development, Edmonton, AB.
 
Dewar, B., Servos, J., & Bosacki, S. (2012, May). Self reflections of Canadian early childhood educators on their teaching and learning beliefs and practices. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, ON.
 
Moore, K., Talwar, V., & Bosacki, S. (2012, June). Diverse voices: Children’s perceptions of spirituality. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, ON.
 
Bosacki, S., & Tardif-Williams, C., (2012, June). Children’s moral worlds and their experiences with companion animals: Role of psychological language. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, ON.
 
Servos, J., Dewar, B., & Bosacki, S. (2012, May). Canadian early childhood educators’ perceptions of young children’s gender-role play and cultural identity. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Waterloo, ON.
 
O’Neill, S., & Bosacki, S. (2012, March). Adolescents’ personal meanings of music in real-world contexts: An exploratory study of youth activity engagement and emotional competence. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Vancouver, BC.

 

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Dr. Sandra Bosacki
Faculty of Education

Brock University
St. Catharines, On.

WH 369
T 905 688 5550 x4987
E sandra.bosacki@brocku.ca

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