Dr. Dalene M. Swanson

Professor, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta

 

 

PROFILE

I am Professor of Research and Engagement in the Faculty of Education at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education at the The University of Alberta in Canada. I am also an Associate of the Centre of Culture, Identity and Education, Faculty of Education, at The University of British Columbia. In 2009 I completed a two-year SSHRC postdoctoral scholarship in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. I am also a Faculty Associate of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education at The University of British Columbia. Prior to these current positions, I was a postdoctoral scholar with the Imaginative Education Research Group at Simon Fraser University. I completed my Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies and Mathematics Education at the University of British Columbia. My doctoral work is a critical exploration of the construction of disadvantage in school mathematics in social context. For my dissertation, Voices in the Silence: Narratives of disadvantage, social context and school mathematics in post-apartheid South Africa, I was honoured with the 2006 Illinois Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation Award [International Centre of Qualitative Research]; the 2006 American Educational Research Association Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Curriculum Studies Division; the 2005 Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award; and the 2005 Ted T. Aoki Prize for the most Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Curriculum Studies, UBC.

My research interests span curriculum studies; mathematics education; teacher education; critical theory / pedagogy; cultural studies and indigeneity; and socio-cultural, philosophical and political theories of education. I have employed interdisciplinary and arts-based approaches to research, and have especially embraced narrative methodologies. I have written articles engaging with narrative and poetic inquiry, and am particularly interested in innovative methodological approaches to qualitative research and writing. This interest is fostered by a commitment toward seeking decolonizing practices in research / inquiry. My Ph.D. dissertation was written within, what I refer to as, ‘critical reflexive narrative’ methodology or ‘critical rhizomatic narrative’ (Swanson, 2004).  

Critically important to me are issues of social, ecological and global justice. My experience living, teaching and researching in both 'developing' and 'developed nations' contexts have informed my interest in and commitment to anti-oppressive education and pedagogy, especially in respect of issues of privilege, poverty, constructed disadvantage, marginalization and social erasure, discourses of silence, and global economic and ideological colonization. As such, concepts of recent interest and investigation are ‘(economic) development’, ‘freedom’, ‘sustainability’, and ‘liberal democracy’ in relation to prevailing educational discourses and global political advocacies. Drawing on lived experiences within contexts of conflict and socio-economic and political oppression, I have commitments to the collective responsibilities of a ‘critical global citizenship’ in productive tension with all its attendant ethical difficulties, utopianisms and critical debates. In this respect, I seek, through my work, to find dialogical openings of hopeful possibility that may provide emerging praxes and pedagogies of egalitarianism, democracy, and global / ecological justice.

Recent and ongoing research emphases have included a focus on the critical relationship between social difference discourses, identity and constructed disadvantage. I draw on poststructuralist and postcolonial discourses in attending to the interconnectedness of context, discourse, subjectivity, ideology and power. In this sense, an important focus of my research is to attend critically to the contextual, relational and subjective intersections of race, class, gender, poverty, ethnicity, ableism, language and cultural differences, and other social difference discourses, toward contesting oppression and hegemony in ways that foster opportunities for social action. The purpose of such an approach, then, is to seek to co-create enabling discourses and practices within marginalized groups and communities, and to advocate for justice-seeking, participatory and democratic citizenship in ‘glocal’ contexts.     

At university, I have taught mathematics methods courses in the Teacher Education Programme, and at the Master's and PhD level, I have taught qualitative research methods, curriculum and pedagogy, and mathematics education courses. I have also taught in several of the offerings of the UBC online international interdisciplinary distance education course on 'global citizenship', for which I am also involved in a collaborative research project examining the possibilities of students' encountering 'transformative' experiences as a result of participating in the course as a collective learning community. As a UBC Faculty Advisor, I have supervised teacher candidates in schools in Vancouver for a number of years. My voluntary community and university service includes being invited by the Associate Dean, Teacher Education, to serve on a select committee of faculty members to re-imagine teacher education at UBC. I am currently consulting for the College of Education at the University of Qatar, Doha.

