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Guy Merchant

Professor Guy Merchant CertEd, BEd Hons, MA, PhD

Professor of Literacy in Education


I am professor of literacy in education and have an international reputation for research in digital literacy. I am interested in the inter-relations between children and young people, new technology and literacy.

  • About

    I am a founding editor of the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, and a member of the editorial board of the Literacy journal. I am active in education and professional work, including writing curriculum materials and professional publications.

    My publications include the groundbreaking Web 2.0 for Schools (2009) written with Julia Davies and New Media in the Classroom (2018) with Cathy Burnett.

  • Teaching

    Department of Teacher Education

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    I teach on masters programmes in education and technology, and the EdD. I also supervise a number of PhD students.

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    Current projects

    • evaluation of EEF projects (2012-2013)
    • evaluation of the Bookstart programme (2012-2013)
    • JISC : Digital Futures in Teacher Education (2011–2012)

  • Postgraduate supervision

    'Social media in higher education'

    'The writing of Thai-English bilinguals'

    'Students’ academic literacies'

    'Student-produced digital artifacts'

  • Media

    Guy is Professor of Literacy Education and has a particular interest is in the ways in which digital media are changing the ways in which literacy is used in everyday life. This interest has led to a number of research studies on digital literacy, focusing on the ways in which children and young people use new technology and literacy in their daily life and in educational settings. He has published studies on online chat, blogging, virtual worlds and more recently on the use of iPads in early years settings.

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