6511 Self-Directed Learning

This is an opportunity for me to set my own agenda, plan my own schedule, work toward my own learning goals. So, in collaboration with my supervisor, I will spend the next four months working on self-directed learning that will lead toward a literature review for my comprehensive portfolio. 

Here are the readings and articles which will comprise this ‘course of study’ – not in totality since there will be many others that will enter into this learning journey. These are the starting points for the course.


  1. Archer, M. S. (2003). Structure, agency, and the internal conversation. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  2. Davidson, C. & Goldberg, D. (2010). The future of thinking: Learning institutions in a digital age. Cambridge, MASS: The MIT Press. Retrieved from https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/future-thinking
  3. Hoechsmann, M. & Poyntz, R.S., (2012). Media Literacies: A Critical Introduction. Malden MA: Wiley.
  4. Gee, J. P. (2015). Literacy and education. New York, NY: Routledge.
  5. Gee, J. P. (2017). Teaching, learning, literacy in our high-risk high-tech world: A framework for becoming human. New York, NY: Teachers College Press
  6. Illich, I. (1972). Deschooling Society. London, England: Marion Boyars.
  7. Jenkins, H., Purushotma, R., Weigel, M., Clinton, K., & Robison, A. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. Cambridge, MASS: The MIT Press. Retrieved from https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/confronting-challenges-participatory-culture
  8. Johnson, S. (2006). Everything bad is good for you: How today’s popular culture is actually making us smarter. Riverhead Books.
  9. Williamson, B. (2013). The future of the curriculum: School knowledge in the digital age. Cambridge, MASS: The MIT Press. Retrieved from https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/future-curriculum
  10. Zaidi, R. & Rowsell, J. (2017). Literacy in transcultural times. NewYork, NY: Routledge.

Research articles

  1. Akerlind, G. (2008). A phenomenographic approach to developing academics’ understanding of the nature of teaching and learning. Teaching in Higher Education, 13(6), 633-644.
  2. Akerlind, G. (2018). What future for phenomenographic research? On continuity and development in the phenomenography and variation theory research tradition. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 62(6), 949-958.
  3. Barton, G. (2018). Changing literacies – people, place and objects: A review essay. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 13(3). 280-287.
  4. Choi, M., Cristol, D., & Gimbert, B. (2018). Teachers as digital citizens: The influence of individual backgrounds, internet use and psychological characteristics on teachers’ levels of digital citizenship. Computers & Education, 121, 143-161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2018.03.005 
  5. Derrida, J. (2010). On theory and practice. Retrieved from https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/pdfplus/10.3366/olr.2017.0207
  6. Dimbath, O. & Boschen, S. (2017). Forms of articulating epistemic critique: The necessity and virtue of internal skepticism in academia. Science & Technological Studies, 30(1), 40-50. Retrieved from https://sciencetechnologystudies.journal.fi/article/view/56998
  7. Forster, M. (2016). Phenomenography: A methodology for information literacy research. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 48(4), 353-362.
  8. Freire, P. (2009). From pedagogy of the oppressed. Race/ethnicity: multidisciplinary global contexts, 2(2), 163-174.
  9. Kerin, R. (2009). Digital portraits: Teacher education and multiliteracies pedagogy. In V. Carrington & M. Robinson (Eds.), Digital literacies: Social learning and classroom practices. Washington, DC: Sage.
  10. Korthagen, F. (2010). Situated learning theory and the pedagogy of teacher education: Towards an integrative view of teacher behavior and teacher learning. Teaching and Teacher Education, 26, 98-106.
  11. Kosnik C., Rowsell J., Simon R. (2013). The Shifting Landscape of Literacy Teacher Education. In C. Kosnik, J. Rowsell, P. Williamson, R. Simon, C. Beck (Eds.), Literacy Teacher Educators. (pp. 191-203). Sense Publishers, Rotterdam. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-200-6_15 
  12. Lieberman, A., & Mace, D. P. (2010). Making Practice Public: Teacher Learning in the 21st Century. Journal of Teacher Education, 61(1–2), 77–88. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022487109347319 
  13. Luke, A. (2012). Critical literacy: Foundational notes. Theory Into Practice, 51(4), 4-11.
  14. Lunn Brownlee, J., Ferguson, L., & Ryan, M. (2017). Changing teachers’ epistemic cognition: A new conceptual framework for epistemic reflexivity. Educational Psychologist, 52(4), 242-252. doi: 10.1080/00461520.2017.1333430
  15. Martin, S. & Dismuke, S. (2018). Investigating differences in teacher practices through a complexity theory lens: The influence of teacher education. Journal of Teacher Education 69(1), 22-39.
  16. Masschelein, J. and Quaghebeur, K. (2005). Participation for better or for worse. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 39(1), pp. 52–65.
  17. Mentis, M., Holley-Boen, W., Butler, P., Kearney, A., Budd, J., Riley, T., MacArthur, J., Dharan, V., & Bevan-Brown, J. (2016). Māwhai: Webbing a professional identity through networked interprofessional communities of practice. Teaching and Teacher Education, 60, 66-75. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2016.08.008 
  18. Nerantzi, C (2017). Towards a framework for cross-boundary collaborative open learning for cross-institutional.New (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1025583
  19. Salaz, A., Johnston, N., & Pickles, C. (2018). Faculty members who teach online: A phenomenographic typology of open access experiences. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 44, 125-132.
  20. Stordy, P. H. (2015). Taxonomy of literacies. Journal of Documentation, 71(3), 456-476. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JD-10-2013-0128
  21. Wilson, C. & Jolls, T. (2015). Media and information literacy education: Fundamentals for global teaching and learning. In J. Singh, A. Grizzle, S. Yee, & S. Culver (Eds.), Media and information literacy for the sustainable development goals(pp. 59-66). UNESCO. Retrieved from https://milunesco.unaoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/milid_yearbook_20151.pdf
  22. Understanding media literacy inside Plato’s cave. (n.d.). Athabasca University. Retrieved from http://www.athabascau.ca/courses/cmns/medialit/intro.html
  23. UNESCO. (2017, September 8). Media and information literacy, a critical approach to literacy in the digital world. Retrieved from http://uis.unesco.org/en/blog/global-framework-measure-digital-literacy
  24. Vasquez, V., Harste, J., & Albers, P. (2010). From the personal to the worldwide web: Moving teachers into positions of critical interrogation. In E. Baker, (Ed.), The new literacies: Multiple perspectives on research and practice (265-284). New York, New York: The Guilford Press.