I was born and raised in South Africa. My experiences growing up during apartheid and later witnessing South Africa's transition to democracy strongly influenced and informed my life's work and personal commitments to social justice and egalitarianism. These experiences also helped to guide the development of my philosophical approaches toward education and shaped my research journey.

At twelve, I successfully auditioned for the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg specializing in Classical Ballet and Flamenco dance, where I graduated from school. I also studied contemporary dance, tap, modern, classical Greek, and folk and (inter)national dance, and won several awards in dance at national eisteddfods. I completed a Licentiate in Speech and Drama from Trinity College, London, and the Advanced Exam in Classical Ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance, London. I attended university during South Africa's struggle for democracy and freedom. I earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics and further degrees in Education, including a Master's at the University of Cape Town. I taught secondary school mathematics, drama and dance, in South Africa and Canada, for more than twelve years, and over the last several years I have been teaching and researching at the Universities of British Columbia and Alberta, and Simon Fraser University. In the past, I was involved in professional dance and drama. I currently enjoy landscape photography, and writing narrative and poetry.

For what I have experienced and understood, … I answer with my life.

Mikhail Bakhtin

 

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AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

Winner of the 2006 Illinois Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation Award. [International Institute of Qualitative Inquiry].

Winner of the 2006 American Educational Research Association Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (Division B:  Curriculum Studies).

Winner of the 2005 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies.

Winner of the 2005 Ted T. Aoki Prize for an Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia.

Awarded the Dean of Education Scholarship (2000 - 2001), Faculty of Education, UBC.

Awarded a full SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Doctoral Fellowship.

Awarded two University Graduate Fellowships (2000; 2002).

Awarded a Faculty of Education Grant (2001).

Ph.D. awarded with Category One, December 2004.

M.Ed. Dissertation awarded with Distinction, July 1998.

Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, 1994.

Nominated by the Faculty of Education, UBC, for the 2005 Canadian Association of Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award. 

One of two candidates short-listed for a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. 

Awarded a Postdoctoral Scholarship, The Imaginative Education Research Group, SFU, September 2006 - August 2007.

Awarded a two-year SSHRC Postdoctoral Scholarship, University of Alberta, September 2007 - August 2009.

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POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION


BSc (Mathematics), University of Cape Town

LTCL (Speech and Drama), Trinity College, London. 

HDipEd (Postgraduate, Secondary), (Mathematics and English), University of Cape Town

BEd (Postgraduate), (Mathematics Education & English Education), University of Cape Town

MEd (Mathematics Education & Sociology of Education), University of Cape Town

PhD (Curriculum Studies), University of British Columbia

Further professional qualifications include:

Advanced Certificate in Classical Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance, London;

Advanced Certificate in Spanish and Flamenco Dance, South African Dance Teachers’ Association

Intermediate Certificate in Classical Greek Dance, South African Dance Teachers’ Association

Silver Diploma in Tap and Modern Dance 

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

Refereed Book Chapters

Swanson, D.M. & Jones, S. (forthcoming). Internationalism, ‘development’ and global citizenship: reflections through an international transdisciplinary online course. In Rebecca Thiessen (Ed.), When the World is Your Classroom and Your Classroom is the World. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 

Swanson, D.M. (2012). The owl spreads its wings: global and international education within the local from critical perspectives. In Y. Hèbert & A. Abdi (Eds.),Intensification of International Education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. [Series: Comparative and International Education: A Diversity of Voices. Series editors: Allan Pitman, Vandra Masemann, Miguel Pereya]

Swanson, D.M (2012). Ubuntu, African epistemology and development: contributions, tensions, contradictions and possibilities. In H.K Wright and A.A. Abdi (Eds.)The dialectics of African education and Western discourses: appropriation, ambivalence and alternatives. New York: Peter Lang.

Maheux, J-F, Swanson, D.M., Khan, S. (forthcoming,2012). From Text to Pretext: An Ethical Turn in Curriculum Work. In T. Mason & R.J. Helfenbein (Eds.), Ethics and International Curriculum Work: The Challenges of Culture and Context.   

