Research Profile: Jennifer Rowsell

Faculty of Education

Research Profile: Jennifer Rowsell

As a field of research and scholarship that permeates all aspects of life, Dr. Rowsell examines literacy across different text genres, mediums, and media to reimagine what literacy education and pedagogy can be. With research on connections between literacy, arts, and aesthetics alongside research exploring immersive and game-based environments, and newer research on the family and changes in literacy habits and competencies, Dr. Rowsell covers a wide terrain to rethink literacy in contemporary times.

Jennifer Rowsell, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies
Professor, Brock University Faculty of Education 


Dr. Rowsell is an elected Member of the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Rowsell has authored, co-authored, and co-edited 18 books on an array of topics from new ways of framing literacy studies such as Artifactual Literacies: Every Object Tells A Story with Kate Pahl to Working with Multimodality: Literacy in Digital Age and methodogically-oriented books such as Resourcing Early Learners: New Networks, New Actors with Sue Nichols, Helen Nixon, and Sophia Rainbird and Learning and literacy over time: Longitudinal perspectives with Julian Sefton-Green. Co-Editing The Handbook of Literacy Studies with Kate Pahl has consolidated a strong sense of the field of literacy studies and burgeoning and future directions in literacy research and theory. 

 The research that I have conducted over the past decade has been socio-cultural, multimodal and ethnographic in nature and it has involved national and international contexts. My current research projects include theorizing children’s use of digital and immersive worlds (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Co-Investigator, Crayons & Ipads: Breaking Boundaries in Young Children’s Meaning Making); observing and theorizing Minecraft and adolescents' epistemological understandings about literacy in terms of this popular gaming platform (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Collaborator, The Minecraft Project: Exploring Videogames as a Platform for Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum); applying multimodal approaches to elementary and secondary teaching and learning (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Principal Investigator, Community Arts Zone: Projects that link the Arts with Literacy); and, research on the nature of contemporary home literacy practices (SSHRC Insight Grant, Co-Investigator, Making/Re-Making Families: A Visual, Longitudinal and Cross-Cultural Exploration on Material Culture and Literacy Practices in the Home). 


Visit the Centre for Research in Multiliteracies HERE.
View Professor Rowsell's Faculty of Education profile HERE.


Jennifer Rowsell

Dr. Jennifer Rowsell
Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies


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