Margaret Booth

Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate College 
School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy
556 Education


Ph.D., Education (Educational Psychology & Comparative Education)
Ohio University, 1991.  
DissertationChildren of migrant fathers: The effects of father- absence on Swazi children’s preparedness for school.

M.A., International Studies (African Studies Cognate)
Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1987.

B.A., English, Secondary Education Certificate
Miami University, Oxford OH, 1982.


  • EDFI 6010: Comparative Education
  • EDFI 3030: Educational Psychology Applied to Adolescent Development
  • EDFI 6730: Adolescent Development within Social Contexts
  • EDFI 6750: Cross-Cultural Human Development and Learning
  • EDFI 6420: Research in Education
  • HIED 7340: College and University Teaching


  • Adolescent development within diverse educational cultural contexts

  • Adolescent identity development and educational implications

  • African youth development within socio-cultural contexts


Scholarly Book:

  • Booth, M.Z. (2004). Culture and Education: The Social Consequences of Western Schooling in Contemporary Swaziland.  University Press of America.

Refereed Articles:

  • Mowen, T.J., Boman, J.H., Kopf, S. & Booth, M.Z. (In print). Self-perceptions of attractiveness and offending during adolescence. Crime and Delinquency
  • Booth, M.Z., Abercrombie, S., & Frey, C.J., (2017) Contradictions of Adolescent Self-Construal: Examining the Interaction of Ethnic Identity, Self-Efficacy and Academic Achievement. Mid-western Educational Researcher, 29 (1), 3 - 19.
  • Gerard, J., & Booth, M.Z. (2015). Family and school influences on adolescents' adjustment: The moderating role of youth hopefulness and aspirations for the future. Journal of Adolescence. (44),1-16.
  • Booth, M.Z., Curran, E., Frey, C.J., Gerard, J., Collet, B., and Bartimole, J. (2014). Ethnicity, Gender, and Adolescent Attitude toward School: Adaptive Perspectives in Transitional Times. Mid-western Educational Researcher, 26, (2), 3-27.
  • Booth, M.Z. & Gerard, J. (2014). Adolescents’ stage-environment fit in middle and high School: The relationship between students’ perceptions of their schools and themselves. Youth and Society. 46 (6), 735-755. (online first, June 2012).
  • Booth, M. Z. & Gerard, J. M. (2011). Self-esteem and academic achievement: A comparative study of adolescent students in England and the United States. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education41(5), 629-648.
  • Booth, M.Z. (2011).  This they believe: Young adolescents voice their opinions about school. Middle School Journal. 42 (3), 16-23.
  • Nieto, C. & Booth, M.Z. (2010). Cultural Competence: Its influence on the teaching and learning of international students. Journal of Studies in International Education 14, (4), 406-425.

  • Booth, M.Z. & Sheehan, H. (2008). Perceptions of people and place: Young adolescents' interpretation of their schools in the US and UK. Journal of Adolescent Research. 23 (6), 722-744.
  • Booth, M.Z., Sheehan, H., and M. Earley (2007). Middle grades school models and their impact on early adolescent self-esteem. Middle Grades Research Journal. 2, (1), 73-97.

  • Booth, M.Z. (2006) “Neither a borrower, nor a lender be:” Educational reform through transnational borrowing and lending. Comparative Education Review, 50, 2 (278-287).

  • Booth, M.Z. (2006) Swaziland Adolescents. In International Encyclopedia of Adolescence, J. J. Arnett, Ed.  Routledge. (934-946).

  • Booth, M.Z. (2003). ‘You learn, and learn, and learn....and then you are an adult:' Parental perceptions of adolescence in contemporary Swaziland. Adolescence, 38: 221-238.

  • Booth, M.Z. and Booth, G. M. (2003).  What Americans can learn from Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. Phi Delta Kappan, 85, (4), 310-315.

  • Booth, M.Z.  (2003). Settler, missionary, and the state: Contradictions in the formulation of educational policy in colonial Swaziland.  History of Education, 32 (1): 35-56.

  • Booth, M.Z. (2003). The impact of parental availability on Swazi students' school achievement:  A nine-year longitudinal study. International Journal of Educational Development, 23: 257-274.

  • Booth, M.Z. and J. Matuga, (2003). Swazi children's families as reflected in their drawings: The impact of the home environment. African Symposium, 3 (2)         

  • Booth, M.Z. (2002). Swazi concepts of intelligence: The universal vs. the local. Ethos, 30 (4): 376-400.

  • Booth, M.Z.  (2002). Education for liberation or domestication? Female education in colonial Swaziland. in T.M. Hunt and M.R. Lessard (Eds) Women and the Colonial Gaze.  Hampshire: Palgrave Press


  • Manuscript reviewer for: Journal of Adolescent Research; Middle Grades Research Journal; Comparative Education ReviewAfrican Studies Review.


  • Spencer Foundation Research Award: Enhancing Social Opportunity in a Post-Recession Era through Academic Climate for Adolescents and Young Adults. $50,000.
  • PI: Research Development Counsel Grant,: Improving Academic Achievement and Social Opportunity for Adolescents from Low SES, Multi-Cultural Rural Communities(2009-2010, $12,500)

  • Spencer Foundation Research Award: A Study of the Historical Development of Western Schooling in Swaziland. $28,233.  (Completed June 1, 2001)

  • Spencer Foundation Research Award:  The Home Environment and School Achievement: A Longitudinal Study of Primary School Children in Swaziland.  $23,000. (Completed June 1, 1999)


  • Improving Academic Achievement and Social Opportunity for Adolescents from Low SES, Multi-Cultural Rural Communities: Collaborative research project with Fremont, Ohio schools.