Swanson, D.M. (2011). Parallaxes and paradoxes of global citizenship: Critical reflections and possibilities of praxis in/through an international online course. In Lynnette Schulz, Ali Abdi & George Richardson (Eds.), Global Citizenship Education and Post Secondary Institutions: Policies, Practices and Possibilities, (pp.120-139). New York: Peter Lang.

Swanson, D.M. (2010, July). Value in Shadows: A critical contribution to Values Education in our times. In T. Lovat and R. Toomey (Ed.), International Research Handbook on Values Education and Student Wellbeing. NY: Springer Press.

Swanson, D.M. (2010, April). Paradox and Politics of Disadvantage: narratizing critical moments of discourse and mathematics pedagogy within the "glocal". In M. Walshaw (Ed.), Unpacking Pedagogy: New Perspectives for Mathematics(pp. 245 – 263). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Swanson, D. M. (2009, August). Where have all the fishes gone?: Living Ubuntu as an ethics of research and pedagogical engagement. In. D. Caracciolo and A. Mungai (Eds.), In the Spirit of Ubuntu: Stories of Teaching and Research.(pp. 3-21) [In book series: Transgressions: Cultural Studies and Education, Series Ed. Shirley Steinberg.] Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publications.

Swanson, D.M. (2008, November). Breaking Silences. In. D. T. Jacobs (Ed.), The Authentic Dissertation: Alternative ways of knowing, research and representation.(pp. 83-94) London: Routledge.

Swanson, D.M. (2007). Silent Voices, silent bodies: difference and disadvantage in schooling contexts. In D. Freedman & S. Springgay (Eds.), Curriculum and the Cultural Body (pp. 63-78). NY: Peter Lang. [Foreword by Madeleine Grumet.]

Swanson, D.M. (2007). Shadows Between Us: An A/R/Tographic gaze at issues of ethics and activism, In S. Springgay, R. Irwin, C. Leggo, P. Gouzouasis, & K Grauer, (Eds.). Being with a/r/tography. (pp. 179-185) Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Swanson, D.M. (2007). A life for Aprile: Social Justice as a Search of/for the Soul. In K.Nolan & E. de Freitas (Eds.). Opening the research text: critical insights and in(ter)ventions into mathematics education. (pp. 231-239) NY: Springer Press.

Swanson, D.M. (2005). School Mathematics: Discourse and the Politics of Context. In A. Chronaki & I.M. Christiansen (Eds.) Challenging Perspectives on Mathematics Classroom Communication (pp. 261-294). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. [A series in International Perspectives on Mathematics Education, (Ed.) Leone Burton].

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Refereed Journals

Swanson, D.M. (2010, July). Genu(re)flections: Mathematics, Democracy and the Arts. Educational Insights, 13(1). [Special issue: Performing the Sign: Mathematics, Democracy and the Arts. Special Editor: Dalene M. Swanson.] [Online] Available: http://www.ccfi.educ.ubc.ca/publication/insights/v13n01/articles/swanson/index.html

Swanson, D.M. (2010). Inspiriting a Disembodying of the “Dream of a Single Logic”: A Response to Elizabeth Mowat & Brent Davis. Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education, 7(1), 52-56 [Online] Available:http://www.complexityandeducation.ualberta.ca/COMPLICITY7/Complicity7_TOC.htm.

Swanson, D.M. (2009, February). Dark Roots and Murmurings of the Moon: Voicing the poetic in living (in) inquiry, Educational Insights, 13(3). [Special issue on Poetic Inquiry: Special editors: Monica Prendergast and Carl Leggo.] [Online] Available: http://ccfi.educ.ubc.ca/publication/insights/v13n03/articles/swanson/index.html

Swanson, D.M. (2009, January). States of Nature: Creating 'the normal' through the tale of a farm school in South Africa. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 5(2). 95-133 [Editors: Patrick Slattery and James G. Henderson].

