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 Research in Multiliteracies and the Brock Learning Lab.

Co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies with Dr. Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415816243

Co-Editor of the Routledge Expanding Literacies in Education Series with Dr. Cynthia Lewis, University of Minnesota:  https://www.routledge.com/education/series/ELIE

Current Research:

1. 2014-2019 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant Award. Making/Re-Making Families: A Visual, Longitudinal and Cross-Cultural exploration of Family Practices, Family Photographs, and Stories.

Principal Investigator: Andrea Doucet, Department of Sociology

Research Coordinator: Jennifer Turner

2. 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 Turner

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

International Co-Investigators: Dr. Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield; Dr. Kris Gutierrez, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Joanne Larson, University of Rochester

Community Partner: Fourgrounds Media

3. 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

4. 2013-2015 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant Award. The Minecraft Project: Exploring Videogames as a Platform for Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum.

Principal Investigator: Rob Simon, OISE/University of Toronto

Recent Books:

Rowsell, J. & Pahl, K. (Eds.). (2015). The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies. London: Routledge.

Sefton-Green, J. & Rowsell, J. (Eds.). (2014). Learning and Literacy and Over Time: Longitudinal Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (2014). New Literacies around the Globe. London: Routledge.

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

Upcoming Books:

Carrington, V., Rowsell, J., Priyadharshini, E., & Westrup, R. (Eds.). (In Press). Generation Z: Zombies, Popular Culture, and Educating Youth. London: Springer.

Research Books

Pahl, K. & Rowsell, J. (2012). Literacy and Education: Understanding New Literacy Studies in the Classroom. Second Edition. London: Sage.

Nichols, S., Nixon, H., Rainbird, S., & Rowsell, J. (2012). Resourcing Learners: New players, New spaces. London: Routledge.

Grenfell, M., Bloome, D., Pahl, K., Rowsell, J. & Street, B (2012). Language, Ethnography, and Education: Bridging New Literacy Studies in Bourdieu. New York: Routledge.

Edited Books, Anthologies, Collections, Bibliographies

Kosnik, C., Simon, R., Williamson, P., Rowsell, J., & Beck. C. (Eds.). (2013) Literacy Teacher Educators: Preparing Student Teachers for a Changing World. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Chapters in Books or Monographs

Rowsell, J. (2015). Same Meaning, Different Production. In E. Stirling & D. Yamada-Rice (Eds.) Visual Methods with Children and Young People: Academics and Visual Industries in Dialogue. London: MacMillan-Palgrave.

DiCesare, D., Harwood, D., & Rowsell, J. (2015). It is real colouring? Mapping children’s im/material thinking in a digital world. In L. Mellinee and B. Guzzetti’s Handbook of Research on the Societal Impact of Digital Media. New York: IGI Global.

Rowsell, J. & Gallagher, T. (2015). Circuits, Astronauts, and Dancing Oranges: Documenting networked knowledge on iPads. In S. Nichols & M. de Courcy’s Languages and Literacies as Mobile and Placed Resources. London: Routledge.

 Heydon, R. & Rowsell, J. (2015). Phenomenology and Literacy Studies. In J. Rowsell & K. Pahl’s The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies. London: Routledge.

Rowsell, J. (2014). Touch Points and Tacit Practices: How Videogame Designers Help Literacy Studies. In P. Smeyers et al (Eds.) International Handbook of Interpretation in Educational Research. London: Springer.

Rowsell, J. (2014). A Steadfast Revisit:  Keeping with tradition, in a different place and time. In J. Sefton-Green & J. Rowsell (Eds.) Learning and literacy over time: Longitudinal perspectives. New York: Routledge.

 McLean, C.,  Rowsell, J., & Lapp, D. (2014). Making School Relevant: Adding New Literacies to the Policy Agenda. In K. Sandford, T. Rogers, & M. Kendrick’s Youth Literacies in New Times – Everywhere Everyday. London: Springer.

Rowsell, J. & Chen, L. (2014). Capitalizing on Funds of Knowledge: Approaching English Language Studies through a NLS-Multimodal Lens. In C. Leung & B. Street’s Handbook on English Language Studies. London: Routledge.

 Kendrick, M. & Rowsell, J. (2014). The Visual Turn: Transitioning into Visual Approaches to Literacy Education. In Daniel Jarvis & Susan B. Elliott-John’s Perspectives on Transitions in Schooling and Instructional Practice. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.  

Rowsell, J. & Burgess, J. (2014). A Tale of Multiple Selves: Im/materializing Identities on Facebook. In C. Burnett, J. Davies, G. Merchant, & J. Rowsell (Eds.) New Literacies around the Globe. London: Routledge.

Pahl, K. & Rowsell, J. (2013). After Writing: Rethinking the Paths to Composition. Multimodality and Social Semiosis: Communication, Meaning-Making, and Learning in the Work of Gunther Kress. Edited by M. Bock & N. Pachler. New York: Routledge. 

Pedersen, I. & Rowsell, J. (2013). May the Force Be With You: Harnessing the Power of Brain-Computer Games. In A. Burke & J. Marsh’s Virtual Worlds in Early Childhood Literacy. New York: Peter Lang.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Gallagher, T. L., Fisher, D., Lapp, D., Rowsell, J., Simpson, A., McQuirter Scott, R., Walsh, M., Ciampa, K., & Saudelli, M. G. (2015). International perspectives on literacy learning with iPads. Journal of Education, 195(3), 15-25.

Yaman Ntelioglou, B. & Rowsell, J. (2015) (Eds). Special Issue: A Landscape View of Literacy Studies in Canada. Language and Literacy, 17(2).  

McLean, C. & Rowsell, J. (2015). Imagining writing futures: Photography, writing, and technology. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 31(2), 102-118.

Rowsell, J. (2015). What Professionals Can Teach Us About Education: A Call for Change. Cambridge Journal of Education.  DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2015.1015964

Rowsell, J. & Harwood, D. (2015). “Let it Go”: Exploring the Image of the Child as Producer, Consumer, and Inventor. Theory into Practice.

Collier, D. & Rowsell, J. (2014). A Room with a View: Revisiting the Multiliteracies Manifesto, Twenty Years On. Special Issue of Fremdsprachen Lehren und Lernen.

Rowsell, J. (2014). Toward a Phenomenology of iPad Reading. The Australian Journal of Literacy and Language.

Rowsell, J. (2014). “The Mood is in the Shot”: The Challenge of Moving-Image Texts to Multimodality. Talk and Text, 34(3), 307-324.

Rowsell, J., Pedersen, I., Trueman, D. (2014). Playing as a Mutant in a Virtual World: Understanding Story Worlds in Popular Culture Video Games. Literacy, 48(1), 47-53.

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Pahl, K., & Rowsell, J.  (2014). The (Im)materiality of Literacy: The Significance of Subjectivity to New Literacies Research. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 35(1), 90-103.

Simpson, A., Walsh, M., & Rowsell, J. (2013). The digital reading path: researching modes and multidirectionality with iPads. Literacy, 47(3), 123-130.  

Rowsell, J., Saudelli, M., McQuirter-Scott, R., & Bishop, A. (2013). iPads as Placed Resources: Forging Community in Online and Off line Spaces. Language Arts, 90(5), 351-360.  

Rowsell, J. & Kendrick, M. (2013). Boys’ Hidden Literacies: The critical need for the visual. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 56(7), 587-599.

McLean, C. & Rowsell, J. (2013). (Re)designing Literacy Teacher Education: A Call For Change. Teaching Education, 24(1), 1-26.

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Dr. Jennifer Rowsell
Faculty of Education

Brock University
St. Catharines, On.

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


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