Dr. Diane R. Collier

Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education

Available for Graduate Advisement.

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St. Catharines, ON
Office: WH364
905 688 5550 x6146

I conduct research in the areas of multimodalities and literacies with a special interest in connections across home and school.

Using qualitative and ethnographic case study methodologies my work focuses on the processes of textmaking, how children use everyday resources (particularly, popular culture), and what can be learned from children about their consumption and production of multimodal, cultural, and digital texts.

My research interests also include ethical considerations of children’s participation in research, teaching for social justice, and the use of children’s literature in classrooms.

  • Literacies
  • Writing
  • Home and School Literacies
  • Popular Culture
  • Creativity and Literacy
  • Literacy and Inquiry
  • Ethnography
  • Research Ethics (esp. with children)
  • Qualitative Methods

YOMO – Youth Mobilities in Public and Digital Spaces
2016-2018 – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant
CI: Dr. Mia Perry, University of Glasgow
Collaborators: Dr. Jennifer Rowsell, Brock University; Dr. Theresa Rogers, University of British Columbia

Blogging and Descriptive Feedback in Junior Classrooms
CI: Dr. Tiffany Gallagher, Brock University
Collaboration with Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board (J. Eaton)

Visualizing Families: Visual Literacy and Photography
PI: Dr. Diane Collier
CIs: Dr. Jennifer Rowsell, Dr. Peter Vietgen

“If you go out in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise!”: Forest School Project
PI: Dr. Debra Harwood

Co-Investigator 2014-2019 – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant Award. Making/Re-Making Canadian Families: A Visual, Narrative, and Longitudinal Study of Family Practices and Family Photographs.
PI: Dr. Andrea Doucet, Sociology, Brock
CI: Dr. Jennifer Rowsell, Education, Brock

  • Multiliteracies Centre, Brock
  • Masters in Social Justice and Equity Studies, Brock
  • Social Justice Research Institute, Brock
  • EDUC 8P30 (P/J Language Arts & Literacy – Concurrent)
  • EDBE 8P34 (P/J Language Arts & Literacy – Consecutive)
  • EDBE 8P42 (P/J Language Arts & Literacy – Consecutive)
  • EDUC 5P09 (Theories of Literacy-Graduate)
  • EDUC 5P31 (Families, Schools & Learning-Graduate)
  • EDUC 5P92 (Introduction to Educational Research – Graduate)

Collier, D. & Rowsell, J. (In Press, 2016-17). Researching multimodality in language and education. Invited chapter for K. King & L. Yi-Ju (Eds.), Vol. 10: Research Methods, Encyclopedia of Language and Education.

Collier, D. (In Press). Rescripting lives and imagining audiences through online multimodal composition. Invited chapter for edited volume. Eds., J. Rowsell & R. Naqvi. Literacy in transcultural, cosmopolitan times: A call for change.

Collier, D. (2016). What kind of writer are you?: Glancing sideways at writers becoming. T. Cremin & T. Locke (Eds). Writer identity and the teaching and learning of writing. Oxon, New York: Routledge.

Burke, A. & Collier, D. (2017). “I was kind of teaching myself”: Teachers’ conversations about social justice and teaching for change. Teacher Development, 21 (2), 269-287.

Collier, D. R. & Kendrick, M. (2016). I wish I was a lion, a puppy: A multimodal view of writing-process assessment. Pedagogies11(2), 167-188.

Collier, D. & Rowsell, J. (2014). A room with a view: Revisiting the multiliteracies manifesto, twenty years     on. Fremdsprachen Lehren und Lernen43 (2), 12-28.

Collier, D., Moffatt, L., & Perry, M. (2014). Talking, wrestling, and recycling: An investigation of three analytic approaches to qualitative data in education researchQualitative Research, 15 (3), 389-404.

Collier, D. (2014). “I’m just trying to be tough, okay”: Masculine performances of everyday  practicesJournal of Early Childhood Literacy15 (2), 203-226.

Kendrick, M., Rowsell, J. & Collier, D. (2013). Special issue: New literacies in Canadian classrooms.  Language and Literacy, 15(1).

Collier, D. (2013). Relocalizing wrestler: Performing texts across time and spaceLanguage and Education, 27 (6), 481-497.

Collier, D. R. (2011). “Who do you think you are?”: Growing up in the GirlZone. [Review of the book Girls,      feminism, and grassroots literacies: Activism in the GirlZone by Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau].  Mind, Culture, and Activity18(1), 79-83.

 Collier, D. R. (2010). Journey to becoming a writer: Review of research about children’s identities as writers. Language and Literacy: An e-journal, 12 (1).

Purcell-Gates, V., Anderson, J., Collier, D., & Gagne, M. (2010). Literacy for Life: A handbook for literacy practitioners (78pp). Canadian Council on Learning.

Collier, D. (2008). [Review of the book Ethnography by Brian Street and Shirley Brice Heath].   Education Review, August 14, 2008.