Swanson, D.M. (2009, January). Roots / Routes (Part I), Qualitative Inquiry, 15(1) 49-57 (Sage Publications). http://qix.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/15/1/49

Swanson, D.M. (2009, January). Roots / Routes (Part II), Qualitative Inquiry, 15(2) 58-78 (Sage Publications) http://qix.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/15/1/49

Swanson, D.M. (2007). Ubuntu: An African contribution to (re)search for/with a “humble togetherness.” The Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 2(2), 53-67. University of Alberta, Special Edition on African Worldviews. [Online] Available: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/JCIE/issue/view/56

Swanson, D. M. (2007, September). Cultural Beads and Mathematical AIDS: A critical narrative of disadvantage, social context and school mathematics in post-apartheid South Africa, with reflections and implications for 'glocal' contexts. Philosophy of Education Journal, 21(2), 1-78. [Special Issue on Social Justice. Editor: Paul Ernest]. [Online] Available: http://www.people.ex.ac.uk/PErnest/pome21/index.htm

Swanson, D.M. (2002). ‘Disadvantage’ and School Mathematics: The Politics of Context. International Journal of Learning, Vol. 9, 1471-1480. [Online] Available: http://ijl9.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.44/prod.135

Swanson, D.M. (2001). Beyond the Bondage of Boundaries. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 6(4), 313-321.

Swanson, D.M. (2000) Teaching Mathematics in Two Independent School Contexts: the construction of good practice, Educational Insights, UBC: [Online] Available: www.ccfi.educ.ubc.ca/publication/insights/online/v06n01/swanson.html

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Conference Proceedings

Swanson, D.M. (2006, July 16-21). Power and Poverty - Whose, Where, and Why?: School mathematics, context and the social construction of disadvantage. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Prague, Czech Republic, Vol 5, pp. 217-224. (Refereed)

Swanson, D.M. (2006). Voices in the Silence. Proceedings of the Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group Annual Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta. (pp. 129 – 134). [Online] Available: http://publish.edu.uwo.ca/cmesg/cmesg06/2006Proceedings.pdf

Swanson, D.M. (2006, July). Re-imagining social justice in mathematics education through imaginative relevance. Proceedings of the 2006 4th International Conference on Imagination and Education, Imaginative Education Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.

Swanson, D.M. (2005, July). Anti-oppressive Education and Imagination: Living in the place of the impossible. 2005 3rd International Conference on Imagination and Education, Imaginative Education Research Group, SFU.
[Online] Available: http://www3.educ.sfu.ca/conferences/ierg2005/papers.php?first_letter=S

Swanson, D.M. (2001, July). Disadvantage and School Mathematics: The Politics of Context. Proceedings of the Ninth International Learning Conference, Beijing, China. (Refereed)

Swanson, D.M; Holmes, P., Schnellert, L. (2006, February). Situated Meaning-Making: Teacher-Researchers as Bricoleurs. Proceedings of the 2006 Annual Conference of the Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching, Vancouver, B.C.

 

Book Review Publications

Swanson, D. M. (2007). Review of: Preparing for Post-secondary Education: new Roles for Governments and Families, Editors: R. Sweet and P. Anisef; Montreal: McGillCQueens University Press, 2005. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 36(4).

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UNIVERSITY COURSES TAUGHT

MAED 320 (Mathematics Methods), UBC Teacher Education Programme, 2004, 2005, 2006

EDCI 565B, Qualitative Research: Engaging the ‘Bricolage.’, UBC Dept of Curriculum Studies, Master’s and PhD, 2005

EDUC 490, Introduction to Global Citizenship, UBC External Programmes and Learning Technologies, Faculty of Education, International interdisciplinary online distance learning, 2006

MAED 565, Mathematics Education in Critical Perspective, UBC Dept of Curriculum Studies, Master’s and PhD, 2006

EDUC 820, Current Issues in Curriculum and Pedagogy, SFU Faculty of Education, Required Master’s, 2006

SOCI 433, Perspectives on global citizenship, UBC Department of Sociology, International interdisciplinary online distance learning, 2006, 2007, 2008.

Curriculum of Encounter, University of Alberta, Department of Secondary Education, Faculty of Education, Master's and Ph.D., May 2009.

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JOURNAL EDITORSHIP

Special Issue Editor for the peer-reviewed international online education journal, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia:
Educational Insights http://www.ccfi.educ.ubc.ca/publication/insights/.

