Dr. Jen Rowsell
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My Research

It is the details of people’s literacy lives that interest me. The idiosyncratic ways that children remix popular culture texts or adolescents become engrossed in game worlds, or teenagers taking conceptual photographs that they share on social media or adults who occupy their minds and hearts with music, art, and literature on or off their technologies. Over twenty years I have investigated all age groups to examine how literacy shapes and leverages identities. I look for ways of broadening and reimagining what literacy can be in light of such richness and complexity that people experience as a part of their everyday literacy practices.

You can connect with me through Twitter at @drjenrowsell

 
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Current Research

2018-2019 REIMAGINING EDUCATOR TRAINING: USING TECHNOLOGY TO FOSTER EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS CAPACITIES IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES.

SSHRC Partnership Engagement Grant. Principal Investigator: Debra Harwood. Co-Investigator: Jennifer Rowsell. Collaborator: Dane Di Cesare.

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MAKER LITERACIES

Led by Dr. Amelie Lemieux and I, Maker Literacies is a SSHRC-funded Insight grant that combines the expertise of professionals from a range of sectors with educators to teach K-12 students about multimodality and design of such modes as film-making, photography, video game design, coding, and graphic and animated film. For more information, please visit https://www.makerliteracies.com.

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RESETTLED LITERACIES
(Part of Words in the World Partnership Grant)

Funded by a SSHRC Partnership Grant led by Dr. Gary Libben, Resettled Literacies is a research study with doctoral student Julianne Burgess, that applies arts methodologies to explore stories of migration and resettlement with newcomers to Canada who have relocated and made a home in the Niagara area.

 
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ENGAGING PARENTS TO SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S 21ST CENTURY LEARNING SKILLS

Funded by an Ontario government PRO grant, Drs. Tiffany Gallagher and Dane Di Cesare and I are exploring differentiated access and digital literacy practices across a spectrum of socio-economic situations in the Niagara area. A goal of this project is to provide parents of newcomer elementary students with an opportunity to learn how to identify, access, and support their children with literacy learning technologies in the home.

OTHER RESEARCH STUDIES

2017-2019. European Commission H2020 Programme: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange. Maker Spaces in the Early Years: Enhancing Digital Literacy and Creativity (MakEY). Principal Investigator: Jackie Marsh, University of Sheffield. International Partner: Jennifer Rowsell.

2017-2020. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant. Reimagining Literacy Education: Being literate in the twenty-first century. Principal Investigator: Linda Laidlaw, University of Alberta; Co-Applicant & Partner: Jennifer Rowsell.

2016-2018. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant. Poor Kids and the Digital Zoo: What Cultural and Digital Mobilities Exist for Children and Young People in Two Post-Industrial Urban Locations? Principal Investigator: Diane Collier. Co-Investigator: Mia Perry; Collaborator: Jennifer Rowsell.

2016-2022. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant. Word in the World. Principal Investigator: Gary Libben. Collaborator: Jennifer Rowsell.

2016. Hugh James Corcoran Memorial Trust Fund. Rolling in the Deep: Building Capacity for Marginalized, Homeless Adults in Niagara through Arts-Based Approaches to Literacy. Principal Investigator: Jennifer Rowsell.

2016-2017. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grant. The 33rd Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Visual Research Methods and Visual Ethnographies. Principal Investigator: Andrea Doucet. Co-Investigator: Jennifer Rowsell.

2015-2018. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant. 21st Century Literacies: Research and Development of a ‘Cloud Curriculum’. Principal Investigator: Kathy Hibbert, Western University; Co-Applicant & Partner: Jennifer Rowsell.

2015. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grant. Literacy in Transcultural, Cosmopolitan Times: A Call for Change. Principal Investigator: Rahat Naqvi. Co-Investigator: Jennifer Rowsell.

2014-2019. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant. Making/Re-Making Families: A Visual, Longitudinal and Cross-Cultural exploration of Family Practices, Family Photographs, and Stories. Principal Investigator: Andrea Doucet. Co-Investigators: Diane Collier and Jennifer Rowsell.

2013-2015. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant Award. Community Arts Zone (CAZ): Projects linking literacy, community, and the arts. Principal Investigator: Jennifer Rowsell; Co-Investigators: Kate Pahl, Kris Gutierrez, Joanne Larson; Collaborators: Shelley Griffin, Peter Vietgen, Kari-Lynn Winters, Debra McLauchlan, Glenys McQueen-Fuentes. 

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, Collaborator: Jennifer Rowsell.

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. Co-Investigator: Jennifer Rowsell

2012. The Revisiting Project: Longitudinal perspective on literacy research. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Aid to Research Workshop Grant. Principal Investigator: Jennifer Rowsell.

2011. Reading by Design: Exploring Twenty-First Century Reading. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant with Co-Investigators: Drs. Tiffany Gallagher and Ruth McQuirter-Scott

2011. World Leader Grant: Maureen Walsh. Funded by The Knowledge Network of Applied Educational Research (KNAER)

2010-2012. The Producers: Design Literacies in Action. Elva Knight Research Grant Awarded

2007-2010. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. Parents' Networks: The circulation of knowledge about children's literacy learning, Principal Investigator of Project, Dr. Sue Nichols, Dr. Helen Nixon, and Dr. Jennifer Rowsell (Co-Invesitgator)

 

Single Discipline, Internally-Funded Research and/or Training Grants

2017. Brock University Research and Development Grant. SJRI Symposium: Child and Youth Engagement, Civic Literacies and Digital Ecologies. May 2017.

2017. Social Justice Research Institute Thematic Symposium Funding. Child and Youth Engagement, Civic Literacies and Digital Ecologies. January 2017.