Dr. Shinas's research is grounded in her deep interest in digital literacies and multimodality.
Valerie Harlow Shinas
Professional Title: Assistant Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Digital literacies; multimodalityas it relates to literacy; adolescent literacy; pre-service teacher education; TPACK
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Language and Literacy
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Research in Reading; Literacy: The Integration of the Language Arts; Content Literacy
Education: BA, Anna Maria College; MEd, University of Massachusetts-Lowell; PhD, University of Delaware
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Valerie Harlow Shinas is an Assistant Professor in the Language and Literacy Division of the Graduate School of Education. She earned a Ph.D. in Literacy Education from the University of Delaware. Her dissertation study was an examination of the online reading behavior of skilled eighth-grade readers as they read an online, multimodal text. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was a middle school teacher and building-level reading specialist. The opportunity to work with middle school students who love to use technology led her to develop a deep interest in both adolescent literacy and the ways that technology can be used in the literacy classroom. In addition, much of her recent research has centered on the TPACK theoretical framework and the implications for teacher education.
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