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Shelley Stagg Peterson
Professor

phone: (416) 978-0329
email: shelleystagg.peterson@utoronto.ca  
email: shelleystagg.peterson@utoronto.ca
website: http://webspace.oise.utoronto.ca/~peters44

Research Overview

Dr. Shelley Stagg Peterson is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE/UT. Her research interests focus on: oral language and writing development of young children, feedback on writing; use of digital technologies and multimedia to teach writing across the curriculum; writing assessment and instruction; content area literacy; and children’s literature.

Dr. Stagg Peterson is chief editor of the Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy, a peer-reviewed journal highlighting teachers' classroom research. She is an International Reading Association board member and has served as President and Past-President of the Toronto Reading Council.

She has authored several books on topics ranging from the teaching of children's literature to using graphic novels in classrooms to writing across the curriculum. She is the recipient of the Arbuthnot Award for Excellence in Teaching Children’s Literature from the International Reading Association.

Curriculum Vitae

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/Curriculum_Vitae/Shelley_Stagg_Peterson_CV.pdf

Academic History

Ph.D. University of Alberta, Elementary Education, 1994
M.Ed. University of Alberta, Educational Administration, 1990
B.Ed. University of Alberta, Elementary Education, 1983

Teaching Overview

PRof. Stagg-Peterson has taught the following Graduate-level courses:

• CTL 3029H Children's Literature as a Foundation of Literate Behaviour across the Curriculum
• CTL 3030H Theory and Practice in Elementary Literacy Instruction
• CTL 3032H Teaching Writing in the Classroom
• CTL 3033H Advanced Seminar in Language and Learning: Theory and Practice
and the following Graduate Pre-service Course:

• CTL 7000 Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction (Primary/Junior/Intermediate)


Representative Publications

BOOKS

Peterson, S.S. (2010). Teaching with graphic novels in grades 4-12 classrooms. Winnipeg, MB: Portage & Main Press.

Peterson, S. S., Booth, D., and Jupiter, C. (Eds.). (2009). Books, media and the internet: Children’s literature for today’s classrooms. Winnipeg: Portage and Main Press.

Peterson, S. S. (2008). Writing across the curriculum: All teachers teach writing.2nd Ed. Winnipeg: Portage & Main Press.

Peterson, S. S., & Swartz, L. (2008). Good books matter. Markham, ON: Pembroke.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

Peterson, S.S. (2013). Creating spaces for print and new literacies in pre-service literacy classes. In C. Kosnik, R. Simon, P. Williamson, J. Rowsell, & C. Beck (Eds.),  Literacy teacher educators: Preparing teachers for a changing world, (pp. 93-105).  Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

Peterson, S.S. (2013). Feedback on writing. In C.Leggo, K. James, K., & T. Dobson (Eds.), English in Middle and Secondary Classrooms: Creative and Critical Advice from Canada's Teacher Educators. (pp. 232-235). Toronto: Pearson.

Peterson, S. S. (2007). Writing. In B. J. Bank (Ed.), Gender and education: An encyclopedia (pp. 457-462). New York: Greenwood Press.

Peterson, S. (2006). Influence of gender on writing development. C. MacArthur, S. Graham, & J. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Handbook of writing research (pp. 311-323). New York: Guilford.

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

               Peterson, S.S., Jang, E., Jupiter, C., & Dunlop, M.(2013). Preschool early literacy programs in Ontario public libraries.  Partnership, 7(2), 1-21.

Peterson, S. S. (2012). A five discourses analysis of writing curriculum and support documents across Canada. Curriculum Inquiry, 42(2), 260-284.

Peterson, S.S. (2012). Action research supporting students’ oral language in northern Canadian schools: A professional development initiative. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 27(10) 1-16.

Peterson, S. S., & McClay, J. (2012). Assumptions and practices in using digital technologies to teach writing in middle-level classrooms across Canada. Literacy, 46(3), 140-146.

Peterson, S.S., McClay, J., & Main, K. (2012). An analysis of large-scale writing assessments in Canada (grades 5-8). Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 57(4), 424-445.

Research Grants and Contracts

Year: 2013
Individual or Group: Group
Grantor: SSHRC
Purpose: Research
Amount: CA$2.8 million

Year: 2011
Individual or Group: Group
Grantor: Ontario Federation of Libraries
Purpose: Research
Amount: CA$36,000

Year: 2011
Individual or Group: Individual
Grantor: SSHRC SIG
Purpose: Research
Amount: CA$1952

Year: 2010
Individual or Group: Individual
Grantor: SSHRC RDI
Purpose: Research
Amount: CA$38,783

Year: 2010
Individual or Group: Individual
Grantor: Northern Ontario Educational Leaders
Amount: CA$30,000

Year:2010
Individual or Group: Group
Grantor: SSHRC
Purpose: Research
Amount: CA$147,704

Year: 2010
Individual or Group: Group
Grantor: Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario
Purpose: Research contract
Amount: CA$30,000

Year: 2009
Individual or Group: Group
Grantor: International Reading Association
Purpose: Research
Amount: US$10,000

Year: 2009
Individual or Group: Individual
Grantor: Small Scale SSHRC
Purpose: Research
Amount: CA$ 1600

Year: 2008-2010
Individual or Group: Group
Grantor: Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
Purpose: Research
Amount: CA$35,000

Year: 2008
Individual or Group: Group
Grantor: SSHRC SIG at York University
Purpose: Research
Amount: CA$ 3000

Year: 2007
Individual or Group: Group
Grantor: Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario
Purpose: Research contract
Amount: CA$35,000

Year: 2007
Individual or Group: Group
Grantor: Ontario Ministry of Education
Purpose: Contract
Amount: CA$40,000

Honours and Awards

2010 Arbuthnot Award for Excellence in Teaching Children’s Literature, International Reading Association $800.00
199-2000 OISE Student Teachers' Union Professor of the Year Award

Professional Activities

• 2012-2015: Elected member of the International Reading Association board
• 2010-2013: Member of the Children's Literature and Reading SIG of the International Reading Association's Notable Books for a Global Society committee
• 2008–present: Chief editor of the Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy, an online peer-reviewed journal I initiated as a forum for classroom-based research.
• 2006-2011: Chief editor of Language and Literacy, Canada’s only online journal for academics publishing in the field of classroom language and literacy.
• 2006-2007: Local Area Chair of the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, 2007. Involved overseeing 7 subcommittees in preparation for conference of 12,000 delegates.
•2002- 2010: Served as President and Past-President of the Toronto Reading Council, a council of the International Reading Association, throughout these years.

Invited Addresses:
2011
Notable multicultural books for grades 5-12 classrooms. Novel Learning Experience Conference. North Bay, ON: May.
Feedback as a tool for teaching writing. Reaching Higher Conference. Kingston, ON: March.

2009
Teachers’ written feedback on boys’ and girls’ writing. Invited symposium for the SIG Writing EARLI. Amsterdam: August.

Issues and practices in providing feedback on student writing: Results of two research studies. Invited to present my research at the British Columbia Regional National Council of Teachers of English Research Pre-Conference. Vancouver: October.

2006
Gender issues in literacy. Senior Alumni Association, University of Toronto. Toronto: October.

2005
Supporting boys’ and girls’ writing. Keynote address for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s Scribblefest. Kitchener, ON: May.

Gender issues in writing assessment. OISE/UT Modern Language Center Colloquium presentation. University of Toronto: 2005

Research Areas

Literacy Aboriginal/Indigenous Studies Early Childhood Online Learning Environments & Computers in Education Teacher Education & Development (including ITE and Induction)

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