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Elizabeth Swadener

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Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Biography

Beth Blue Swadener is professor of justice studies and associate director of the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on internationally comparative social policy, with focus on sub-Saharan Africa, impacts of neoliberal policy on local communities, and children's rights and voices. She has co-edited and authored 11 books, including "Children and Families 'At Promise'," "Does the Village Still Raise the Child?", "Decolonizing Research in Cross-Cultural Context," "Children's Rights and Education," and "Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education: A Reader." Swadener is a co-founder of the Jirani Project, supporting children in Kenya, Local to Global Justice and Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE), and is active in several child advocacy organizations. 

Publications
  • Ndimande, B.S. & Swadener, B.B. Children’s rights and cultural tensions in South Africa. International Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood (2012).
  • Beth Blue Swadener & Valerie Polakow. Introduction to the Special Issue on Children's Rights and Voices in Research: Cross-National Perspectives. Early Education and Development (2011).
  • Kagendo Mutua & Beth Blue Swadener. Challenges to Inclusive Education in Kenya: Postcolonial Perspectives and Family Narratives. Inclusive Education: Examining Equity on Five Continents (2011).
  • Beth Blue Swadener. Child rights approaches to social and educational inclusion: Cross national perspectives. Proccedings from Pedagogy, Culture & Politics of Education: Dialogue for Inclusion conference September 10-11, 2011) Artistotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2011).
  • . Children's Rights and Voices in Research: Cross-national Perspectives. (2011).
  • Aysegul Ciyer; Mark Nagasawaa; Beth Blue Swadenera; Pradnya Patet. Impacts of the Arizona System Ready/Child Ready Professional Development Project on Preschool Teachers' Self-Efficacy. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education (2010).
  • Una Children’s Rights Learning Group [B.B. Swadener, lead author/executive editor]. Children’s Rights in Una and Beyond: Transnational Perspectives (Una Working Paper #7). online (on website of international project: Joint Learning Initiative on Children and Ethnic Diversity - Una) (2010).
  • Swadener, B.B. & O'Brien, L. Social responsibility and teaching young children: An education for living in ethical and caring ways. Social Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education: Transformative Standards (2009).
  • Swadener, B.B., Aquino-Sterling, C., Nakagawa, M., & Bartlett, M. Anti-oppressive Pedagogy in Early Childhood Teacher Education: A Conversation. Critical Pedagogy and Teacher Education in the Neoliberal Era: Small Openings (2009).
  • Rolstad, K., Swadener, B.B., Nakagawa, N. "Verde - sometimes we call it green": Construal of language difference and power in a preschool dual immersion program. International Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood (2008).
  • Swadener, B.B. Children’s rights, voices and allies: Stories from Kenya and the USA. International Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood (2008).
  • Swadener, B.B. & Mutua, K. Decolonizing performances: Deconstructing the global postcolonial. Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies (HCM) (2008).
  • Bloch, M.N. & Swadener, B.B. "Education for All"- Social Inclusions and Exclusions: Introduction and Critical Reflections. International Journal of Educational Policy, Research & Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies (2007).
  • Cannella, G.S. & Swadener, B.B. Contemporary public policy influencing children and families: "Compassionate" social provision or the regulation of "Others.". International Journal of Educational Policy, Research and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies (2006).
  • G Cannella, Elizabeth Swadener. Contemporary Public Policy Influencing Children and Families: "Compassionate" Social Provision Or the Regulation of "Others. International Journal of Educational Policy, Research and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies (2006).
  • Mutua, N.K. & Swadener, B. B. Physical Disability and the Cultural Construction of Manhood: Dialectics of Capitalism and Postcoloniality. Linking Research and Education: In Special Education: An International Perspectives Perspective (2005).
  • N Mutua, Elizabeth Swadener. Physical Disability and the Cultural Construction of Manhood: Dialectics of Capitalism and Postcoloniality. Linking Research and Education. Special Education: An International Perspectives Perspective (2005).
  • Martinez-Roldan, Carmen M. Bilingual children in literature discussions. Power and Voice in Research with Children (2005).
