Centre for Multiliteracies

Faculty of Education

Centre for Multiliteracies

Literacy in New Times

Situated in a picturesque part of the Niagara escarpment, the Centre for Multiliteracies explores ways of expanding pratices and understandings of literacy in the 21st century. With CFI-funded laboratories in the CFI-funded Centre for Multiliteracies, the Centre investigates reading, writing, communicating, videogaming, teaching and assessing students through different technologies, immersive environments and printed texts. 

The Centre for Multiliteracies at Brock University and the Brock University Reading Clinic are under the direction of Jennifer Rowsell

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Reading Clinic Coordinator: Jessica Domanico

Centre Research Coordinator: Jennifer Colautti

Centre News

Tribal Tales and Suburban Stories: Racialized depictions of literacy events in children's picture books

Presented by: Dr. Sue Nichols, University of South Australia

A TALK CO-HOSTED by The Social Justice Research Institute and the Centre for Research in Multiliteracies 

 WHEN: September 8, 2014. 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

 WHERE: WC 251

About the talk:

The practice of reading to children in the early years is widely understood to be beneficial for children’s literacy development. Despite technological changes, traditional picture books remain the most popular type of shared text. However, there has been surprisingly little attention to how the subject ‘reading to children’ is portrayed in texts designed to be read to children. Scenes of reading and storytelling appear not infrequently in children's picture books. These depictions communicate messages about the kinds of people who read, the kinds of places in which literacy events take place and the kinds of texts which are shared. Importantly, they can also signal who are excluded, raising the issue of how such exclusions may impact on young members of excluded groups. In this talk I will share findings from a project which analysed a corpus of 100 children’s picture books sourced from a community library. There are serious implications for parents, teachers, teacher educators, literacy researchers and community literacy workers.

 About Dr. Sue Nichols,

Sue Nichols is a literacy researcher and director of the Multiliteracies and Global Englishes Research Group at the University of South Australia.  A teacher educator, she coordinates undergraduate and postgraduate courses in literacy and English teaching. Sue has authored numerous book chapters and journal articles as well as the book Resourcing Early Learners: New networks, new players (Routledge 2012). A forthcoming edited book is Languages and Literacies as Mobile and Placed Resources (Routledge 2015).

Other News:


SSHRC Insight Development Grant - Community Arts Zone: projects that link literacy and the arts

Research Team: Dr. Jennifer Rowsell (PI); Drs. Kate Pahl, Kris Gutierrez, and Joanne Larson (CIs); Dr. Shelley Griffin, Glenys Mcqueen-Fuentes, Abi Hackett, Dr. Deb McLauchlan, Steve Pool, Dr. Peter Vietgen, Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters, (Collaborators); Jennifer Colautti (Research Assistant) 

Expanding Literacies in Education Book Series (Routledge) - Series Editors: Drs. Cynthia Lewis & Jennifer Rowsell

New Books:

New Literacies around the globe: Policy and Pedagogy (Routledge) Edited by Cathy Burnett, Julia Davies, Guy Merchant and Jennifer Rowsell

 Learning and Literacy over time: longitudinal perspectives (Routledge) Edited by Julian Sefton-Green and Jennifer Rowsell

The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies (RoutledgeEdited by Jennifer Rowsell and Kate Pahl; Editorial Assistant Jennifer Colautti
Schooling Zombies: Engaging with youth, popular culture and new pedagogies in a landscape of crisis (Springer) Edited by Vic Carrington, Jennifer Rowsell, Esther Priyadharshini, and Rebecca Westrup

Visiting Scholars:   Dr. Sue Nichols, University of South Australia - September 7th - 10th, 2014

                            Dr. Cheryl McLean, Rutgers Graduate School of Education - November 24th - November 25th, 2014

Associated Members



Christine Rougoor MEd Thesis Defence
September 26, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
EETL conference
October 3, 2014 - 8:00am - 12:30pm