Dawn Zinga, Ph.D.

Faculty of Social Sciences - Child and Youth Studies




Dawn Zinga, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
CRN - 333
(905) 688-5550 ext. 3152
dzinga@brocku.ca

My research interests are focused primarily in the following three areas: cultural diversity within educational contexts; Indigenous education; digital and e-learning contexts. In the area of cultural diversity, I examine how newcomer, Indigenous, and mainstream youth navigate educational contexts. Specifically, I am interested in how students navigate and negotiate the following: creating community/social bonds; experiencing and resisting educational policy; multiculturalism and racism; educational pathways. I combine my teaching and research to examine effective ways of teaching university students about racism and multiculturalism. I am also an active non-Indigenous scholar working within the field of Indigenous education where my work focuses on: decolonizing approaches to education within various modalities; Indigenous distance education; Indigenous and non-Indigenous research collaborations; negotiating Indigenous community and university collaborations; ethical considerations in Indigenous research; Indigenous pedagogy and practice; infusing Indigenous ways of knowing into the classroom; integration of Indigenous teaching and learning in higher education with both Indigenous and mainstream students; Aboriginal education within Canadian contexts. My work in digital and e-learning contexts has largely focused on distance education, e-learning contexts and techniques, and cyber-bullying. In addition, I also do some research on teaching and learning that intersects with my other primary areas of research.

 
Research Interests:
  • Cultural diversity in educational contexts
  • Children and youth’s conceptual understandings of multiculturalism and race
  • Experiences of racism
  • Preparing educators for diverse classrooms
  • Educational policy
  • Educational pathways
  • Indigenous education
  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous research collaborations
  • Indigenous methodologies
  • Decolonizing approaches
  • Indigenous pedagogy and practice
  • Distance education
  • E-learning contexts and techniques
  • E-learning pedagogy and practice
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Discourses on child and youth rights
 
Undergraduate Supervision:
I will be accepting new students for the 2013/14 academic year. Students are welcome to bring their own ideas for research topics and I will supervise students outside my list of research interests. Please drop by or book an appointment for a chat about undergraduate honors thesis or applied research projects.
 
Previous and current graduate students whom I have supervised have conducted research in the following areas: children and high risk behaviours; divorce and children’s resilency; multiculturalism and education; parental deployment; reading and young children; transition to high school.
 
Graduate Supervision:
I will be accepting new graduate students for the 2013/14 academic year. Students are welcome to bring their own ideas for research topics and I will supervise students outside my list of research interests. Please get in touch if you’d like to chat about graduate supervision.
 
Previous and current graduate students whom I have supervised or served as a committee member have conducted research in the following areas: Aboriginal parenting; Aboriginal cultural and education; black-focused schools; cultural diversity in high school; cultural hybridity; Evidence-based practice; family context and adoptees from China; father involvement in breastfeeding; reading motivation; school re-entry of pediatric cancer survivors.
 
 
Selected Publications:
 
Books
O’Neill, T. & Zinga, D. (Eds). (2008). Children’s Rights: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Participation and Protection. University of Toronto Press: Toronto, Ontario.
 
Zinga, D. (Ed.). (2006). Navigating Multiculturalism: Negotiating Change. Cambridge Scholar’s Press: Newcastle, UK.
 
Zinga, D. (Ed.). (2004). Perspectives on Multiculturalism. Hamilton: Zing Media.
 
Chapters in Books
Zinga, D. (2010). Boundaries in Cyber-space: Media and Stakeholders as Policy Shapers. In Shariff, S. & Churchill, A. H. (Eds.). Truths and Myths of Cyber-bullying: International Perspectives on Stakeholder Responsibility and Children’s Safety, (pp. 105-136). Peter Lang: New York, NY.
 
Zinga, D & Young, S (2008). Children’s right to education: Contextualizing its expression in developed and developing countries. In T. O’Neill & D. Zinga (Eds), Children’s Rights: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Participation and Protection, (pp. 85-112). University of Toronto Press: Toronto, Ontario.
 
Zinga, D. & Davis, M. (2006). Canada’s educational challenge: A Eurocentric curriculum in a multicultural country. In D. Zinga (Ed.) Navigating Multiculturalism: Negotiating Change, (pp.216-247). Cambridge Scholar’s Press: Newcastle, UK.
 
Zinga, D. (2004). Multiculturalism as reflected in children’s artwork. In D. Zinga (Ed.)., Perspectives on Multiculturalism (pp. 82-100). Hamilton: Zing Media.
 
