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Professor Guy Merchant CertEd, BEd Hons, MA, PhD

Professor of Literacy in Education


Summary

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 Arts

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

Publications

Key Publications

Parry, B., Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (Eds.). (2016). Literacy, media, technology: past, present and future. London: Bloomsbury Academic. http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/literacy-media-technology-9781474257992/

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Simpson, A., & Walsh, M. (Eds.). (2017). The case of the iPad: Mobile literacies in education. Singapore: Springer. http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9789811043635

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Simpson, A., & Walsh, M. (Eds.). (2017). The case of the iPad: Mobile literacies in education. Singapore: Springer. http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9789811043635

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2018). New Media in the Classroom Rethinking Primary Literacy. SAGE Publications Limited.

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2020). Undoing the Digital Sociomaterialism and Literacy Education. Routledge.

Journal articles

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., & Guest, I. (2021). What matters to teachers about literacy teaching: exploring teachers’ everyday/everynight worlds through creative data visualization. Teaching and Teacher Education, 107, 103480. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2021.103480

Bulman, J., Burnett, C., Merchant, G., & Rogers, E. (2021). Remembering Professional Commitments: Trusting in Teachers. Language and Literacy, 23 (2), 3-15. http://doi.org/10.20360/langandlit29550

Neumann, M., & Merchant, G. (2021). “That’s a Big Bad Wolf!”: Learning through teacher-child talk during shared reading of a story book app. Early Childhood Education Journal. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-021-01171-8

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., & Guest, I. (2020). Postcards from literacy classrooms: possibilities for teacher-generated data visualisation. Education 3-13. International journal of primary, elementary and early years education. http://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2020.1840605

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., & Guest, I. (2020). Destabilising data: The use of creative data visualisation to generate professional dialogue. British Educational Research Journal. http://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3688

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2020). Returning to Text: Affect, meaning making and literacies. Reading Research Quarterly. http://doi.org/10.1002/rrq.303

Merchant, G. (2020). Reading with technology: the new normal. Education 3-13, 1-11. http://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2020.1824705

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., & Neumann, M. (2019). Closing the gap? Overcoming limitations in sociomaterial accounts of early literacy. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. http://doi.org/10.1177/1468798419896067

Burnett, C., Parry, B., Merchant, G., & Storey, V. (2019). Treading softly in the enchanted forest: exploring the integration of iPads in a participatory theatre education programme. Pedagogies: An Iternational Journal. http://doi.org/10.1080/1554480X.2019.1696199

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2019). Revisiting critical literacy in the digital age. The Reading teacher, 73 (3), 263-266. http://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.1858

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., & Neumann, M. (2019). The appearance of literacy in new communicative practices: interrogating the politics of noticing. Cambridge Journal of Education. http://doi.org/10.1080/0305764X.2019.1654978

Merchant, G. (2019). Schooling the smartphone. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 21, 194-195. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2019.03.010

Neumann, M.M., Merchant, G., & Burnett, C. (2018). Young children and tablets: the views of parents and teachers. Early Child Development and Care, 1-12. http://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2018.1550083

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Parry, B., & Storey, V. (2018). Conceptualising digital technology integration in participatory theatre from a sociomaterialist perspective: ways forward for research. Research Papers in Education. http://doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2018.1524927

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2018). Affective encounters: enchantment and the possibility of reading for pleasure. Literacy, 52 (2), 62-69. http://doi.org/10.1111/lit.12144

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2018). Literacy-as-event: accounting for relationality in literacy research. Discourse, 1-12. http://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2018.1460318

Abrams, S.S., Rowsell, J., & Merchant, G. (2017). Virtual convergence: Exploring culture and meaning in playscapes. Teachers College Record, 119 (12). http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=22162

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2017). Opening the case of the IPad : what matters and where next? The Reading Teacher, 71 (2), 239-242. http://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.1606

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2016). Boxes of poison: baroque technique as antidote to simple views of literacy. Journal of Literacy Research, 48 (3), 258-279. http://doi.org/10.1177/1086296x16668625

Barley, R., & Merchant, G. (2015). ‘The naughty person’: exploring dynamic aspects of identity and children’s discourses before and during the Libyan Uprising. Childhood, 23 (4), 477-491. http://doi.org/10.1177/0907568215609105

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2015). The challenge of 21st Century literacies. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 59 (3), 271-274. http://doi.org/10.1002/jaal.482

Merchant, G. (2015). Keep taking the tablets : iPads, story apps and early literacy. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 38 (1), 3-11. http://www.alea.edu.au/resources/australian-journal-of-language-and-literacy-ajll

Merchant, G. (2015). Keep taking the tablets: iPads, story apps and early literacy. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 2015 (FEB).

