Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Programs
Scarfe Library Block 272B


University of Colorado-Boulder

Selected Publications:


Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2017). Vygotsky and the promise of public education. New York: Peter Lang.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & Stevens, L. P. (Eds.). (2005). Re/constructing “the adolescent”: Sign, symbol and body. New York: Peter Lang.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & *Jervis-Tracey, P. (Eds.). (2004). Crossing boundaries: Perspectives across paradigms in educational research. Brisbane, QLD: Australian Academic Press.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & *Rawolle, S. (Eds.). (2003). Educational imaginings: On the play of texts and contexts. Brisbane, QLD: Australian Academic Press.

Journal Articles

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & *Vellos, R. E. (2016). Recreating social futures: The role of the moral imagination in student-teacher relationships in alternative education. International Journal of Child, Youth, and Family Studies, 7(2), 307-323.

*Dalkilic, M. & Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2016). Re-conceptualizing inclusive education through the capability approach: Elaborating the theory and practice of relational inclusion. Global Education Review, 3(3), 122-137.

*Dalkilic, M. & Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2016). Problematizing the discourse of inclusion: The production of regulation through “inclusion” in early childhood education. Global Studies of Childhood. 6(1), 17-30.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A., *Alkouatli, C., & *Amini, N. (2015). Elaborating “dialogue” in communities of inquiry: Attention to discourse as a method for facilitating dialogue across difference. Childhood and Philosophy, 11(22), 299-318,

Evers, S., Vadeboncoeur, J. A., & Weber, B. (2015). Situating children’s rights in cultural perspectives on childhood: Intermedial inquiry. Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights, 2(1), 48-71.

*Vellos, R. E. & Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2015). Rebuilding attendance practices with youth: The role of social mediation. Educational Studies, 41(1-2), 91-108.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A., *Kady-Rachid, H., & *Moghtader, B. (2014). Learning in and across contexts: Reimagining education. National Society for the Study of Education, 113(2), 339-358.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & **Murray, D. (2014). Imagined futures in the present: Minding learning opportunities. National Society for the Study of Education, 113(2), 633-652.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & *Rahal, L. (2013). Mapping the social across lived experiences: Relational geographies and after-school time. Banks Street Occasional Paper Series, 30, 1-15.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & *Collie, R J. (2013). Locating social and emotional learning in schooled environments: A Vygotskian perspective on learning as unified. Mind, Culture, and Activity: An International Journal, 20(3), 201-225.

*Lai, Y. & Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2012). The discourse of parent involvement in special education: A critical analysis linking policy documents to the experiences of mothers. Educational Policy, 27(6), 867-897. DOI: 10.1177/0895904812440501, online April 29, 2012.

*Liu, Y. & Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2010). Bilingual intertextuality: The joint construction of bi-literacy practices between parent and child. Mind, Culture, and Activity: An International Journal, 17(4), 1-15.

*Jhangiani, S. J. & Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2010). Health care “as usual”: The insertion of positive psychology in Canadian mental health discourse. Mind, Culture, and Activity: An International Journal, 17(2), 1-16.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2009). Spaces of difference: The contradictions of alternative educational programs. Educational Studies, 45(3), 280-299.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2006). Engaging young people: Learning in informal contexts. Review of Research in Education, 30, 239-278.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A., Hirst, E., & Kostogriz, A. (2006). Spatialising sociocultural research: A reading of mediation and meaning as third spaces. Mind, Culture, and Activity: An International Journal 13(3), 161-173.

Hirst, E. & Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2006). Patrolling the borders of Otherness: Dis/placed identity positions for teachers and students in schooled spaces. Mind, Culture, and Activity: An International Journal 13(3), 203-225.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & Luke, A. (2004)Who’s / whose at risk? Answerability and the critical possibilities of classroom discourse. Critical Discourse Studies, 1(2), 201-223.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & Torres, M. N. (2003). Constructing and reconstructing teaching roles: A focus on generative metaphors and dichotomies. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 24(1), 87-103.


Vadeboncoeur, J. A., Perone, A., & *Panina-Beard, N. (2016). Creativity as a practice of freedom: Imaginative play, moral imagination, and the production of culture. In V. P. Glaveanu (Ed.), Handbook of creativity and culture research (pp. 255-273). New York: Palgrave.

