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Beryl Peters receives 2012 (CSSE) ARTS Doctoral Graduate Award

May 10, 2012 — 

Congratulations to Faculty of Education doctoral graduate Dr. Jocelyn (Beryl) Peters, recipient of the 2012 Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE) ARTS Doctoral Graduate Award for her dissertation entitled A Formative Study of Rhythm and Pattern: Semiotic Potential of Multimodal Experiences for Early Years Readers (University of Manitoba, Supervisor: Dr. Kelvin Seifert, PhD)

ABSTRACT: The geographies of rhythm are found in nature, place, and body, and “shape human experience in timespace” (Edensor, 2010, p. 1). The question addressed in this study is what potential the semiotic resource and geography of rhythm has to engage early years children in print and non-print literacy learning. The study investigates the problem of finding alternate multimodal pathways for learning in both reading and music for all early years children, particularly those who may struggle with traditional pedagogical approaches to reading.

The guiding theoretical framework is drawn from a “chorus of agents provocateurs” (Zwicky, 1992, p. ix) including literature and research from the domains of reading, music, the arts, music education, semiotics, multiliteracies, multimodal semiotics, creativity and flow studies, play, embodied learning, neuroscience, and complexity thinking.

Dr. Peters will receive her award at the May, 2012 CSSE Conference in Waterloo, Ontario.


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