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Pahl, K., & Rowsell, J. (2014). The (im)materiality of literacy : the significance of subjectivity to new literacies research. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 35 (1), 90-103. http://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2012.739469

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2014). Points of view : reconceptualising literacies through an exploration of adult and child interactions in a virtual world. Journal Of Research In Reading, 37 (1), 36-50. http://doi.org/10.1111/jrir.12006

Taylor, R., Burnett, C., Monkhouse, J., & Merchant, G. (2014). Zombie Apocalypse: Problem solving in a virtual world. Reading 3-11.

Gruszczynska, A., Merchant, G., & Pountney, R. (2013). "Digital futures in teacher education": Exploring open approaches towards digital literacy. Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 11 (3), 193-206.

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Daniels, K., Taylor, R., Bailey, C., & Monkhouse, J. (2013). Zombe Apocalypse: Children's problem-solving in a virtual world. English 4-11, (48), 7-10.

Merchant, G. (2013). The Trashmaster: Literacy and new media. Language and Education, 27 (2), 144-160. http://doi.org/10.1080/09500782.2012.760586

Gillen, J., & Merchant, G. (2013). Contact calls: Twitter as a dialogic social and linguistic practice. Language Sciences, 35, 47-58. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2012.04.015

Merchant, G. (2012). Unravelling the social network: theory and research. Learning, Media and Technology, 37 (1), 4-19. http://doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2011.567992

Merchant, G. (2012). Mobile practices in everyday life: popular digital technologies and schooling revisited. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43 (5), 770-782. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2012.01352.x

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2011). Is there a space for critical literacy in the context of social media? English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 10 (1), 41-57. http://education.waikato.ac.nz/research/files/etpc/files/2011v10n1art3.pdf

Carrington, V., Merchant, G., & Vasquez, V. (2010). Editorial. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 10 (3), 243-246. http://doi.org/10.1177/1468798410372153

Merchant, G.H. (2010). 3D virtual worlds as environments for literacy learning. Educational research, 52 (2), 135-150. http://doi.org/10.1080/00131881.2010.482739

Gillen, J., Marsh, J., McNaughton, S., Merchant, G., & Wells-Rowe, D. (2010). Editorial. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 10 (1), 3-5. http://doi.org/10.1177/1468798409358048

Merchant, G., & Carrington, V. (2009). Literacy and identity. Literacy (formerly Reading), 43 (2), 63-64. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-4369.2009.00524.x

Merchant, G. (2009). Literacy in virtual worlds. Journal of research in reading (special issue: New developments in literacy and technology), 32 (1), 38-56. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9817.2008.01380.x

Merchant, G.H. (2009). Web 2.0, new literacies, and the idea of learning through participation. English teaching: practice and critique, 8 (3), 8-20. http://edlinked.soe.waikato.ac.nz/research/journal/index.php?id=1

Merchant, G. (2009). Web 2.0, new literacies, and the idea of learning through participation. English Teaching, 8 (3), 107-122.

Merchant, G. (2008). Log-on to an abandoned world. English, four to eleven, 33. http://www.le.ac.uk/engassoc/publications/411.html

Marsh, J., & Merchant, G. (2008). Journal of Early Childhood Literacy: Editorial. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 8 (1), 5-6. http://doi.org/10.1177/1468798407087412

Merchant, G. (2007). Writing the future in the digital age. Literacy, 41 (3), 118-128. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9345.2007.00469.x

Merchant, G. (2007). Mind the Gap(s): discourses and discontinuity in digital literacies. E-Learning, 4 (3), 241. http://doi.org/10.2304/elea.2007.4.3.241

Merchant, G., Dickinson, P., Burnett, C., & Myers, J. (2006). Do you like dogs or writing? Identity performance in childen's digital message exchange. English in Education, 40 (3), 21-38. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1754-8845.2006.tb00798.x

Merchant, G. (2006). Identity, Social Networks and Online Communication. E-Learning, 3 (2), 235. http://doi.org/10.2304/elea.2006.3.2.235

Burnett, C., Dickinson, P., Myers, J., & Merchant, G.H. (2006). Digital connections transforming literacy in the primary school. Cambridge journal of education, 36 (1), 11-29. http://doi.org/10.1080/03057640500491120