Special Issue, Educational Insights, Volume 13, Number 1, 2010: Performing the Sign: mathematics, democracy and the arts:  http://www.ccfi.educ.ubc.ca/publication/insights/v13n01/flashintro/flashpage.html

Introduction: http://www.ccfi.educ.ubc.ca/publication/insights/v13n01/intro/index.html

Released: July 2010.

Editorial Board member: Near and Middle Eastern Journal of Research in Education.[From February 2011 onwards]

Consulting Editor: Canadian Journal of Education. [From September 2008 onwards].

Associate Editor: International Journal of Learning , 2007

Associate Editor: International Journal of Qualitative Research, 2007

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SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Recent CFHSS Congress, CSSE Special Program Event, UBC

A FAILURE OF (IN)SIGHT?: Re-imagining global discourses and public policies on development, poverty, literacy, ICT, media and education from developing country contexts

Sunday, June 1st, 10:30 – 1:15pm, Scarfe 100

2008 CIDA-CFHSS Collaborative Program Award, Invited International Panel – co-sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Supported by the Canadian Society for the Study of Education.

Dr. Dalene Swanson (University of Alberta / UBC) will chair an international panel discussion that challenges the conventional wisdom of 'developed nations' on 'developing country' concerns relating to poverty, democratic governance, development, health, ICT access, gender equality, world trade, education, and ecological and social sustainability. Offering research, policy perspectives and lived experiences from 'developing countries', with the inclusion of three specialist panelists from Africa working in media, ICT, literacy, education, and community development, the panel will engage critically with these issues from multiple entry points and orientations. Some of these perspectives and challenges are offered through participation, research and teaching in an online international transdisciplinary distance education course, Perspectives on Global Citizenship, developed collaboratively at The University of British Columbia as a program component of the Certificate in Global Issues. Four participating panelists are currently instructors in the Global Citizenship course. They offer research orientations, experience and knowledge of key development and globalization issues from lived experience and work in international contexts, especially Africa, as well as from a Canadian platform. This panel attempts to address the 'failure of (in)sight' to see, listen, comprehend, and co-imagine self-empowering possibilities for 'developing countries' and the global/local issues that are of importance to them. It also hopes to open up debate that fosters insightful opportunities for responsible, ethically-engaged, dialogical relationships and collaborative initiatives that address pressing 'glocal' challenges that affect us all. Panelists are: Professor Guy Berger (Rhodes University, South Africa); Professor Ali Abdi (University of Alberta); Daniel Ahimbisibwe (Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda); Dr. Dalene Swanson (University of Alberta / UBC); Dr. Leah Macfadyen, Dr. Shelley Jones, Terry O'Donovan (The University of British Columbia).

http://educ.ubc.ca/csse/events.html


Refereed Presentations (2005-2010)

Swanson, D.M. (2010, October 6-8). Writing stories in the shade: ethical dances in the dappled play of qualitative research. Paper presented at the 11th Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Conference held in Vancouver, Canada.

Swanson, D.M. (2010, June 14-18). Citizenship, Globalization’s Subordinating Signs and Development. Paper presented at the World Council of Comparative Education Societies XIV World Congress, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Swanson, D.M. (2009, October, 7-10). In the shade of stories: ethical dances in the dappled play of qualitative research and narrative writing. Paper presented at the 10th Advancements in Qualitative Methods Conference, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Conference held in Vancouver, Canada.

Swanson, D.M. (2009, July 1-4). Paradox and Parallax: Possibilities for Transformative Learning in an Online International Trans-Disciplinary Course on Global Citizenship. Paper presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Learning, University of Barcelona, Spain. 

Swanson, D.M. & Jones, S. (2009, May). Terrains of Transformative Learning: Taking a Look at Service Learning from Global Citizenship Course Perspectives. Paper presented in panel, Learning-Volunteering Abroad and Global Citizenship, 2009 Canadian Association for the Study of International Development annual conference, Ottawa.   

Swanson, D.M. (2009, April). Dark roots, the spread of an owl’s wings, and murmurings of the moon: Voicing the poetic in living (in) inquiry. Paper presented in symposium, Poetic Inquiry: Vibrant Voices in the Social Sciences, at the annual congress of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, USA.

