Dr Wendy D Carss

Wendy Carss

Senior lecturer


Education Research; Literacy Learning

Literacy Education, Oral language, Multiliteracies, Digital literacy, Initial teacher education, Beginning teachers.

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

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Papers Taught

About Wendy

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. 

Research Supervised

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.

Research Interests

- Currently working with educators in Kiribati to develop picture books for preschoolers (UNICEF project).
- Classroom literacy practices: play-based pedagogies and literacy learning.
- 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.

Recent Publications

  • 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.

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