Dr Clare Dowdall
Profiles

Dr Clare Dowdall

Lecturer in Language and Literacy Education

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Role

I have worked at Plymouth University since 2001 as a Lecturer in Language and Literacy Education. I completed my PhD in children's text production in online social networking sites in 2012 and have an active research interest children's text production. I currently work across a number of programmes, including the PhD, EdD, MA, PGCE and B.Ed programmes. I lead and teach English on the PGCE programmes in the Plymouth Institute of Education. I act as Director of Studies and second supervisor for Ph.D and Ed.D candidates, and am an academic and dissertation tutor on the MA. I have acted as professional tutor for PGCE students and have taught on the PGCE Professional Studies module. I am an extended project supervisor for final year B.Ed English Specialist students.

My current research interest is in 21st century children's writing and text production - in and beyond the school context. Currently I am researching into conceptualisations of children's writing in the 21st century.

I am an active member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association. I am a member of their Executive Council and currently convene the UKLA Research Sub-Committee. I was Associate Editor for the UKLA/Wiley Blackwell journal ‘Literacy’ from 2014 - 2018.

I am passionate about the development of literacy in children's lives, within and beyond formal educational settings.


Qualifications

Plymouth University, PhD (2012)

Text production in Bebo: A study of three children's text production in online social networking sites

University of Plymouth, MA(Ed) Language and Literacy (2004) 
Dissertation: Four children's 'out-of-school' text production: a multiple case study

University of Exeter, BA(Ed) Primary Education with English and Drama (QTS) (1997)
John Money Prize for dissertation: Identity in Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride

Primary school teacher and English Coordinator 1997 - 2001

Professional membership

United Kingdom Literacy Association member (2002-present)

Roles on external bodies

Associate Editor Literacy - Journal of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (November 2014 – November 2017; extended to November 2018).

Manuscript reviewer for: Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; Journal of Early Childhood Literacy; English Teaching Practice and Critique; Literacy.

Book proposal reviewer for: SAGE Publishing; Routledge Monographs series; Institute of Education Press/ Trentham; UKLA publications.

UKLA Executive Council Member (2013-present)

UKLA Research Sub Committee convener (2018-present)

UKLA Publications Sub-Committee convenor (web-based publications) (2013-2018)

UKLA SW Regional representative for UKLA (2008-2013)

Wiley-Blackwell /UKLA Research in Literacy Education Award Panel member (2013-2015)

Multiverse SW Regional representative (TDA-funded) (2007-2009)

 

Teaching interests

SUPERVISION (PhD and EdD)

PhD Director of Studies: How do trainee teachers understand and promote phonological awareness as a pre-requisite for word-level reading? Completion due: April 2022

PhD second supervisor: What are the ways in which Irish Primary school teachers in Digital Schools of Distinction support independent reading in the 21st Century? Completion due: January 2020

EdD second supervisor: Children’s lived experience of success. Submitted July 2019

EdD second supervisor: What do teachers say is the impact of performance-related pay and appraisal policies? Completion due: July 2020


TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

MA Education Dissertation supervisor (MAED701/2) tutor (2016-present)

MA Education Researching Education Practice in Context (REPIC) supervisor (2017-present)

MA Education Academic Tutor (2016-present)

PGCE Primary English module leader (2008-present)

PGCE Early Years English module leader (2008-present)

PGCE School Direct English module leader (2008-2018)

PGCE Core module leader (English, Mathematics, Science, TEL) (Primary/EY/ SD) (2013-present)

BEd (Hons) Primary (English) Independent Study Project/ Dissertation/Extended project module leader (level 6) (2001-present)

BEd Core English Year 3 (level 6) module leader 2002-2008; 2018-present)

BEd (Hons) Primary (English) Literacy in Children’s Worlds module leader (level 5) (2004 – 2012; 2018-present)

BEd (Hons) Primary Professional Tutor (2008-2014)

PGCE Primary and Early Years English tutor (2001-2008)

BEd (Hons) Primary (English) Core module tutor (All stages) (2001-present)

BEd (Hons) Primary (non-specialist) Drama (2002-2004)

PGCE Professional Studies tutor (and pastoral care) (2001-2008)

MA (Ed) Dissertation supervisor (2005-2006)

MA (Ed) module tutor (2005 – 2006)


Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner: Sheffield Hallam University 

Module examiner (BA and PGCE modules): 2015-present

Course examiner (BA): 2017-present

Research interests

Children's writing and text production in the 21st century; Digital literacies in education; Literacy education; Vernacular literacies; Constructivist Grounded Theory


PUBLICATIONS - BOOK CHAPTERS

Dowdall, C. (in press) Teaching writing in digital times: stories from the early years, in: Honglin Chen, Debra Myhill & Helen Lewis (editors) Growing into writing: Developing writers across primary and secondary school years, Taylor and Francis.