Swanson, D.M. (2009, April). Re-imagining “Knowing” and the Imagination: Social Justice in the Classroom. Paper presented at the annual congress of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, USA.  

Swanson, D.M., Macfadyen, L., O'Donovan, T., Fuller, J., O'Connor, B., Cox, A., Avasadanond, B., Land-Murphy, J., Chin, A. (2008, October). Narratives of Transformation: Critical reflections on pedagogy and practice in / through an international online course on global citizenship. Paper presented (by Dalene Swanson) at the conference, Global Citizenship Education and Post Secondary Institutions: Policies, Practices and Possibilities, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Swanson, D.M. (chair and panelist), and invited panelists: Berger, G., Abdi, A., Ahimbisibwe, D., Macfadyen, L., Jones, S., O'Donovan, T. (2008, May/June). A Failure of (In)sight?: Re-imagining global discourses and public policies on development, poverty, literacy, ICT, media and education from developing country contexts. Panel discussion: 2008 CIDA CFHSS Collaborative Program Award, Invited International Panel ¨C co-sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (double session), held at the national annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education and the congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Swanson, D.M., Jones, S., Macfadyen, L., O'Donovan, T. (2008, May/June). How the Earth Moved: Transformative learning in an online international course on global citizenship. Paper presented at the national annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of education, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Swanson, D.M. (2008, May/June). Shadows Between Us: An A/r/tographic gaze on issues of ethics and activism. Paper presented at the national annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of education, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Gouzouasis, P., Irwin, R., Wiebe, S., Swanson, D.M., Bickel, B., Guyas, A.S., Belliveau, G., Gaylie, V., Sameshima, P., McKenzie, M. D., Timmerman, N., O'Donoghue, D., Norman, R. (2008, March). Being with A/r/tography: Rendering Collaborative Endeavors Across the Arts. Symposium held at the annual congress of the American Educational Research Association, New York.

Swanson, D.M. (2007, July 18-21). The Road to Progress?: Shaping a hopeful educational vista for the future.  Paper presented at the 2007 5th International Conference on Imagination and Education, Imaginative Education Research Group, SFU, Vancouver, Canada.

Swanson, D.M. (2007, June 26-29). Living in the place of the impossible: Imaginative Education for Social Justice. Paper presentation for The Fourteenth International Learning Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Swanson, D.M. (2007, February 18-20). Global Citizenship: Ivory and Irony? Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Complexity Science and Educational Research, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada.

Swanson, D.M. (2006, November 24). Speaking with a soilful voice. Paper presented at the African Education: Worldviews, Ways of Knowing & Pedagogy Symposium, Faculty of Education, UBC. 

Swanson, D.M. (2006, July 12-15) Re-imagining social justice in mathematics education through imaginative relevance.  Paper presented at the 2006 4th International Conference on Imagination and Education, Imaginative Education Research Group, SFU, Vancouver, Canada.

Swanson, D.M. & Gerofsky, S. (2006, June 23/24). A performative presentation: Unsettling Normativity in Teacher Education. Unsettling Conversations: An Arts and Education Practice Based Research Collaborative Inquiry, Faculty of Education, UBC. 

Swanson, D.M. & McLean, S. (2006, June 22). Teaching towards social and ecological justice online: Introduction to Global Citizenship at UBC. E-learning Town Hall 2006, UBC, Vancouver.  

Swanson, D.M. (2006, June 9). Learning local and global-mindedness and social/eco justice through Global Citizenship Online. 6th Annual Faculty of Education Research Day, UBC, Vancouver.

Swanson, D.M. (2006, June 3-7). Ph.D. presentation: Voices in the Silence: Narratives of disadvantage, social context and school mathematics in post-apartheid South Africa, Canadian Mathematics Education Research Group annual conference, University of Calgary, Calgary. 

