Sandra Bosacki

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. (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. (in-press). Social cognitive theory and practice of moral development in educational settings. In R. A. Robles-Pina (Section Ed.), & B. J. Irby, G. Brown, R. Lara-Alecio, & S. A, Jackson (Vol. Eds.) (pp. XX-XX). The Handbook of Educational Theories. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bosacki, S. (2001). “Theory of Mind” or “Theory of the Soul?” The role of spirituality in children’s understanding of minds and emotions. In C. Erriker, & J. Erriker, & C. Ota (Eds.), Spirituality and Morality: Implications for Education (pp. 156-169). Brighton, UK: Sussex Academic Press.
Articles in Refereed Journals
  • Bosacki, S. (in-press). Theory of mind understanding and conversational patterns in early adolescence. Journal of Genetic Psychology (30 pages).
  • Boseovski, J., Lassiter, C., & Bosacki, S. (in-press). Children’s trait and emotion attributions in socially ambiguous and unambiguous situations. Journal of Genetic Psychology (32 pages).
  • Bosacki, S, Harwood, D., & Sumaway, C. (in-press). Being mean: Children’s gendered perceptions of peer teasing within the classroom. Journal of Moral Education (25 pages).
  • Moore, K., Talwar, V., & Bosacki, S. (2012). Diverse voices: Children’s perceptions of spirituality. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 1-18, 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, 2012, 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.
  • Moore, C., Bosacki, S., & MacGillivary, S. (2011). Theory of mind and social interest in zero acquaintance play situations. Child Development, 82, 1151-1162.
  • Moore, K., Talwar, V., Bosacki, S., & Park-Saltzman, J. (2011). Diverse voices: 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. (2010). Children’s media habits and preferences: Does spirituality play a role? British Journal of Religious Education, 32, 49-61.
  • 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).
  • Bosacki, S., Elliott, A., Bajovic, M., & Akseer, S. (2009). Preadolescents’ magazine reading habits and self-concept: Does gender play a role? Journal of Research in Childhood Education. 23, 240-250.
  • Moore, C., Bosacki, S., & MacGillivary, S. (in-press). Theory of mind and social interest in zero acquaintance play situations. Child Development.
  • 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. (2010). Children’s media habits and preferences: Does spirituality play a role? British Journal of Religious Education, 32, 49-61.
  • 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).
  • Bosacki, S., Elliott, A., Bajovic, M., & Akseer, S. (2009). Preadolescents’ magazine reading habits and self-concept: Does gender play a role? Journal of Research in Childhood Education. 23, 240-250.
  • Bosacki, S., Varnish, A., & Akseer, S. (2008). Pictorial and narrative representations of children’s sense of self and play. Canadian Journal of School Psychology. 23, 190-205.
  • Bosacki, S. (2007). Children’s understandings of emotions and self: Are there gender differences? Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 22, 155-172.
  • 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, 261-282.
  • Willoughby, T., Chalmers, H., Busseri, M., Bosacki, S., Dupont, D., Marini, Z., Rose-Krasnor, L., Sadava, S., Ward, T., & Woloshyn, V (2007). Adolescent Non-Involvement in Multiple Risk Behaviors: An Indicator of Successful Development? Applied Developmental Science, 11, 89-103.
  • Bosacki, S., Francis-Murray, N., Pollon, D., & Elliott, A. (2006). ‘Sounds good to me': Canadian children’s perceptions of popular music. Music Education Research, 8, 369-385.
  • Bosacki, S., Marini, Z., & Dane, A. (2006). Pictorial and narrative representations of children’s bullying experiences: Voices from the classroom. Journal of Moral Education. 35, 231-245.
  • Marini, Z., Dane, A., & Bosacki, S., & YLC-CURA (2005). Direct and indirect bully-victims: Differential psychosocial risk factors associated with adolescents involved in bullying and victimization. Aggressive Behavior, 32, 1-19.
  • Woloshyn, V., Chalmers, H., & Bosacki, S., & YLC-CURA (2005). Creating community-university partnerships in a teacher education program: A case study. The Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 51, 246-260.
  • Bosacki, S., & Moore, C. (2004). Preschoolers’ understanding of simple and complex emotions: Links with gender and language. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 50, 659-675.
  • McGinn, M., & Bosacki, S. (2004, March). Research Ethics and Practitioners: Concerns and Strategies for Novice Researchers Engaged in Graduate Education. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(2). Retrieved April 29, 2004 from http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/2-04/2-04mcginnbosacki-e.html.
  • Gillies-Rezo, S., & Bosacki, S. (2003). Invisible bruises: Kindergartners’ perceptions of bullying, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 8, 163-178.
  • Bosacki, S. (2003). Psychological pragmatics in preadolescents: Sociomoral understanding, self-worth, and school behavior. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 32, 141-155.
  • Bosacki, S. (2002). Spirituality and self in preadolescents: Implications for a connected curriculum. Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education, 23, 55-67.
  • Elliott, A., Bosacki, S., Woloshyn, V., & Richards, M. (2002). Exploring preadolescents’ media and literacy choices. Language and Literacy. 3, 1-13.
  • Bosacki, S. (2001). Spirituality, Gendered Subjectivities, and Education in Preadolescents: Canadian preadolescents’ reflections on gender roles and their sense of self. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 6, 207-222.
  • Hutchison, D., & Bosacki, S.. (2001). Over the edge: Can holistic education contribute to experiential education? Journal of Experiential Education, 23, 177-182.
  • Bosacki, S. (2000). Theory of mind and self-concept in preadolescents: Links with gender and language. Journal of Educational Psychology, 92, 709-717.
  • 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, 203-219.
  • Bosacki, S., & Astington, J. (1999). Theory of mind in preadolescence: Relations between social understanding and social competence. Social Development, 8, 237-255.
  • Bosacki, S. (1998). Is silence really golden? The role of spiritual voice in folk pedagogy and folk psychology. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 3, 109-121.
  • Bosacki, S., Innerd, W., & Towson, S. (1997). Field independence-dependence and self-esteem in preadolescents: Does gender make a difference? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 26, 691-703.
  • Bosacki, S. (1997). Theory of mind and education: Toward a dialogical curriculum. Holistic Education Review, 10(3), 32-41.
  • Bosacki, S. (1997). Reconnecting the brain and the body: Holistic education for preadolescents. Holistic Education Review, 10(1), 53-60.
  • Bosacki, S. (1995). Promoting positive attitudes towards Aboriginal elementary school students. Canadian Social Studies, 30, 19-23.
Book Reviews
  • Bosacki, S. (in press). A review of Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr., Arlene Brett, & Gary N. McCloskey “Computers, curriculum, and cultural change: An introduction for teachers.” Education and Information Technologies.
  • Bosacki, S. (2005). A review of David Buckingham & Margaret Scanlon’s book “Education, entertainment, and learning in the home.” Education and Information Technologies.
  • Bosacki, S. (2000). A review of Lisa Goldstein’s book “Teaching with love: A feminist approach to early childhood education.” Brock Education, 9, 110-113.
  • Bosacki, S. (1999). Spiritual literacy: Can schools provide nourishment for children’s brains and souls? Book review in International Journal of Children’s Spirituality ,4, 91-95.
  • Bosacki, S. (1999). A review of Susan Harter’s book “The construction of the self: A developmental perspective.” Brock Education, 9, 77-80.