Dr. Jennifer Rowsell

Faculty of Education

Dr. Jennifer Rowsell

Professor (PhD)

Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies
Department of Teacher Education
Available for Graduate Advisement

My research explores ways of broadening literacy education, policy, and theory so that it meets the challenges of multimodal, digital, and transcultural environments. Drawing from extensive research in new areas of literacy education, my scholarship reaches across age groups to move literacy beyond anachronistic, often print-bound notions of meaning making. Within the BRIC building, I direct the Centre for Multiliteracies and the Brock Reading Clinic.

Research Coordinator: Jennifer Colautti

Brock Reading Clinic Coordinator: Jessica Dunn


Current Research:

1. 2013-2015 - Social Sciences and Humanities ResearchCouncil (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant Award. Community Arts Zone (CAZ): Projects linking literacy, community, and the arts. 

Research Coordinator: Jennifer Colautti

Collaborators: Drs. Kari-Lynn Winters, Shelley Griffin, Deb McLauchlan, Peter Vietgen, and Glenys Mcqueen-Fuentes


International Co-Investigators: Dr. Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, Dr. Kris Gutierrez, University of Colorado, Boulder, Dr. Joanne Larson, University of Rochester

Community Partners: Four Grounds Media

2. 2013-2015 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant Award. Crayons and Ipads: Understanding young children’s meaning-making processes in learning to be literate.

Principal Investigator: Debra Harwood

Recent Books:

Rowsell, J. (2013). Working with Multimodality: Rethinking Literacy in a Digital Age. London: Routledge.

Upcoming Books:

Rowsell, J. & Pahl, K. (Eds.). (In Preparation). The Handbook of Literacy Studies. London: Routledge. December 2014

Rowsell, J. & Sefton-Green, J. (Eds.). (In Preparation). Revisiting Learning Lives – longitudinal perspectives on researching learning and literacy. New York: Routledge.

Carrington, V., Rowsell, J., Priyadharshini, E., & Westrup, R. (Eds.). (In Preparation). Schooling Zombies – Engaging with youth, popular culture and new pedagogies in a landscape of crisis. London: Springer.

Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (In Preparation). New Literacies around the Globe. London: Routledge.

Research Books

Pahl, K. & Rowsell, J. (2011). Literacy and Education: Understanding New Literacy Studies in the Classroom. Second Edition. London: Sage.

Nichols, S., Nixon, H., Rainbird, S., & Rowsell, J. (In Review). Resourcing Learners: New players, New spaces. London: Routledge.

Grenfell, M., Bloome, D., Pahl, K., Rowsell, J. & Street, B (2010). Classroom Language Ethnography: Perspectives From New Literacy Studies and Bourdieusian Sociology. New York: Routledge.

Sheridan, M.P. & Rowsell, J. (2010). Design Literacies: Learning and Innovation in the Digital Age. London: Routledge.

Pahl, K. & Rowsell, J. (2010). Artifactual Literacy: Every Object Tells a Story. New York: Teacher's College Press.

Pahl, K. & Rowsell, J. (2005). Literacy and Education: Understanding the New Literacy Studies in the Classroom. London: Paul Chapman Publishers.

Practice and Professional Books

Booth, D. & Rowsell, J. (2007). The Literacy Principal. Second Edition. Markham: Pembroke Publishers.

Rowsell, J. (2006). Family Literacy Experiences: Creating Reading and Writing Opportunities for Student Achievement. Markham: Pembroke Publishers.

Booth, D. and Rowsell, J. (2002). The Literacy Principal: Supporting, Leading, and Assessing Reading and Writing Programs. Markham: Pembroke Publishers.

Edited Books, Anthologies, Collections, Bibliographies

Rowsell, J. & Pahl, K. (2011). Major Works in Early Childhood Literacy Education. London: Sage.

Abrams, S. & Rowsell, J. (2011). Rethinking Identity and Literacy Education in the 21st Century. Teachers College Record Annual Yearbook. June 2010

Pahl, K. & Rowsell, J. (Eds.) (2006). Travel Notes From The New Literacy Studies. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Chapters in Books or Monographs

Rowsell, J., Kress, G., Pahl, K. & Street, B. (2012). Multimodal Approaches to the Reading Theoretical Models of the Reading Process. In Alvermann & N. Unrau (Edts.) Theoretical Models and Reading Processes, Sixth Edition. IRA Publication.

Pahl, K. & Rowsell, J. (2011). Artifactual Literacies. Handbook of Early Childhood Education. Edts. J. Larson & J. Marsh. Sage: London.

Kendrick, M., Rogers, T., Toohey, K., Marshall, B., Siegel, M., Rowsell, J, Mutonyi, H., & Hauge, C. (2010). Experiments in Visual Analysis: (Re)positioning children and youth in relation to larger social issues. NRC Yearbook 2010.

Rowsell, J. & Lapp, D. (2011). New Literacies and Literacy Instruction. Best Practices in Literacy Instruction. Fourth Edition. Edts. Lesley Morrow and Linda Gambrell. New York: Guildford.

Rowsell, J (2011). Learners as Consumer and Consumers as Learners. In S. Abrams & J.Rowsell's Teachers College Record Annual Yearbook Issue on Rethinking Identity and Literacy Education in the 21st Century. New York: Teachers College Press.

Rowsell, J. & Pahl, K (2011). The Material and The Situated: What multimodality and New Literacy Studies do for literacy education. In D. Lapp and D. Fisher (Eds.). Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts. New York: Erlbaum/Taylor Francis.

