Centre for Research in Multiliteracies approved by University Senate

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Centre for Research in Multiliteracies approved by University Senate

Published on May 26 2011

On May 11, 2011 Brock University Senate approved the Centre for Research in Multiliteracies in the Faculty of Education. The Centre has a number of critical objectives including: expanding definitions of literacy based on multimodality and multiliteracies frameworks; the pursuit of research grounded on social justice and linguistic diversity; encouragement of work that takes a critical and design-based stance to literacy education; fostering and revising theories and frameworks for literacy in the 21st Century; and work across disciplines and fields to improve literacy in Ontario and to make Brock University a hub for cutting-edge literacy education research. Dr. Jennifer Rowsell, Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies, is the Centre’s Director and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education.

Through faculty collaboration and research, scholarship at the Centre will lead to new understandings of the ways in which children, youths, and adults utilize new forms of media in their academic and their every-day lives. These emerging understandings will be used to develop handbooks, workshops, curriculum documents, and advise local school boards and provincial education authorities about the ways in which they might more effectively integrate multiliteracies and interactive technologies into the K-12 curricula.

The Centre for Research in Multiliteracies will also be a focal point for research done by graduate students in Education working for educational change and the effective integration of IT in instruction. The location of the Centre for Research in Multiliteracies in the Brock Research and Innovation Centre, which also houses Dr. Kee’s Augmented Reality lab, Dr. Bonnett’s Virtual Reality lab and the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Education and Research, will also provide opportunities for research collaborations with faculty members and graduate students from History and Aboriginal Studies. As Brock University further develops interdisciplinary programs at the graduate level, the Centre will also support media research with implications for literacy conducted by researchers from other faculties at the university and beyond.

The Centre currently boasts a number of Associated Faculty Members and Graduate Fellows who will use the Centre equipment, facilities, and technology moving forward. A Videogame Lab, Digital Writing Lab, Vernacular Literacies Library, 21st Century Pedagogy Laboratory and Videoconferencing Suite will all be integral to the work taking place in the Centre.

For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Roswell at jrowsell@brocku.ca or call (905) 688-5550, ext. 6121 and visit www.brocku.ca/education/researchers/centreformultiliteracies

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The Centre for Multiliteracies will become a laboratory for pushing the field of literacy in Canada and beyond into the 21st Century