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Ana Marjanovic-Shane, Ph.D.

Ana Marjanovic-Shane, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Education
Coordinator of Federal Grants
St. Joseph Hall, 4th Flr., SJ472
215.248.3709
Biography: 

Dr. Marjanovic-Shane is an Associate Professor of Education with more than 30 years of teaching experience. She started teaching in higher education in Novi Sad and Belgrade, Yugoslavia, teaching courses in child development, educational psychology and research methods in education. In the USA, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, Philadelphia University and University of Delaware prior to coming to Chestnut Hill College full time in 2009. Dr. Marjanovic-Shane approaches her studies from a Bakhtin inspired socio-cultural point of view, looking at a wide variety of meaning making processes, relationships and events in education with a focus on the ways their participants experience them. With a strong conviction that humans should not be objectivized, she approaches her research participants through ethnography, grounded theory and other qualitative, narrative and art based methods, always looking for validating her participants’ subjectivities and points of view. Dr. Marjanovic-Shane has presented her scholarly research at numerous US and international conferences in education. She published it in educational and psychological journals as well as book chapters. She has co-edited two books on creativity and drama in education and is an author of a monograph on meaning-making in the child language development.

Educational Background: 
  • Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • M.A. in Psychology, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1978
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1975
  • Diploma in German Language, Westfälische Wilhelms Universität, Münster, Germany, 1975
Courses Taught: 

Dr. Marjanovic-Shane is an Associate Professor of Education with more than 30 years of teaching experience. She started teaching in higher education in Novi Sad and Belgrade, Yugoslavia, teaching courses in child development, educational psychology and research methods in education. In the USA, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, Philadelphia University and University of Delaware prior to coming to Chestnut Hill College full time in 2009. Dr. Marjanovic-Shane approaches her studies from a Bakhtin inspired socio-cultural point of view, looking at a wide variety of meaning making processes, relationships and events in education with a focus on the ways their participants experience them. With a strong conviction that humans should not be objectivized, she approaches her research participants through ethnography, grounded theory and other qualitative, narrative and art based methods, always looking for validating her participants’ subjectivities and points of view. Dr. Marjanovic-Shane has presented her scholarly research at numerous US and international conferences in education. She published it in educational and psychological journals as well as book chapters. She has co-edited two books on creativity and drama in education and is an author of a monograph on meaning-making in the child language development.

Scholarly Interests: 

Dr. Marjanovic-Shane has been teaching courses in child development, educational psychology, creative arts methods, culture in education, foundations of early childhood education (early childhood education theories), school-family/community collaboration, research methods and evaluation in education, cultural diversity in communal contexts, culturally responsive teaching practices in special education, technologically rich learning environments, and others.

Research areas:
meaning-making processes in education; democracy and dialogue in education; imagination, play, art and drama in education, educational relationships and agency in education, open syllabus education, etc.

Selected Publications: 

Marjanovic-Shane, A., (2014), A paradigmatic disagreement in dialogue on “Dialogic Pedagogy” by Eugene Matusov and Kiyotaka Miyazaki, Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal, University of Pittsburgh Press, Vol. 2 (2014), pp. SI:ddp-48-54, DOI: 10.5195/dpj.2014.122, http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/dpj.2014.122

Marjanovic-Shane, A., & White, E. J., (2014), When the footlights are off: A Bakhtinian interrogation of play as postupok. International Journal of Play. 3:2, pp. 119-135, doi: 10.1080/21594937.2014.931686

Matusov, E., & Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2015). Rehabilitation of power in Democratic Dialogic Education. In K. Jezierska & L. Koczanowicz (Eds.), Democracy in dialogue – dialogue in democracy. ISBN: 978-1-4724-4898-9

Matusov, E., & Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2015). Typology of critical dialogue and power relations in Democratic Dialogic Education. In K. Jezierska & L. Koczanowicz (Eds.), Democracy in dialogue – dialogue in democracy. ISBN: 978-1-4724-4898-9

Matusov, E. & Marjanovic-Shane, A., (2014), Democratic Dialogic Education For and From Authorial Agency, An Interview with Professor Eugene Matusov, Europe's Journal of Psychology, Vol. 10(1), pp. 1-20, doi:10.5964/ejop.v10i1.762, http://ejop.psychopen.eu/article/view/762

Rainio, A., & Marjanovic-Shane, A., (2013), From ambivalence to agency: Becoming authors, actors and heroes in a drama workshop, Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 2(2) 111-125. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2013.04.001

Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2012), Ka novoj paradigmi  obrazovanja: uvodna razmatranja [Towards a new paradigm of education: an introduction], J. Šefer & Ševkušić, S., (Eds.), Teorijska određenja inicijative, saradnje i stvaralaštva u pedagoškom kontekstu (I deo) [Theoretical interpretations of the concepts of  initiative, cooperation and creativity in pedagogical contexts, Part I], Zavod za udžbenike, Beograd.

Other Academic Information: 

Dr. Marjanovic-Shane is a co-founder and a deputy Editor-in-Chief of Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal – http://dpj.pitt.edu/