Welcome to Booktoss a blog where the serious business of reading in schools meets the absurd notion that research based literacy practices don’t have to suck the life out of literature.

I am currently a lecturer in Boston University School of Education. I earned my PhD from Michigan State University in Educational Psychology and Education Technology with a language and literacy option.

My research focuses on the influence of motivational factors, including intrinsic interest and aesthetic responses, on reading comprehension in adolescents. My dissertation, Out of the Box: Expert Readers Allocating Time and Attention In Graphic Novels, a qualitative multiple case study focused on the ways expert readers utilize metacognitive reading strategies, including allocating time and attention, to mediate the verbal and visual sign systems at work in graphic novels.

Currently, I teach master’s level courses in research methods, as well as children’s and young adult literature.

Please feel free to contact me with any all all questions about graphic novels in education.

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