Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

David MacLennan

Name: Dr. David MacLennan
Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 250 828 5168


Skiing, cycling, hiking, swimming, travel.

Research Interests

My primary research interest is the social organization of learning. This includes theoretical work on the ideas of Pierre Bourdieu and Lev Vygotksy. It also includes more empirical studies of the social organization of learning in schools, workplaces, and various informal settings. Recent research includes interviews with ecologists and naturalists who were invited to map their knowledge of local ecosystems. One of the goals of this research is educational: to promote environmental literacy and increase awareness of the cultural significance of local landscapes.


BA University of British Columbia
MA Simon Fraser University
Ph.D. York University


2014. (forthcoming). Duxbury, N., Garrett-Petts, W., MacLennan, D. (eds.). Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry. New York: Routledge.

2012. Contributed 12 case studies to Bratton and Gold text, Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice (5th edition). New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012. The case studies explore the implications of globalization for human resource management.

2011. Maggi, S., Roberts, W., MacLennan, D. and D.,Angiulli, A. (2011). Community resilience, quality childcare, and pre-schoolers mental health: A three-city comparison. Social Science & Medicine 73(7): 1080-1087.

2010. Work and Society Feature.Series of case studies contributed to J. Bratton (with M. Callinan, C. Forshaw and P. Sawchuk), Organizational Behaviour: Understanding the Workplace. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2009. (with D. Lawrence and W.F. Garrett-Petts). Storymapping: Exploring The Naturalists Sense of Place. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge #18 Special Issue: Imaging Place

2005. (with D. Lawrence, W.F. Garrett-Petts and B. Yourk). Vernacular Landscapes: Sense of Self and Place in the Small City. In W.F. Garrett-Petts, ed., The Small Cities Book: On the Cultural Future of Small Cities pp.145-162. Vancouver: New Star.

2003. Sociocultural Approaches to Cognition: Implications for the Sociology of Education. In C. Torres and A. Antikainen, edts. The International Handbook on the Sociology of Education: An International Assessment of New Research and Theory, pp. 101-123. New York: Rowman & Littlefield

Employment History

University of Western Ontario
Thompson Rivers University

Courses Taught

SOCI 3100 Canadian Society
SOCI 3220 Contemporary Social Theory
SOCI 3520 Organization of Work
SOCI 4600 Globalization
SOCI 4660 Socialization and Education