  • M Kabiru, A Njenga, Elizabeth Swadener. Early Childhood Development in Kenya: Empowering Young Mothers, Mobilizing a Community. Childhood Education (International Focus Issue) (2003).
  • Elizabeth Swadener, E Hall. Chilly climate: A mixed-method study of subtle sex discrimination at a state university. Initiatives (on-line Journal of the National Association for Women in Education) (2000).
  • Consortium of Arizona State Universities [B.B. Swadener, lead author/executive editor]. Family and Community Case Study Final Report (First Things First External Evaluation). Technical Report (0).
  • Consortium of Arizona State Universities [B.B. Swadener, lead author/executive editor]. Final Report (statewide) Arizona Child Care Demand Study. online (0).
  • Una Children’s Rights Learning Group [Swadener, B.B. lead author/executive editor]. Children’s Rights in Cultural Contexts (Una Working Paper #8). Una website (0).
  • Mitakidou, S. & Swadener, B.B. Epilogue. Educational Policy on Teaching and Learning in Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East (0).
  • Swadener, B. B., Cannella, G. S. & Che, Y. Reconceptualizing dominant (U.S.) early childhood education: An introduction with personal reflections. International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education (0).
  • Swadener, B.B., Mitakidou, S., Tressou, L., & Grant, C.A. Introduction. Beyond pedagogies of exclusion in diverse childhood contexts: Transnational challenges (0).
  • Swadener, B.B., Wachira, P., Kabiru, M. & Njenga, A. Africa's Future: Africa's Challenge. Early Childhood Care and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa's Future: Africa's Challenge. Early Childhood Care and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (0).
Research Activity
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 494Special Topics
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
SST 590Reading and Conference
JUS 590Reading and Conference
JUS 592Research
SST 592Research
SST 593Applied Project
JUS 593Applied Project
JUS 598Special Topics
SST 599Thesis
JUS 599Thesis
DCI 784Internship
JUS 790Reading and Conference
SPF 792Research
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
JUS 792Research
SOS 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
JUS 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
SOS 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 592Research
JUS 593Applied Project
JUS 599Thesis
SST 599Thesis
DCI 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
JUS 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
JUS 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
SST 580Practicum
JUS 590Reading and Conference
SST 590Reading and Conference
SST 592Research
JUS 592Research
SST 593Applied Project
JUS 593Applied Project
WST 593Applied Project
SST 599Thesis
JUS 599Thesis
DCI 599Thesis
SST 691Seminar
EPA 784Internship
DCI 784Internship
JUS 790Reading and Conference
DCI 790Reading and Conference
JUS 792Research
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
SOS 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
JUS 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 590Reading and Conference
SST 590Reading and Conference
JUS 592Research
SST 592Research
SST 593Applied Project
JUS 593Applied Project
SST 599Thesis
JUS 599Thesis
DCI 784Internship
SOS 790Reading and Conference
JUS 790Reading and Conference
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
JUS 792Research
SPF 792Research
SOS 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 592Research
JUS 593Applied Project
JUS 599Thesis
SST 599Thesis
DCI 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
JUS 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
JUS 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
SST 580Practicum
SST 590Reading and Conference
JUS 590Reading and Conference
SST 592Research
JUS 592Research
WST 593Applied Project
SST 593Applied Project
JUS 593Applied Project
SST 599Thesis
JUS 599Thesis
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 784Internship
EPA 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
JUS 790Reading and Conference
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
JUS 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
JUS 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
DCE 494Special Topics
SST 494Special Topics
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
SST 590Reading and Conference
JUS 590Reading and Conference
SST 591Seminar
SST 592Research
JUS 592Research
SST 593Applied Project
JUS 593Applied Project
DCE 598Special Topics
JUS 599Thesis
SST 599Thesis
JUS 691Seminar
DCI 784Internship
SOS 790Reading and Conference
JUS 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
EPA 792Research
SPF 792Research
JUS 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
JUS 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 592Research
JUS 599Thesis
DCI 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
JUS 790Reading and Conference
JUS 792Research
DCI 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 593Applied Project
SST 593Applied Project
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 784Internship
EPA 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
SPF 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
IED 498Pro-Seminar
SST 593Applied Project
DCI 599Thesis
SST 691Seminar
DCI 784Internship
EPA 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
SST 792Research
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SST 691Seminar
JUS 691Seminar
DCI 784Internship
SPF 792Research
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
SST 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
EPA 799Dissertation
EDA 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
DCI 599Thesis
JUS 691Seminar
SST 691Seminar
DCI 784Internship
EPA 784Internship
DCI 790Reading and Conference
SST 792Research
EPA 792Research
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
EPA 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Beth Blue Swadener. Children’s rights in research: Cross national examples. Invited Lecture, Forum for Children, Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland (Oct 2011).
