Diane R. Collier

Faculty of Education

Diane R. Collier

Assistant Professor
Department of Teacher Education
Available for Graduate Advisement

Diane Collier conducts research in the areas of multimodalities and literacies with a special interest in connections across home and school. Using critical qualitative and ethnographic case study methodologies her work focuses on the processes of textmaking, how children use community resources (particularly, popular culture), and what can be learned from children about their consumption and production of texts. Her 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.

Current Research:


1. 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.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrea Doucet, Sociology, Brock

Co-investigator: Dr. Jennifer Rowsell, Education, Brock

Affiliations: Multiliteracies Centre, Brock; Masters in Social Justice and Equity Studies, Brock; Social Justice Research Institute, Brock

Courses Taught
8P30 (P/J Language Arts)

5P09 (Theories of Literacy) - upcoming Winter, 2015

Research Interests: Literacies, Writing, Popular Culture, Ethnography, Ethical research with children, and Qualitative Methods


Collier, D., Moffatt, L., & Perry, M. (2014). Talking, wrestling, and recycling: An investigation of three analytic approaches to qualitative data in educationresearch. Qualitative Research, published online June 25, 2014.
Collier, D. (2014). “I’m just trying to be tough, okay”: Masculine performances of everyday practices. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, published online June 13, 2014.

Kendrick, M., Rowsell, J. & Collier, D. (2013). Special issue: New literacies in Canadian classrooms. Language and Literacy, 15(1). http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/langandlit/issue/view/1447

Collier, D. (2013). Relocalizing wrestler: Performing texts across time and space. Language 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 Activity, 18 (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.

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Dr. Diane Collier
Faculty of Education

Brock University
St. Catharines, On.

WH 364
T 905 688 5550 x6146
E diane.collier@brocku.ca


Heather Woods MEd Thesis Defence
July 15, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm