In December, as the first professor to teach at the new Wilfrid Laurier campus in Milton Ontario, I was I was delighted to meet the honorable Gordon Krantz, Mayor of Milton.
I (Cathy) am delighted to be arriving in Washington D.C. this week to attend the American Educational Research Association Conference. I will be presenting a paper entitled, Examining the Influences: Literacy Teacher Educators who us a Multiliteracies Approach. This study is a subset of a larger study on which I have been a researcher. I examined 7 participants who demonstrated a proclivity toward multilitercies. As I used a grounded theory approach (which does not begin the research with a hypothesis) I was both intrigued and surprised by the findings. Hope you can join me on Monday, April 11, 11:45am to 1:15pm, at the Marriott Marquis, Level Three, Mount Vernon Square.
According to Dewey (1974) “[e]ducation, experience, and life are inextricably intertwined”. This study examined how early life experiences and other influences affected the practices of 7 literacy teacher educators (LTEs) who currently enact a multiliteracies approach. Early childhood experiences, mentors along their journey, personal and professional turning points, and developing notions of literacy were explored. Three findings (a) an innate love of language/literature, (b) inspiring mentorship, and (c) a unique set of dispositional qualities were significant contributing factors to these literacy teacher educators adopting a multiliteracies approach. The participants for this study were a subset from a large-scale study entitled, Literacy Teacher Educators: Their Backgrounds, Visions, and Practices which examines the lives of teacher educators from four countries: Canada, the USA, England and Australia.
Hope you can join me!
I have been remiss about blogging on my web site. The biggest reasons have been my preoccupation with my dissertation and being on my supervisor’s SSHRC research team. These have kept me very busy. I have been blogging weekly on another site http://literacyteaching.net/ with my research team though. Look it up. It’s excellent. There are five of us (academics) that post, and occassionally there is a guest blogger, so the content is varied; always informative, often intriguing, and sometimes funny. I enjoy reading it. Perhaps it’s time I shared some of my posts from that site, here.
When I look back at my earlier posts on this site, and on the other site, and review my academic writing over the past three years, I can see such changes. My concept of literacy has changed, just as the literacy landscape has changed. Its so broad now, and wonderfully, wildly creative. Multimodal! It’s exciting. Something I love being part of.
The dissertation writing goes well. It’s been a journey and I feel I’ve come a long way. Attaining a doctorate has not been what I expected, but all good learning. Several new identities and communities have emerged. I’ve developed a deeper understanding of theory and its role in education. I certainly have more respect and appreciation for social science and research. I actually love the research. My analytical side is thriving. Thrumming. Working over time.
My creative side is not dormant, just not as large right now. I feed it by decorating the house, entertaining, and baking fancy cupcakes, and that’s all right. As long as I DO something.
Below are some of my more recent accomplishments in academia (enormous spread sheets of my data) and my recent versions of my expressing creatively!