Situated in a picturesque part of the Niagara escarpment, at the Brock Research and Innovation Centre on Lockhart Drive, the Centre for Research in Multiliteracies explores ways of expanding practices and understandings of literacy in the 21st century. With Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)-funded laboratories, the Centre investigates reading, writing, communicating, videogaming, studio learning, maker spaces, and, more broadly, expanding notions of literacy in digital and multimodal times.
There are six laboratories within the Centre: a videogame lab, a SMART/interactive white board lab, a laptop writing lab, a graphic story library, an iPad lab, and a videoconferencing facility.
The Centre for Research in Multiliteracies at Brock University is under the direction of Jennifer Rowsell. Jennifer Rowsell is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies whose expertise sits across three main areas of scholarship: youth, arts methodologies, and maker-based learning; children and digital worlds; and, multimodal-ethnographic research in schools and communities to broaden notions of literacy education.
Jennifer Turner, Canada Research Chair Projects Coordinator, is responsible for managing, coordinating, developing, and mobilizing research activities at the Centre for Research in Multiliteracies.
News and events
October 2017 – Maker Literacies
Dr. Jennifer Rowsell received a SSHRC Insight grant for “Maker Literacies” in September 2017. Maker Literacies aims to shape primary, middle, and high school student learners as makers, bolstering confidence in agentic ways of learning and emphasizing concrete pedagogical strategies to work with multimodality. Researchers, educators, and professionals will work together to suggest new teaching approaches and ways of understanding and playing with modes (documentary film-making, coding, photography, game design, comic book planning and animation).
For more information, please visit: https://www.makerliteracies.com
OCTOBER 2017 – SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SJRI) ANNUAL THEMATIC SYMPOSIUM
Dr. Jennifer Rowsell, along with Dr. Chelsey Hauge, Dr. Rebecca Raby, and Jennifer Turner will host the SJRI Annual Thematic Symposium on Child and Youth Engagement, Civic Literacies, and Digital Ecologies from October 10-11, 2017.
For more information, please visit http://sjrisymposium2017.weebly.com/
SEPTEMBER 2017 – POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
The Centre for Research in Multiliteracies welcomes Dr. Amélie Lemieux as a postdoctoral fellow at Brock University and the University of Alberta, supervised by Drs. Jennifer Rowsell and Linda Laidlaw. Dr. Lemieux will work on two SSHRC-funded research studies investigating ways that teachers and students can apply makerspace, multimodal and multiliteracies approaches to literacy learning in the Niagara area and in Edmonton.
JULY 2017 – VISITING SCHOLARS
The Centre for Research in Multiliteracies will host three visiting scholars from the University of Sheffield, as the Centre is an international partner on a European Commission H2020 Programme: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange, entitled “Maker Spaces in the Early Years: Enhancing Digital Literacy and Creativity (MakEY)”, Principal Investigator Jackie Marsh (University of Sheffield):
Dr. Liz Chesworth is a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of Sheffield. She is interested in young children’s play cultures and the extent to which diverse cultural repertoires and languages interweave in young children’s play.
Jamal Lahmar is a lecturer in Mathematics Education and Research Methodology at the University of Sheffield. He is interested in pre service teachers’ development of statistical literacy skills, epistemological awareness and self-efficacy.
Fiona Scott is a postgraduate researcher from the School of Education at The University of Sheffield, currently completing a PhD project on UK preschool children’s engagement with television and related media in the digital age. Fiona’s research explores the relationship between social class and the nature of child and family practices with a range of media texts and platforms at home.
Over the summer, Fiona is taking time out from her PhD to undertake a number of secondments with the Makerspaces in the Early Years (‘MakEY’) project as a representative of The University of Sheffield. The term ‘makerspaces’ is increasingly being used to refer to spaces within which participants create ‘a range of artefacts using specialist tools and resources, such as electronics, laser cutters, 3D printers, in addition to everyday resources, both digital and non-digital’. This Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship will allow Fiona to visit a diverse range of makerspaces in five countries: Germany, Iceland, Denmark, Canada and Australia.
JANUARY 2017 – MAKERSPACE EVENT
The Centre for Research in Multiliteracies in collaboration with the Instructional Resource Centre (IRC) and Department of Teacher Education is launching a full-day Makerspace event for Teacher Candidates, Faculty, and Instructors, at the Hamilton Campus on Saturday, January 14th, 2017. Makerspace is a space for self-directed 21st Century or Future Ready Learning, a place to make, explore, discover, create, build, design, and innovate and involve the community. Be a maker!
NOVEMBER 2016 – VISITING SCHOLARS
The Centre for Research in Multiliteracies welcomes postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Chelsey Hauge, and visiting PhD student, Cristiane Manzan Perine.
OCTOBER 2016 – WHITE PRIVILEGE SYMPOSIUM: ACADEMICS AND ACTIVISTS: ADVOCATING FOR EQUITY, JUSTICE AND ACTION
Brock University, September 30th, 2016 – October 1st, 2016
For more information, please visit: http://www.wpsc.ca/
MAY 2016 – THE 33RD ANNUAL QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS CONFERENCE: VISUAL RESEARCH METHODS AND VISUAL ETHNOGRAPHIES
Brock University, May 10th, 2016 – May 13th, 2016
For more information, please visit: http://www.qualitatives.ca