Göncü, A. & Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2015). Returning to play: The critical location of play in children’s sociocultural lives. In S. Douglas & L. Stirling (Eds.), Children’s play, pretense, and story: Studies in culture, context, and ASD (pp. 294-313). New York: Routledge, Psychology Press.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2013). Framing achievement when learning is unified: The concept of unity in Vygotsky’s theory and methodology. In S. Phillipson, K. Ku, & S. N. Phillipson (Eds.), Constructing achievement: A sociocultural perspective (pp. 13-25). New York, NY: Routledge.

Panofsky, C. P. & Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2012). Schooling the social classes: Triadic zones of proximal development, communicative capital, and relational distance in the perpetuation of advantage. In H. Daniels (Ed.), Vygotsky and sociology (pp. 192-210). New York, NY: Routledge.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A., *Vellos, R. E., & *Goessling, K. P. (2011). Learning as (one part) identity construction: Educational implications of a sociocultural perspective. In D. McInerney, R. A. Walter, & G. A. D. Liem (Eds.), Sociocultural theories of learning and motivation: Looking back, looking forward (Vol.10) (pp. 223-251). Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2005). Naturalized, restricted, packaged and sold: Reifying the fictions of “adolescent” and “adolescence.”Re/constructing “the adolescent”: Sign, symbol and body (pp. 1-24). New York: Peter Lang.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2005). The difference that time and space make: An analysis of institutional and narrative landscapes. In J. A. Vadeboncoeur & L. P. Stevens (Eds.), Re/constructing “the adolescent”: Sign, symbol and body (pp. 123-152). New York: Peter Lang.

*Rawolle, S. & Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2003). Educational research in an age of scientific and economic rationalism: An argument for talking back. In J. A. Vadeboncoeur & S. Rawolle (Eds.), Educational imaginings: On the play of texts and contexts (pp. 1-34). Brisbane, QLD: Australian Academic Press.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & *Rawolle, S. (2003). Ethics in educational research: A step toward answerability. In J. A. Vadeboncoeur & S. Rawolle (Eds.), Educational imaginings: On the play of texts and contexts (pp. 375-392). Brisbane, QLD: Australian Academic Press.

Portes, P. R. & Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (2003). Mediation in cognitive socialization: The influence of socioeconomic status. In A. Kozulin (Ed.),Vygotsky’s theory of education in cultural context (pp. 371-392). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. & Portes, P. R.  (2002). Students “at risk”: Exploring identity from a sociocultural perspective. In D. M. McInerney & S. Van Etten (Eds.), Research on sociocultural influences on motivation and learning, Vol. 2 (pp. 89-128). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Vadeboncoeur, J. A. (1997). Child development and the purpose of education: A historical context for constructivisms in teacher education. V. Richardson (Ed.), Constructivist teacher education: Building a world of new understandings (pp. 15-37). Washington, DC: Falmer Press.

Research Projects:

Social spaces in a flexible learning centre: Negotiating successful learning through participation
(with co-investigator Dale Murray)

Research in the literature across Australia and the US highlights the barriers to success in mainstream schools for some young people. This research captures the “positive thesis,” or what works for many youth excluded from schools, by building on an 18-month study of six educational outreach programs where young people re-engage in learning. Recommendations and a model of flexible learning centers, including principles for operation and governance, leadership and staffing, professional development, and four curriculum strands, is being generated.

Funded by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, Brisbane Australia.

Courses Taught:

EPSE 630 Advanced Seminar on Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
EPSE 606 College and University Teaching
EPSE 604A Culture and Youth
EPSE 604 Thinking through Identity, Self, Subjectivity: Disciplinary and Transdisciplinary Perspectives
EPSE 587 Analyzing Discourse in Education: Descriptive and Critical Approaches
LLED 576 Analyzing Discourse in Education: Descriptive and Critical Approaches
CCFI 572A Research Epistemology, Ontology, and Axiology: Disciplinary and Transdisciplinary Perspectives
EPSE 511 Play: A Cultural-Historical Life Course Perspective
EPSE 503 Cultural Perspectives on Learning, Development and Media
EPSE 501 Seminar in Human Development, Learning and Culture
EPSE 313 Educational Applications of Developmental Theories
EPSE 306 Education During the Adolescent Years