Daily Archives: April 8, 2016

Arriving in Washington DC


I (Cathy) am delighted to be arriving in Washington D.C. today to attend the American Educational Research Association Conference.  I will be presenting a paper entitled, Examining the Influences: Literacy Teacher Educators who us a Multiliteracies Approach. This study is a subset of a larger study on which I have been a researcher.  I examined 7 participants who demonstrated a proclivity toward multilitercies.  As I used a grounded theory approach (which does not begin the research with a hypothesis) I was  both intrigued and surprised by the findings.   Hope you can join me on Monday, April 11, 11:45am to 1:15pm, at the Marriott Marquis, Level Three, Mount Vernon Square.


According to Dewey (1974) “[e]ducation, experience, and life are inextricably intertwined”.  This study examined how early life experiences and other influences affected the practices of 7 literacy teacher educators (LTEs) who currently enact a multiliteracies approach.  Early childhood experiences, mentors along their journey, personal and professional turning points, and developing notions of literacy were explored.  Three findings (a) an innate love of language/literature, (b) inspiring mentorship, and (c) a unique set of dispositional qualities were significant contributing factors to these literacy teacher educators adopting a multiliteracies approach. The participants for this study were a subset from a large-scale study entitled, Literacy Teacher Educators: Their Backgrounds, Visions, and Practices which examines the lives of teacher educators from four countries:  Canada, the USA, England and Australia.   

Hope you can join me!