Swanson, D.M. (2006, May 4-6). “Moments of Articulation”: Taking a Look at the Contributions of Narrative to a Critical Focus in Curriculum. Paper presented at the Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Swanson, D.M. (2006, May 4-6).  “Humble Togetherness and Ubuntu”: An African Contribution to a Reflexive, Critical, Narrative Journey. Paper presented at the Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Swanson, D.M. (2006, April) Whose power, Whose poverty?: School mathematics, context and the social construction of “disadvantage”. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.

Swanson, D.M; Holmes, & P., Schnellert, L. (2006, February). Situated Meaning-Making: Teacher-Researchers as Bricoleurs. Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Conference of the Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching, Vancouver, B.C.  

Swanson, D.M. (2005, September). Ubuntu: An African contribution to a narrative journey of seeking humble togetherness. Paper presented at Comparative and International Education Society (West) Annual Conference,UBC, Vancouver, Canada.

Swanson, D.M. (2005, July). Anti-oppressive Education and Imagination: Living in the place of the impossible. Paper presented at the 2005 3rd International Conference on Imagination and Education, Imaginative Education Research Group, SFU, Vancouver, Canada. 

Swanson, D.M. (2005, April). Creating “the Normal” Through the Tale of a Farm School in South Africa. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.

Swanson, D.M. (2005, February). Roots/Routes: A performative narrative. Paper presented at the 3rd annual conference on Provoking Curriculum: Trans/forming narratives, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada. 

Invited Presentations

Invited guest speaker, Professor Ingrid Johnston's (Post)graduate course on Postcolonial Identities, University of Alberta, March 26th 2009.

Invited panelist, Dialogue on Global Citizenship, International Week, UBC, March 19th, 2009.

Invited by Dr. Karen Meyer to speak on narrative in her weekly graduate class: Alternatives in Scholarly Writing, CUST 565A, February 7, 2008, UBC.

Swanson, D.M. (2007, October). Dark Roots and Murmurings of the Moon: Voicing the Poetic in Living (in) Inquiry, 1st International Conference on Poetic Inquiry. St. John’s College, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Invited speaker with Dr. Leah Macfadyen: Perspectives on global citizenship. Go Global Week, UBC Go Global Student Mobility Programs, International House; October 16, 2007. 

Invited paper presentation: Ironic understanding, ironic validity, ironic pedagogy: what does a postmodern ethic have to offer? Imaginative Education Study Group Dean’s Speaker Series, Halpern Centre, SFU. May 29, 2007.

Invited panelist: Global Responsibility. Global Forum on International Cooperation, International House, UBC, June 5, 2007.

Invited speaker: On Research and a Global Ethic: Lower Mainland Museum Science Educators Association, Vancouver Art Gallery, May 18, 2007

Invited speaker: “Speaking with a soilful voice”. African Education: Worldviews, Ways of Knowing & Pedagogy Symposium, Faculty of Education, UBC, (November 24, 2006). 

Invited panelist, speaking on “Global Citizenship”: “Making Hope Happen: Peering through different lenses – a conversation to frame our common understandings”. BCTF symposium on Global Education, Vancouver, (2006, June 23).

Invited panelist on Social Justice, World Urban Peace Forum, UBC, Vancouver, (2006, May 19).

Invited by Angela Brown, Anti-Racism Consultant, Vancouver School Board, to present at a Diversity Focus Day (Pro-D): The Power of Story. Presentation title: Empowering Students through the Story of Mathematics, (K-7), (2006, February 27).  

Invited by Professor Arlene McLaren, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, as a guest lecturer to 3rd and 4th year Sociology students, March 1, 2006. Presentation title: “Whose Poverty, Whose Power”?: a critical story of mathematics education and society.

Invited panelist to Centre of Cross Faculty Inquiry, Department of Education, UBC, Panel on Issues in Education Series: “Ethical Complexities in Qualitative Research”, (2006, March 9). 

Invited panelist to Department of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education, UBC, Faculty Seminar Series: “Is it Interdisciplinary?” (2005, September 22).

Invited panelist to the Pacific Institute of the Mathematical Sciences Annual Conference, (2003, July), University of British Columbia, Canada. Panel Discussion: “The Political Dimensions of Numeracy.” 