Dowdall, C. (2019) Young children’s ‘writing’ in the 21st century: the challenge of moving from paper to screen, in: Ola Erstad, Rosie Flewitt, Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, Iris Pereira (editors) The Routledge Handbook of Digital Literacies in Early Childhood, London: Routledge, pp 257-269.

Dowdall, C. (2017) Children’s Writing in theTwenty-First Century: Mastery, Crafting and Control, in Parry, B.Burnett, C. and Merchant, G. (eds.) Literacy, Media, Technology: Past,Present, Future, London: Bloomsbury, pp 163-181.

Carrington, V. and Dowdall, C. (2016) Vernacular creativity in urban textual landscapes, in Jones, R. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity, London: Routledge, pp 415-429.

Carrington, V. and 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. and Moll, L. (eds.) The International Handbook of Research in Children's Literacy, Learning and Culture, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, pp 96-107.

Dowdall, C. (2009) Masters and critics: children as producers of online digital texts, in Carrington, V. and Robinson, M. (eds.) Digital Literacies, Social Learning and Classroom Practices, London: Sage pp 43-61.

Dowdall, C. (2008) The texts of me and the texts of us: Improvisation and Polished Performance in Social Networking Sites, in Marsh, J., Robinson, M., and Willett, R (eds.) Play, Creativity and Digital Cultures, London: Routledge pp 73-91.


PUBLICATIONS - REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Dowdall, C. (2009) Impressions, improvisations and compositions: reframing children’s text production in the digital age, Literacy vol 43, 2 pp 91-99 - Recipient of UKLA/ WileyBlackwell Research in Literacy Award 2010 

Dowdall, C. (2006) Dissonance between the digitally created words of school and home,  Literacy vol. 45, 3 pp 153-163

Dowdall, C. (2006) Ben and his 'army scenes': a consideration of one child's out-of-school text production, English in Education, vol. 40, 3 pp 39-54

PUBLICATIONS – SPECIAL ISSUE EDITORIALS

Reedy, D., Dowdall, C., and McClay, J. (eds.) (2017) Editorial: Assessment, Accountability and Policy (Special Issue) Literacy, vol 51, 2 pp 53-55

Dowdall, C., Vasudevan, L. and Mackey, M.(eds.) (2014) Editorial: Popular Culture and Curriculum (Special Issue), Literacy, vol 48, 1 pp 1-3

CONFERENCE PAPERS - INTERNATIONAL

January 2017 Invited Symposium Chair, Hibernia College Research Conference, Hibernia College, Dublin

Dowdall, C. (2016) Children’s text production in the 21stcentury: mastery, crafting and control Invited paper for research webinar series at Hibernia College, Dublin, January 2016

Dowdall, C. (2008) Performing and negotiating social identities through online text production, The International Seminar for the development of Digital Literacies in Schools, Homes, and Communities, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Nara, Japan, December 2008

CONFERENCE PAPERS - NATIONAL

Clare Dowdall, University of Plymouth, Angela Colvert, University of Roehampton, Louise Wheatcroft, Birmingham City University, Becky Parry, University of Sheffield (2019) Extending children's creative and critical use of digital media: Building a framework, UKLA 55th International Conference 2019, Sheffield.

Dowdall (2018) Young writers in digital times: stories from the early years, UKLA 54th International Conference 2018, Cardiff

Dowdall,C. (2017) ‘Writing’ in the 21stcentury: what the teachers say, UKLA 53rd International Conference 2017 - Glasgow Language, Literacy and Class: Connections and Contradictions, July 2017

July 2017 Convened and chaired: ‘UKLA Digital Literacies in Education SIG symposium: Members' research update and discussion’ UKLA 53rd International Conference 2017 - Glasgow Language, Literacy and Class: Connections and Contradictions

May 2017 Co-convened and organised: UKLA/BERA Research Symposium Digital Literacies in Education Tuesday May 16th 2017  Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

Dowdall, C. (2017) Children's ‘writing’ in the 21st century, Invited research seminar Sheffield Hallam University, May 2017.

Dowdall, C. (2016) Children’s ‘writing’ in the 21st century: curriculum, crafting and design, Cambridge Primary Review Trust National Conference: Primary Education – what it is and what it might be, London, November 2016

Dowdall, C. (2016) Symposium presentation ‘New’ Literacies for the 21stCentury: Children’s ‘writing’ in the 21st century: curriculum, crafting and design' UKLA International Conference, Bristol, July 2016.

