Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy, University of Waikato: 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 papers within the Bachelor of Teaching (primary) and Masters of Education programmes.
Currently Programme Leader for the Bachelor of Teaching.
Professional affiliations: - Elected member of the International Literacy Association's Board of Directors (2018-2021). - 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. - Past member of the International Development in Oceania Committee (IDOC), involved in the promotion of professional development in literacy throughout the Pacific region. - Past chair of IDOC 2012-2015. -
Examples of recently supervised Masters dissertations and directed studies - 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.
- Currently working with educators in Kiribati to develop picture books for preschoolers (UNICEF project). - Classroom literacy practices - Ph.D research: Investigation into the beliefs and practices of first-year teachers of literacy in New Zealand primary classrooms - The use of digital technologies to support literacy development in primary classrooms.
Hollier, C., & Carss, W. (2019). The teacher as a writer. Literacy Forum NZ, 34(2), 23-35.
Carss, W. (2019). Exploring the beliefs and practices of first year teachers of literacy in New Zealand primary schools. (PhD Thesis, Univerity of Waikato, Hillcrest Rd, Hamilton, New Zealand).
Carss, W. (2019). Student support in online teacher education. In M. A. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Teacher Education (pp. 1-6). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_61-1
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.