Qualifications: Master of Education, University of Waikato Postgrad Dip in Language and Literacy Education, University of Waikato Diploma of Teaching, NZ Department of Education Bachelor of Education, University of Waikato
I lecture in literacy education courses within the Bachelor of Teaching (primary) and Masters of Education programmes.
Current research interests include participation in a collaborative project with educators from Australia and Fiji investigating the use of locally created information texts in both vernacular and English in Fijian classrooms. This research, funded by the International Literacy Association, stems from the Information Text Awareness Project facilitated with a group of local teachers in Nadi, Fiji. Other research areas include literacy and e-learning, in particular the ways in which digital technologies are used to support literacy development in primary classrooms.
My Ph.D project involves investigation into how beginning teachers theorise/explain their teaching of literacy throughout their first year in NZ primary classrooms.
I co-ordinate the Bachelor of Teaching Mixed Media Presentation programme (MMP).
Professional affiliations: - Member of the Waikato Literacy Association - Past President of the New Zealand Literacy Association (formerly NZRA) 2008-2012 - Member of the Editorial board for the NZLA journal, Literacy Forum NZ. - Member of the International Development in Oceania Committee (IDOC), involved in the promotion of professional development in literacy throughout the Pacific region. - Chair of IDOC 2012-2015. - Currently a member of the International Literacy Association's Board of Directors (2018-2021).
Examples of recently supervised Masters dissertations - Using quadblogging to engage Year three students in writing. - Using graphic novels to engage reluctant readers. - Motivating Year one students to write: using the teacher as writer strategy.
Carss, W. D., Tamata, A., & Exley, B. (2015). Catering for cultural and linguistic diversity: using teacher created information texts. Literacy Forum NZ, 30(3), 5-18.
Carss, W. D., Tamata, A., & Exley, B. (2015). Catering for cultural and linguistic diversity: using teacher created information texts. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, 23(2), 29-39. Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/10265
Exley, B., Carss, W. D., & Tamata, A. (2015). Teachers-as-writers: Writing information texts in English and vernacular. In J. Turnbill, G. Barton, & C. Brock (Eds.), Teaching Writing in Today's Classrooms, Looking Back to Look Forward (pp. 168-180). Norwood, South Australia: Australian Literacy Educator's Association Ltd.
Dymock, S. J. H., Carss, W., & Blakeney-Williams, M. (2014). Critiquing iPad and tablet apps for the effective teaching of reading. Literary Forum NZ, 29(1), 37-43.