Dowdall, C. (2016) Children’s text production in the 21st century: mastery, crafting and control - Invited paper for research webinar series at Hibernia College, Dublin, January 2016

Invited Discussant, Language, Literacy and Identity International Conference – Centre for the Study of Literacies (day 1), University of Sheffield, 2016

Dowdall, C. (2015) Children’s text production in the 21stcentury: mastery, crafting and control Invited paper for research seminar series at University of East Anglia, November 2015.

Dowdall, C. (2015) Crafting and control: children as text producers in Bebo, Research paper given at UKLA International Conference, Nottingham, July 2015

Dowdall, C. (2014) Creation and Curation: Social networking as mastery of the textual and the social, contributing to the Symposium ‘Digital Literacies: Past, present and future’ at the UKLA International Conference: 50 Years of Literacy: Continuity and Change University of Sussex, July 2014

Dowdall, C. (2013) Social control and textual control: the mastery of text production in the everyday, Everyday language, Everyday Literacies Conference, University of Sheffield ,28-29th June 2013

Dowdall, C. (2009) Symposium participant: report of DAIWA funded international seminars and research project Personal and Professional: exploring the digital lives of intending teachers and their emerging classroom practice - reported at UKLA 45th International conference, Greenwich, London, July 2009

Dowdall, C. (2008) Performing and negotiating social identities through online text production United Kingdom Literacy Association 44th International Conference, Liverpool, UK,July 2008

Dowdall, C. (2006) Invited speaker at ESRC Seminar Series seminar: Digital cultures, informal learning and school practice, Producing digital texts at home and school, July 2006, Bishops Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, 3 July 2006

Dowdall, C. (2006) United Kingdom LiteracyAssociation 42nd International Conference Digital Literacies SIG Symposium contributor, Nottingham, July 2006

Dowdall, C. and Carrington, V. (2006) Mobile Technologies, Curriculum and pre-service teacher educators United Kingdom Literacy Association 42nd International Conference, Nottingham, July 2006 

Dowdall, C. (2005) Symposium -Dissonance and Diversity: Children, literacies and identities Dissonance between the cultural words of school and home United Kingdom LiteracyAssociation, 41st International Conference, Bath, July 2005 

Dowdall, C. (2004) Three year 6 writers and their 'out-of-school' text production, United Kingdom Literacy Association 40th International Conference, Manchester, Jul 2004


BOOK REVIEWS

Dowdall, C. (2015) Book review of Rowsell, J. Working with Multimodality: Rethinking literacy in a digital age. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, vol. 15, 2: pp. 281-284

Dowdall, C. (2009) Book review of Thomas, P.L. and Kincheloe, J. Reading, writing and thinking: The postformal basics. English in Australia, vol. 44, 1: pp. 73-75

Dowdall, C. (2007) Book review of Hermes, J. Re reading Popular Culture, Discourse: Studies inthe Cultural Politics of Education, vol. 27, 4: pp. 563-565

Dowdall, C. (2005) Book review of Gregory, E., Long, S.and Volk, D. Multicultural and Multilingual Literacy and Language: many pathways to Literacy, English inEducation, vol.39, 3


RESEARCH PROJECTS AND COLLABORATIVE ACTIVITY

Co-convener United Kingdom Literacy Association Digital Literacies in Education Task Group (funded) (2018-present) with Professor Cathy Burnett, Sheffield Hallam. 

Co-convener United Kingdom Literacy Association Digital Literacies in Education SIG (2016-present) with Professor Cathy Burnett, Sheffield Hallam and Dr Julia Davies, Sheffield University.

UKLA-funded research project (2010-2012) Urban Textual Landscapes: Diversity and change, co-researcher with Professor Victoria Carrington, UEA

DAIWA-funded international seminar series and researchproject (2008-2009) Personal and Professional: exploring the digital lives of intending teachers and their emerging classroom practice, co-researcher withProfessor Jackie Marsh, Professor Victoria Carrington, Professor Muriel Robinson and Dr. Rosie Kerrin

ESRC core group member (2005-2007) Play, Creativity and Digital Cultures RES-451-25-4151

UKLA Digital Literacies SIG core group member (2006-2007)

Grants & contracts

UKLA-funded research project (2016-2018) Children's Writing in the 21st Century: Crafting, Composition and Design – Awarded £1860

UKLA-funded research project (2010-2012) Urban Textual Landscapes: Diversity and change, co-researcher with Professor Victoria Carrington, UEA– Awarded £2120

DAIWA-funded international seminar series and researchproject (2008-2009) Personal and Professional: exploring the digital lives of intending teachers and their emerging classroom practice, co-researcher withProfessor Jackie Marsh, Professor Victoria Carrington, Professor Muriel Robinson and Dr. Rosie Kerrin - Awarded £15000