Swanson, D.M. (1999, January). An Introduction to Contemporary Issues in African Studies (pp. 1 – 12). Invited paper presented at the meeting of the African Development Dissertation Workshop, Rockefeller Foundation, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. (Unpublished paper refereed by the Rockefeller Foundation.)

Invited Special Lectures

On Difference and Discernment, Friday Seminar Series, Teacher Education and Diversity, Curriculum and Pedagogy Institute, University of Alberta, December 14, 2007.

Critical literacy for democratic citizenship, CCRL Research Luncheon Seminar, Canadian Centre for Research on Literacy, Tuesday March 18, 2008. Rm. 651A Education South, University of Alberta

Earth in Parallax and Paradox: reflexive learning in an online international transdisciplinary distance education course on global citizenship Public Lecture, School of Education, University of New South Wales, February 11, 2009.

"Glocalization" as live/d pedagogy?: insights on an online international course on global citizenship, International Centre and the Curriculum and Pedagogy Institute, University of Alberta, March 27th, 2009.

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INVITED WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION


African Dissertation Workshop, Rockefeller Foundation, 1999, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON.
I was one of only seventeen participants invited on the basis of a refereed, pre-submitted paper, to attend this four day academic workshop addressing contemporary African research issues and debates. The application was open to students in graduate programs from all universities throughout North America and is highly competitive.

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(INVITED) REVIEWS


Adjudicator for 2011 ARTS Graduate Award for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, May 2011.

Abstract reviewer for the 2011 Provoking Curriculum Conference, Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies, October 2011.

Invited reviewer for the Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 2010

Invited Reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Education, Editor: Julia Ellis, July 2007; February 2008; ongoing.

Invited Reviewer for Transnational Curriculum Inquiry, Editor: Noel Gough, October 2007.

Invited Reviewer for the International Journal of Learning, July 2007.

Reviewer for the 2007 5th International Conference on Imagination and Education, Imaginative Education Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Invited Reviewer for The International Journal of Qualitative Inquiry, Editor: Norman Denzin, Sage Publications; June 2006.

Reviewer for the 2006 4th International Conference on Imagination and Education, Imaginative Education Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. 

Invited reviewer for Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, on the book: Preparing for Secondary Education: New Roles for Government and Families, by Robert Sweet and Paul Anisef, 2006. 

Reviewer for the 2006 4th International Conference on Imagination and Education, Imaginative Education Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. 

Reviewer for Spirituality and Education SIG of AERA Annual Conference, 2006. 

Reviewer for the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies, of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Annual Conference, 2004; 2008.

Reviewer in 2002 for the monograph: Challenging Perspectives on Mathematics Classroom Communication. (2005). A. Chronaki and I.M. Christiansen (Eds.)

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LINKS

 

Parallaxes and paradoxes of global citizenship: Critical reflections and possibilities of praxis in/through an international online course.

Value in Shadows: A critical contribution to Values Education in our times

Paradox and Politics of Disadvantage: narratizing critical moments of discourse and mathematics pedagogy within the "glocal"

Performing the Sign: mathematics, democracy and the arts: Special Issue, Educational Insights, 13(1), 2010

Performing the Sign: Introduction

Genu(re)flections: mathematics, democracy and the arts

Roots/Routes (Parts I and II), Qualitative Inquiry 15 (2), December 2008, Sage Publications.

School Mathematics: Discourse and the Politics of Context

Shadows Between Us: An A/R/Tographic gaze at issues of ethics and activism

Cultural Beads and Mathematical AIDS: A critical narrative of disadvantage, social context and school mathematics in post-apartheid South Africa, with reflections and implications for glocal contexts

Disadvantage’ and School Mathematics: The Politics of Context.

Teaching Mathematics in Two Independent School Contexts: the construction of good practice

Ubuntu: An African contribution to (re)search for/with a “humble togetherness.”

In the Spirit of Ubuntu: Stories of Teaching and Research

Swanson-Hope (with)in Difference-PME Newsletter-December 2009

Interview: Ubuntu, an “ecopolitics alternative?to neoliberal economic globalization (translation) IHU Online, Revista do Instituto Humanitas Unisinos Volume 353, December 6, 2010

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