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Dr Jen Scott Curwood is an Associate Professor in English Education and Media Studies at the University of Sydney, where she is the Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Ethics Committee and on the management team of the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation. Within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, she is the English Curriculum Coordinator for the Secondary Combined Degree and the Study Abroad Coordinator. She received the Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the Australian Teacher Education Association and Teachers Mutual Bank, and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Jen's research explores the intersections of literacy, creativity, and technology. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Literacy ResearchJournal of Adolescent and Adult LiteracyAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher EducationTeaching Education, E-Learning and Digital Media, andLearning, Media, and Technology. Jen has published a co-authored book, Conducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces. She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA. Her major area of emphasis was Literacy Studies, with minors in Composition and Rhetoric as well as Educational Psychology. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Jen was a public school teacher. She taught middle school and high school English, and she is accredited as a K-12 reading specialist.

Recent publications

Bell, A., Curwood, J., Ross, J. (2018). Assessment in a digital age: Rethinking multimodal artefacts in higher education. 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2018), London: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Lammers, J., Magnifico, A., Curwood, J. (2018). Literate identities in fan-based online affinity spaces. In K. Mills, A. Stornaiuolo, A. Smith and J. Z. Pandya (Eds.), Handbook of writing, literacies, and education in digital cultures, (pp. 173-184). New York, NY: Routledge.

Thibaut, P., Curwood, J. (2018). Multiliteracies in practice: Integrating multimodal production across the curriculum. Theory into Practice, 57(1), 48-55. [More Information]

Magnifico, A., Curwood, J., Lammers, J. (2017). Analyzing social interactions in an online writing space: A methodological innovation. Literacy Research Association conference 2017, Tampa FL.

Gerber, H., Abrams, S., Curwood, J., Magnifico, A. (2017). Conducting qualitative research of learning in online spaces. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Curwood, J., Lammers, J., Magnifico, A. (2017). From research to practice: Writing, technology, and English teacher education. In Heidi L Hallman (Eds.), Innovations in English Language Arts teacher education, (pp. 121-141). Bingley: Emerald. [More Information]

Gauci, R., Curwood, J. (2017). Teaching Asia: English pedagogy and Asia literacy within the Australian Curriculum. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 40(3), 163-173.

Curwood, J. (2017). Telling stories, crafting selves: Spoken word poetry in Australia. Literacy Research Association conference 2017, Tampa FL.

Curwood, J., Biddolph, C. (2017). Understanding Twitter as a networked field site: Implications for research on teacher professional learning. In M. Knobel & C. Lankshear (Eds.), Researching new literacies: Design, theory, and data in sociocultural investigation, (pp. 81-103). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Biddolph, C., Curwood, J. (2016). #PD: Examining the intersection of Twitter and professional learning. In M. Knobel & J. Kalman (Eds.), New literacies and teacher learning: Professional Development and the Digital Turn, (pp. 195-218). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. [More Information]

Padgett, E., Curwood, J. (2016). A figment of their imagination: Adolescent poetic literacy in an online affinity space. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 59(4), 397-407. [More Information]

Curwood, J., Biddolph, C. (2016). Audience, alliance, and agency: Teacher professional learning through online social networking. Literacy Research Association conference 2016, Nashville TN.

Bowmer, M., Curwood, J. (2016). From Keats to Kanye: Romantic poetry and popular culture in the secondary English classroom. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 60(2), 141-149. [More Information]

Collie, R., Martin, A., Curwood, J. (2016). Multidimensional motivation and engagement for writing: Construct validation with a sample of boys. Educational Psychology, 36(4), 771-791. [More Information]

Curwood, J. (2016). Out loud: Promoting social transformation through spoken word poetry. Literacy Research Association conference 2016, Nashville TN.

Thomson, K., Curwood, J., Tomitsch, M. (2016). Participatory professional development: Designing a mobile website that links student feedback with best practice teaching resources. 39th HERDSA Annual International Conference, Hammondville: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.

Contact information

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