Research groups

  • e-Learning
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Professional Theory and Practice

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
McClay J & Dowdall C 2019 'Editorial' Literacy 53, (1) 1-2 , DOI
McClay J & Dowdall C 2018 'Editorial' Literacy 52, (3) 115-116 , DOI
McClay J & Dowdall C 2018 'Editorial' Literacy 52, (1) 1-2 , DOI
Dowdall C & McClay J 2017 'Editorial' Literacy 51, (3) 121-122 , DOI
Reedy D, Dowdall C & McClay J 2017 'Editorial' Literacy 51, (2) 53-55 , DOI
McClay J & Dowdall C 2017 'Editorial' Literacy 51, (1) 1-2 , DOI
McClay J & Dowdall C 2016 'Editorial' Literacy 50, (3) 113-115 , DOI
McClay J & Dowdall C 2016 'Editorial' Literacy 50, (2) 53-54 , DOI
Reedy D, Dowdall C & McClay J 2016 'Call for papers for a Special Themed Issue ofLiteracy:Assessment, Accountability and Policy - April 2017' Literacy 50, (1) 52-52 , DOI
2016 'Editorial' Literacy 50, (1) 1-2 , DOI
McClay J & Dowdall C 2015 'Editorial' Literacy 49, (3) 113-114 , DOI
McClay J & Dowdall C 2015 'Editorial' Literacy 49, (2) 57-59 , DOI
Dowdall C, Vasudevan L & Mackey M 2014 'Popular culture and curriculum' Literacy 48, (1) 1-3 , DOI
Dowdall C 2009 'Impressions, improvisations and compositions: reframing children's text production in social network sites' Literacy 43, (2) 91-99 , DOI
Dowdall C 2009 'Reading, writing and thinking: The postformal basics' ENGLISH IN AUSTRALIA 44, (1) 73-75 Author Site
Dowdall C 2006 'Dissonance between the digitally created words of school and home' Literacy 40, (3) 153-163 , DOI
Dowdall C 2006 'Ben and his army scenes: a consideration of one child’s out-of-school text production' English in Education 40, (3) 39-54 , DOI
Dowdall CA 0 'Book review: Working with Multimodality: Rethinking literacy in a digital age' Journal of Early Childhood Literacy
Chapters
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 The Routledge Handbook of Digital Literacies in Early Childhood Oxon Routledge 257-269
Dowdall CA 2016 'Children’s Writing in the Twenty-First Century: Mastery, Crafting and Control' in Parry B; Burnett C; Merchant G Literacy, Media, Technology: Past, Present, Future, London Bloomsbury 163-181
Dowdall C & Carrington V 2015 'Vernacular creativity in urban textual landscapes' in Jones RH The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity , DOI
Carrington V & Dowdall C 2013 '‘This is a Job for Hazmat Guy!’: Global Media Cultures and Children's Everyday Lives' International Handbook of Research on Children's Literacy, Learning, and Culture John Wiley & Sons, Ltd 96-107 , DOI
Carrington V & Dowdall C 2013 'International Handbook of Research on Children's Literacy, Learning and Culture' in Hall K; Cremin T; Comber B; Moll L Malden, MA John Wiley & Sons 96-107
Dowdall C 2012 'The texts of me and the texts of us: Improvisation and Polished Performance in Social Networking Sites' in Willett R; Robinson M; Marsh J Routledge 73-91
Dowdall C 2009 'Masters and Critics: Children as Producers of Online Digital Texts' in Carrington V; Robinson M Digital Literacies: Social Learning and Clasroom Practices London UKLA/SAGE publications 43-61

Reports & invited lectures

Dowdall, C. (2017) Children's ‘writing’ in the 21st century, Invited research seminar Sheffield Hallam University, May 2017.

Dowdall, C. (2016) Children’s text production in the 21stcentury: mastery, crafting and control - Invited paper for research webinar series at Hibernia College, Dublin, January 2016

Invited Discussant, Language, Literacy and Identity International Conference – Centre for the Study of Literacies (day 1), University of Sheffield, 2016

Dowdall, C. (2015) Children’s text production in the 21stcentury: mastery, crafting and control Invited paper for research seminar series at University of East Anglia, November 2015.


Other academic activities

Invited to act as discussant at Language, Literacy and Identity International Conference, University of Sheffield, July 2016

Invited to become core member for Children’s Digital Books and Literacy Apps SIG (UKLA), September 2015

ESRC rapporteur for the ESRC project 'Literacy attainment, data and discourse from the mid 19th century to the present day: a sociological account using mixed methods research (2015)

Invited panel member for the UKLA/ Wiley Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award, 2013 - 2015


Links

UKLA Research Sub Committee https://ukla.org/research