Associate Professor, Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University
My research explores student/literacy engagement, community-based literacy initiatives, early childhood education, and literacy teacher education. Qualitative in nature, my research draws on narrative inquiry and case study primarily, as well as participant observation, to highlight the voices of children, teacher candidates, and practitioners within educational research. In my research with teacher candidates, I provide opportunities to engage in the research process as co-researchers, including presenting at conferences and contributing to publications. Through these opportunities, teacher candidates build upon theory to practice links from their coursework in Language & Literacies. I am the lead partner for the Schulich School of Eduction helping to support the work of Ontario's Provincial Centre of Excellence for Early Years and Child Care. I continually strive to build professional knowledge and practice through my research, including opportunities to partner with fellow researchers and community members.
The beach offers a wide open playscape where children are fuelled by curiosity. Whether at the beach or elsewhere outdoors, it helps to take a moment to see the world through the lens of a child who is discovering the...