Zinga, D., & Ewers, M. (2004). Multicultural education in the classroom. In D. Zinga (Ed.)., Perspectives on Multiculturalism (pp. 33-48). Hamilton: Zing Media.
 
Articles
Zinga, D (in press). Journeying with youth: Re-centering Indigeneity in child and youth care. Child & Youth Services,
 
Deckers, C. M.& Zinga, D. (2012).Locating Home: Newcomers Youths’ School and Community Involvement. Canadian Journal of Education, 35 (3), 30-47.
 
Gordon, M. & Zinga, D. (2012). ‘Fear of stigmatization’: Black Canadian
youths’ reactions to the implementation of a black-focused school in Toronto.
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 131, 1-37.
 
Zinga, D. & Styres, S. (2011). Pedagogy of the Land: Tensions, Challenges and
Contradictions. First Nations Perspectives: The Journal of the Manitoba First Nations Resource Centre, 4. 59-83.
 
Styres, S., Zinga, D., Bennett, S., & Bomberry, M. (2010). Walking in Two Worlds: Engaging the Space Between Indigenous Community and Academia. Canadian Journal of Education, 33(3), 617-648.
 
Zinga, D., Styres, S., Bennett, S., & Bomberry, M. (2009). Student Success Research Consortium: Two Worlds Community-First Research. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 32 (1), 19-37.
 
Zinga, D. (2008). Ontario’s challenge: Denominational rights in public education.
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 80, 1-44.
 
Born, L., Zinga, D., & Phillips, S.D. (2006). Update on the treatment of depression during pregnancy. Therapy, 3, (1), 153-161.
 
Zinga, D., Bennett, S., Good, D., & Kumpf, J . (2005). Policy and practice: Acquired brain injury in Canadian educational systems. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy , 43, 1-23. http://www.umanitoba.ca/publications/cjeap/articles/zinga.html
 
Krpan, K., Coombs, R., Zinga, D., Steiner, M., & Fleming, A .S. (2005). Experiential and hormonal correlates of maternal behavior in teen and adult mothers. Hormones and Behavior , 47 , 112-122.
 
Born, L., Zinga. D., & Steiner, M. (2004). Challenges in identifying and diagnosing postpartum disorders. Primary Psychiatry , 29-34.
 
Bennett, S., Good, D., Zinga, D., & Kumpf, J. (2004). Acquired brain injury: A silent voice in the Ontario educational system. Exceptionality Education Canada , 14 (1), 115-130
 
Zinga, D., Bennett, S., Good, D., & Kumpf, J. (2003). Brief Report: Educating educators about acquired brain injury. Journal on Developmental Disabilities , 10 (1), 159 – 163.
 
Conference Presentations
Sanderson, C. & Zinga, D. (2012, May). Navigating the High School Transition: Studnts Talk About Social Aspects, Teachers and Parents . Paper submitted for presentation at the annual conference of The Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Waterloo, Ontario.
 
Stowe, C. & Zinga, D. (2012, May). Using a Decolonizing Lens: Students’ Learning Journeys in an Undergraduate Course. Paper submitted for presentation at the annual conference of The Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Waterloo, Ontario.
 
Zinga, D., & Styres, S. (2012, May). Pedagogy of the Land: Challenges, Tensions, and Contradictions. Paper submitted for presentation at the annual conference of The Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Waterloo, Ontario.
 
Styres, S. & Zinga, D. (2012, May). Tensions and Resistance to a Pedagogy of the Land Among Teacher Candidates. Paper submitted for presentation at the annual conference of The Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Waterloo, Ontario.
 
Zinga, D. & Styres, S. (2012, April). Fostering Resistance in the Classroom: A Land-centred Approach to Education. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia.
 
Zinga, D., & Styres, S. (2011, May). Power and Privilege in the Classroom: Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Perspectives. Paper presented at the annual conference of The Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
 
Styres, S. & Zinga, D. (2011, May). Bringing a Good Mind to Indigenous Educational Research: The Community-first Land-centred Research Method. Paper presented at the annual conference of The Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
 
Gordon, M. & Zinga, D. (2011, April). Student Perceptions of School Experiences in a Multicultural Context. Paper presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisanna.
 
Zinga, D. (2011, April). Lessons Learned From Working with Indigenous Youth and Communities. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development. Montreal, Quebec