  • Beth Blue Swadener & Lacey Peters. Talking to Kindergarteners: Learning about the transition to kindergarten from and with children. RECE (reconceptualizing early childhood education) 19th international conference (Oct 2011).
  • Beth Blue Swadener. Child rights approaches to social and educational inclusion: Cross national perspectives. Keynote presentation, Pedagogy, Culture & Politics of Education: Dialogue for Inclusion conference, (Sep 2011).
  • Kagendo Mutua & Beth Blue Swadener. Semiotics of Disability in Swahili Language use in Kenya. annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans) (May 2011).
  • Beth Blue Swadener & Kagendo Mutua. Deconstructing Disability in Swahili Text: For What Public Good?. annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (May 2011).
  • Beth Blue Swadener & Lacey Peters. Children's Rights and Consultation in Research. Una Biennial International Conference, Amsterdam (May 2011).
  • Beth Blue Swadener & Bekisizwe Ndimande. Children's Rights and Community Perpectives in South Africa. Una Biennial international conference, Amsterdam (May 2011).
  • Beth Blue Swadener & Mark Nagasawa. Navigating Early Childhood Policy and Practice: Glocalization and Reconceptualization. annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Apr 2011).
  • Beth Blue Swadener, Lacey Peters & Sonya Gaches. Children as Research Consultants: Utilization of Articles 12 and 13 of the United Nation’s Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Apr 2011).
  • Beth Blue Swadener & Valerie Polakow. Children’s Rights, Voices & Participation in Six Nations: Phase 1 of a Collaborative Qualitative Study. RECE 18th reconcpetualizing early childhood education international conference (Oct 2010).
  • Valerie Polakow & Beth Blue Swadener. Where Children’s Rights and Perspectives Matter: A Cross-National Qualitative Study. annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Denver) (Apr 2010).
  • Kagendo Mutua & Beth Blue Swadener. Re-imagining Inclusion: A postcolonial-disability Studies Perspective on Education in Kenya. annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Denver) (Apr 2010).
  • Beth Blue Swadener. Searching for children in public discourses: A cross-national study of children’s rights, voices and allies. RECE reconceptualizing early childhood education international conference, Victoria, BC CANADA (Oct 2008).
  • Beth Blue Swadener. Unlearning oppression, becoming stronger allies for diverse children and families. Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood annual conference (Nov 2007).
  • Rolstad, Kellie, Swadener, Elizabeth. Playing with bilingualism: Young children in a preschol dual immersion program. (Dec 2004).
Service
  • International Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood, Editorial Board member, reviewer (2008 - 2018)
  • Association for Supportive Child Care, Secretary, Board of Directors and member of several committees (2004 - 2016)
  • Crisis Nursery (Phoenix, AZ), Board of Directors member (2010 - 2015)
  • Local to Global Justice, Coordinator, faculty adviser, & co-founder (2001 - 2015)
  • Early Education & Development, Editorial Board member (1992 - 2015)
  • TEACH Early Childhood of Arizona, Advisory Board member (2008 - 2014)
  • Journal of Early Childhood Research, Editorial Board member (2004 - 2014)
  • Palgrave Macmillan, Book series editor (2007 - 2013)
  • Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Liaison -, Liaison - Program Committee and Host Committee, 21st international conference, Nairobi Kenya (Kenyatta Univ) (2012 - 2013)
  • American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), Associate Editor (2010 - 2013)
  • RECE Awards Committee, co-chair (2012 - 2012)
  • Child Care Resource and Referral, Advisory committee member (2009 - 2012)
  • Early Education and Development, Guest Editor (2011 - 2011)