Dawn Zinga

Professor
Acting Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Graduate Studies and Research

Office:
905-688-5550 x3152
dzinga@brocku.ca

Dr. Zinga is a cognitive developmental psychologist who embraces multiple disciplines.  She currently holds a Brock Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence with Dr. Shauna Pomerantz.  Dr. Zinga is currently involved in four active research projects. The Chancellor’s Chair project with Dr. Pomerantz, the First Year Experience, focuses on students’ transitions to university and their experience during first year. She is also PI on a SSHRC funded longitudinal research project with Dr. Danielle Molnar and Dr. Zopito Marini that focuses on the high school and postsecondary experiences of students who are the first generation in their families to attend postsecondary and explore what strategies support those experiences. Dr. Zinga is also a co-applicant on Dr. Sandra Styres’s SSHRC funded project exploring what it means to be Indigenous within the Academy. She has also teamed up with Dr. Molnar and Dr. Maureen Connolly on a SSHRC funded project exploring the experience of young competitive dancers and their families.  Overall, Dr. Zinga’s current research interests focus on students’ experiences within educational settings, Indigenous education and pedagogies, and young competitive dancers’ experiences. She enjoys working with collaborative teams and students on research.

  • Students and educational contexts
  • Indigenous education, methodologies, and decolonizing approaches
  • Competitive dancers and dance contexts
  • Preparing educators for diverse classrooms
  • E-learning pedagogy and practice

Books

Jahnke, H., Styres, S., Lilley, S. & Zinga, D. (In press-release date Fall 2018), Standing our Ground: Indigeneity and the Politics of Higher Education. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press.

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.

Articles

Zinga, D. & Gordon, M. (2014). Racism under the radar’: Student perceptions of school experiences in a multicultural setting. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 1-29.

Zinga, D. & Styres, S. (Eds.) (2013). Indigenous education: Pathways to (re)membering. Special Journal Issue in Canadian Journal of Education, 36 (2), 1-319.

Styres, S. & Zinga, D. (2013). The Community-First Land-Centred theoretical framework: Bringing a ‘good mind’ to Indigenous education research? Canadian Journal of Education, 36 (2), 284-313

Zinga, D. (2012) Journeying with youth: Re-centering Indigeneity in child and youth care. Child & Youth Services, 33 (3-4), 258-280.

Deckers, C. M. & Zinga, D. (2012). Locating Home: Newcomers Youths’ School and Community Involvement. Canadian Journal of Education35 (3), 30-47.

 

  • Zinga, D. & Molnar, D. (2017). Through Their Eyes: Exploring the World of Competitive Dancers and Their Parents. PhotoVoice Presentation at the Conceptualizing Children and Youth Conference held at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.
  • Styres, S. & Zinga, D. (2017). The TRC Calls to Action: Higher Education Responses. Paper presented at the 2017 World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference in Education in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Zinga, D. (2016). Teaching as the Creation of Ethical Space. Paper presented at the 2016
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education 44th Annual Conference held at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Zinga, D. & Styres, S.  (2016). Decolonizing Curriculum: Student Resistances to Anti- oppressive Pedagogies. Paper presented at the 2016 Canadian Society for the Study of Education 44th Annual Conference held at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Styres, S. & Zinga, D.  (2016). Land as Pedagogy in the Virtual World. Paper presented at the 2016 Canadian Society for the Study of Education 44th Annual Conference held at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Styres, S. & Zinga, D. (2016). Indigeneity in Virtual Spaces. Paper presented at the 2016
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education 44th Annual Conference held at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Jahnke, H., Lilley, S., Styres, S., Zinga, D. (2014). Virtual Relations: A Transnational Exploration of Indigenous Education within Distance Delivery Modes. Paper presented at the 2014 WIPCE (World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference in Education) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Jahnke, H., Lilley, S., Styres, S., Zinga, D. (2014). Virtual Relations: A Transnational Exploration of Indigenous Education within Distance Delivery Modes. Paper presented at the 2014 WIPCE (World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference in Education) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Styres, S. & Zinga, D. (2014). Culturally Aligned Learning Assessment within Indigenous Education. Paper presented at the 2014 WIPCE (World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference in Education) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Bomberry, M., Zinga, D., & Styres, S. (2014). Negotiating Relationships: Community Partnerships with Universities. Paper presented at the 2014 WIPCE (World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference in Education) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Styres, S., Lilley, S. Zinga, D. & Jahnke, H. (2014). E-Learning in Indigenous Contexts: Tensions, Challenges and Contradictions. Paper presented at the annual conference of The Canadian Society for Studies in Education in St. Catharines, Ontario.

I will be accepting new students for the 2018/19 academic year. Students are welcome to explore becoming part of one of my active research projects or bring their own ideas for research topics. I will supervise students outside my list of research interests. Please drop by or book an appointment for a chat about undergraduate honours thesis or applied research projects.

Previous and current undergraduate students whom I have supervised have conducted research in the following areas: specialized programming for students first in their families to pursue postsecondary education; elementary and secondary school students’ bus experiences; parental involvement in schools; children and high risk behaviours; divorce and children’s resiliency; multiculturalism and education; parental deployment; reading and young children; transition to high school.

I will be accepting new graduate students for the 2018/19 academic year. Students are welcome to bring their own ideas for research topics or consider joining one of my existing research projects.  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 paediatric cancer survivors; web-based learning platforms.