Pahl, K. & Rowsell, J. (2010). Digital Storytelling: Deconstructing the process. In M. Hoechsmann & S. Poyntz's Media Literacy: A Critical Introduction. New York: Blackwell Publishing.

Rowsell, J (2009). Artifactual English: Transitional Objects and the Teaching of English. In M. Hagood's New Literacies: Learning from youth in out-of-school and in-school contexts. New York: Peter Lang.

Rowsell, J (2009). My Life on Facebook: Assessing the art of social networking. In A. Burke and B. Hammett's Assessing New Literacies: Perspectives from the Classroom. New York: Peter Lang.

Street, B., Pahl, K. & Rowsell, J (2009). Multimodality and New Literacy Studies. In The Handbook on Multimodality. Edited by Carey Jewitt. London: Routledge.

McLean, C., Boling,E., & Rowsell, J. (2009). Engaging Diverse Students in Multiple Literacies In and Out of School. The Handbook of Research on Literacy Instruction: Issues of Diversity, Policy, and Equity. Edited by L. Morrow, R. Rueda, and D. Lapp. New York: Guilford Publishing.

Rowsell, J (2007). Improvising on Artistic Habitus: Sedimenting Identity into Art. In J. Albright & A. Luke's Literacy and Bourdieu. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Rowsell, J. (2006). Corporate Crossings: Tracing Textual Crossings. Travel Notes From the New Literacy Studies: Instances of Practice. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Rowsell, J. (2004). There is No Place Like Home: A teacher perspective on literacies across educational contexts. In Brian Street (Ed.) Literacies Across Educational Contexts. Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing Inc.

Rowsell, J. (2003). "About Media in Education." In D. Booth & M. Hachiya (Eds.) The Arts Go to School. Markham: Pembroke Publishers.

Rowsell, J. (2000). "Publishing Practices and Personal Perspectives." Home and Away - Researching Familiar and Unfamiliar Cultures. Book publised by King's College Press, London England.

Articles in Refereed Journals
McLean, C. & Rowsell, J. (In Review). Design Literacies: Towards a 21st Century Pedagogy.

Rowsell, J (2011). Carrying My Family With Me: Artifacts as emic perspectives. Qualitative Researcher. Multimodality and ethnography: working at the intersection. Edited by B. Dicks, R. Flewitt, L. Lancaster, and K. Pahl. Issue 1, Volume 11.

Rainbird, S. & Rowsell, J. (2011). Literacy Nooks: Geosemiotics and domains of literacy in home spaces. Special Issue of The Journal of Early Childhood Literacy on Geosemiotics and Early Childhood (edts. S. Nichols, H. Nixon, S. Rainbird, & J. Rowsell). Spring 2011.

Rowsell, J. (2010). In-Character: Inhabiting literary worlds through Facebook. Balanced Reading Instruction Journal. Volume 13, Spring 2010.

Rowsell, J. & Casey, H.(2009) Shifting Frames: Inside the pathways and obstacles of two teachers' instruction. Linguistics in Education. Volume 20, Number 4.

Nichols, S., Nixon, H. & Rowsell, J. (2009). The 'good' parent in relation to early childhood literacy: symbolic terrain and lived practice. Literacy. Volume 43, Number 2. July 2009. pp. 65-74. - June 2009

Rowsell, J. & Burke, A (2009). Reading as Design: Three Case Studies of Digital Reading Practices. The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Volume 54, No. 2, October 2009 80% participation

Burke, A. & Rowsell, J (2008). Screen Pedagogy: Challenging Perceptions of Digital Reading Practice. Changing English, Volume 15, No. 4, December 2008.

Rowsell, J., Kosnik, C., & Beck, C. (2008). Fostering Multiliteracies Pedagogy through Preservice Teacher Education. Teaching Education, Volume 19 (2). June 2008.

Beck, C., Kosnik, C., & Rowsell, J (2007). Preparation For the First Year of Teaching: Beginning Teachers' View About Their Needs. The New Educator, Vol. 3(1), Feb-Mar 2007.

Rowsell, J. & Pahl, K. (2007). Sedimented Identities in Texts: Instance of Practice. Reading Research Quarterly. Volume 42, Issue 3.

Rowsell, J., Sztainbok, V. & Blaney, J. (May 2007). 'Losing Strangeness': Using Culture to Mediate ESL Teaching. Language, Culture and Identity. Volume 20, Number 2.

Burke, A. & Rowsell, J. (2006). From Screen to Print: Publishing Multiliteracies Pedagogy. The International Journal of Learning. Victoria: Common Ground Publishers.

Rowsell, J. (2003). The Production-Reception Continuum: Activating publishing practices during literacy events. Changing English, Volume 10, January 2003, pp. 59-71.

Rowsell, J. (2003). Semiotic Consciousness in Educational Textbooks. International Journal of Applied Semiotics. Volume 4, No. 2. pp. 43 - 63.

Rowsell, J. (2003). Identities in Progress: Towards a Notion of Modified Habitus. Ways of Knowing, Vol. 1, No.1. pp. 3-15

Articles in Non-refereed or General Journals

Rowsell, J. (2005). Editorial Introduction: New Directions in Literacy Education. In Literacy Revisited, Edt. by Jennifer Rowsell & David Booth. Orbit, Volume 36. October 2005.

Rowsell, J. (2000). "Publishing Practices in Printed Education." Literacy Today, a journal published monthly by the British National Literacy Trust. London, England.


Dr. Jennifer Rowsell profile photo behind blue background
Dr. Jennifer Rowsell
Faculty of Education

Brock University
St. Catharines, On.

WH 373
T 905 688 5550 x6121
E jrowsell@brocku.ca


There are no events at this time.