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Dr Clare Dowdall

Dr Clare Dowdall

Lecturer in Education

 North Cloisters NC128

 

North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

I joined the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education as Lecturer in Education (Language and Literacy) in 2020. Prior to this, I was employed as a Lecturer in Language and Literacy Education at University of Plymouth from 2001.

I have a range of experiences in teaching and researching literacy education. I graduated from Exeter University with a BA(Ed) in English and Drama in 1997. I worked in Devon, as a teacher and literacy subject leader, and then completed an MA(Ed) in Language and Literacy with University of Plymouth. For this, I researched children’s text production in out of school contexts. In 2010 I was the recipient of the UKLA/Wiley Blackwell Research in Literacy Award for my paper: Impressions, improvisations and compositions: reframing children's text production in the digital age, Literacy, 43(2) pp 91-99. In 2012, I completed my PhD in children's text production in online social networking sites, also with University of Plymouth. 

I have an active interest in all aspects of literacy education and policy. I am a long-standing member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association. I currently sit on their Executive Council, with responsibility for convening the UKLA Research Sub-Committee. From 2015-2018 I co-edited the UKLA’s journal Literacy. I have also co-edited two special issues of Literacy: Popular Culture and Curriculum (2014) and Assessment, Accountability and Policy (2017).  

I have extensive experience teaching and supervising and examining across the full range of educational programmes, including PhD, EdD, MA, PGCE and B.Ed. 

My current research focuses on children’s writing and text production in a variety of school-based and informal contexts. In 2016 I was awarded a small research award from UKLA to develop this work. Since 2017 I have co-convened the UKLA Digital Literacies in Education SIG. As part of this work, I co-convene the UKLA Digital Literacies in Education Task Group with Professor Cathy Burnett, Sheffield Hallam University. This group is currently funded by UKLA to develop research-informed resources for teachers to promote critical and creative engagement with digital literacies. Other projects involve ongoing work with Professor Victoria Carrington, University of Tasmania, to research vernacular creativity in urban textual landscapes. 

Qualifications

BA(Ed)(Hons) Primary English with Education and Drama (QTS), University of Exeter - Dissertation Special Award

MA(Ed) Language and Literacy, University of Plymouth

PhD, University of Plymouth

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Publications

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Journal articles

Dowdall C (2018). Ben and his army scenes: a consideration of one child’s out-of-school text production. English in Education, 40(3), 39-54.
Dowdall C (2009). Impressions, improvisations and compositions: reframing children's text production in social network sites. Literacy, 43(2), 91-99.
Dowdall C (2006). Dissonance between the digitally created words of school and home. Literacy, 40(3), 153-163.

Chapters

Dowdall C (2020). Teaching writing in digital times: Stories from the early years. In Chen H, Myhill D, Lewis H (Eds.) Developing Writers Across the Primary and Secondary Years, Oxon: Routledge, 78-93.
Dowdall C (2019). Young children's writing in the 21st century: the challenge of moving from paper to screen. In Erstad O, Flewitt R, Kummerling-Meibauer B, Pires Pereira IS (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Digital Literacies in Early Childhood, Oxon: Routledge, 257-269.
Dowdall C (2017). Children's Writing in the Twenty-First Century: Mastery, Crafting and Control. In Parry B, Burnett C, Merchant G (Eds.) Literacy, Media, Technology: Past, Present and Future, London: Bloomsbury, 163-182.
Carrington V, Dowdall C (2016). Vernacular creativity in urban textual landscapes. In Jones RH (Ed) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity, Oxon: Routledge, 415-430.
Carrington V, Dowdall C (2013). This is a job for Hazmat Guy! Global Media Cultures and Children's Everyday Lives. In Hall K, Cremin T, Comber B, Moll LC (Eds.) International Handbook of Research on Children's Literacy, Learning, and Culture, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 96-107.
Dowdall C (2009). Masters and critics: children as producers of online digital texts. In Carrington V, Robinson M (Eds.) Digital Literacies: Social Learning and Classroom Practices, London: Sage, 43-61.
Dowdall C (2009). The Texts of Me and the Texts of Us: Improvisation and polished performance in Social Networking Sites. In Willett R, Robinson M, Marsh J (Eds.) Play, Creativity and Digital Cultures, Oxon: Routledge, 73-91.

Publications by year


2020

Dowdall C (2020). Teaching writing in digital times: Stories from the early years. In Chen H, Myhill D, Lewis H (Eds.) Developing Writers Across the Primary and Secondary Years, Oxon: Routledge, 78-93.

2019

Dowdall C (2019). Young children's writing in the 21st century: the challenge of moving from paper to screen. In Erstad O, Flewitt R, Kummerling-Meibauer B, Pires Pereira IS (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Digital Literacies in Early Childhood, Oxon: Routledge, 257-269.

2018

Dowdall C (2018). Ben and his army scenes: a consideration of one child’s out-of-school text production. English in Education, 40(3), 39-54.

2017

Dowdall C (2017). Children's Writing in the Twenty-First Century: Mastery, Crafting and Control. In Parry B, Burnett C, Merchant G (Eds.) Literacy, Media, Technology: Past, Present and Future, London: Bloomsbury, 163-182.

2016

Carrington V, Dowdall C (2016). Vernacular creativity in urban textual landscapes. In Jones RH (Ed) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity, Oxon: Routledge, 415-430.

2013

Carrington V, Dowdall C (2013). This is a job for Hazmat Guy! Global Media Cultures and Children's Everyday Lives. In Hall K, Cremin T, Comber B, Moll LC (Eds.) International Handbook of Research on Children's Literacy, Learning, and Culture, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 96-107.

2009

Dowdall C (2009). Impressions, improvisations and compositions: reframing children's text production in social network sites. Literacy, 43(2), 91-99.
Dowdall C (2009). Masters and critics: children as producers of online digital texts. In Carrington V, Robinson M (Eds.) Digital Literacies: Social Learning and Classroom Practices, London: Sage, 43-61.
Dowdall C (2009). The Texts of Me and the Texts of Us: Improvisation and polished performance in Social Networking Sites. In Willett R, Robinson M, Marsh J (Eds.) Play, Creativity and Digital Cultures, Oxon: Routledge, 73-91.

2006

Dowdall C (2006). Dissonance between the digitally created words of school and home. Literacy, 40(3), 153-163.

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