Merchant, G. (2005). Electric involvement: identity performance in children's informal digital writing. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 26 (3), 301-314. http://doi.org/10.1080/01596300500199940

Merchant, G.H. (2005). Digikids: cool dudes and the new writing. E-learning, 2 (1), 50-60. http://doi.org/10.2304/elea.2005.2.1.50

Merchant, G. (2004). Imagine All that Stuff Really Happening: narrative and identity in children's on-screen writing. E-Learning, 1 (3), 341. http://doi.org/10.2304/elea.2004.1.3.2

Merchant, G. (2004). May the force be with you: e-mail and sci-fi writing at Key Stage 2. Primary English, 9 (4).

Merchant, G., Burnett, C., & Keating, C. (2004). Shooting the story. Primary English, 9 (5), 20-24.

Burnett, C., Dickinson, P., Merchant, G., & Myers, J. (2004). Digikids. Primary English Magazine, 9 (4), 16-20.

Burnett, C., Dickinson, P., Mcdonagh, J., Merchant, G., Myers, J., & Wilkinson, J. (2003). From Recreation to Reflection: Digital conversations in Educational Contexts. L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature, 3 (1/2), 149-167. http://doi.org/10.1023/A:1024540306179

Merchant, G. (2003). E-mail me your thoughts: digital communication and narrative writing. Literacy (formerly Reading), 37 (3), 104-110. http://doi.org/10.1046/j.0034-0472.2003.03703003.x

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2003). Y6 pupils have a weird experience. Primary English Magazine, 8 (4), 29-32.

Burnett, C., Dickinson, P., Mcdonagh, J., Merchant, G., Myers, J., & Wilkinson, J. (2003). From recreation to reflection: Digital conversations in educational contexts. L1 Educational Studies in Language and Literature, 3 (1-2), 149-167. http://doi.org/10.1023/a:1024540306179

Browne, A., Dyson, A.H., Hall, N., Marsh, J., & Merchant, G. (2003). Editorial. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 3 (3), 219-222. http://doi.org/10.1177/1468798403033001

Merchant, G.H. (2001). Teenagers in cyberspace: an investigation of language use and language change in internet chatrooms. Journal of research in reading, 24 (3), 293-306. http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9817.00150

Browne, A., Dyson, A.H., Hall, N., Marsh, J., & Merchant, G. (2001). Editorial. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 1 (1), 5-7. http://doi.org/10.1177/14687984010011001

Merchant, G., & Monteith, M. (1997). Laptop as Messenger: an Exploration of the Role of Portables in Home-School Liaison. Literacy (formerly Reading), 31 (2), 23-26. http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9345.00048

Poulson, L., & Merchant, G. (1993). National curriculum training and teachers’ professional development. British Journal of In-Service Education, 19 (2), 13-18. http://doi.org/10.1080/0305763930190207

Poulson, L., & Merchant, G. (1991). National Curriculum Training and Teachers' Professional Development. British Journal of In-Service Education, 17 (1), 13-18. http://doi.org/10.1080/0305763910170104

Poulson, L., & Merchant, G. (1991). National curriculum training and teachers’ professional development. British Journal of In-Service Education, 17 (1), 13-18. http://doi.org/10.1080/0305763910170104

Merchant, G., & Partington, J. (1987). Work in progress: Linguistic diversity in the primary school. Language and Education, 1 (1), 72. http://doi.org/10.1080/09500788709541208

Book chapters

Merchant, G., & Devender-Kraft, D. (2019). On being thrown together: Living and learning in diversity. In Affect, Embodiment, and Place in Critical Literacy: Assembling Theory and Practice. (pp. 115-125).

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2019). Stacking stories as method: research in early years settings. In Kucirkova, N., Rowsell, J., & Falloon, G. (Eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Learning with Technology in Early Childhood. (pp. 143-154). Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-International-Handbook-of-Learning-with-Technology-in-Early/Kucirkova-Rowsell-Falloon/p/book/9781138308169

Merchant, G. (2017). New mobile literacies. In Global Conversations in Literacy Research: Digital and Critical Literacies. (pp. 97-107). http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315182360

Daniels, K. (2017). Children's engagement with iPads in early years classrooms: Exploring peer cultures and transforming practices. In Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Simpson, A., & Walsh, M. (Eds.) The case of the iPad mobile literacies in education. (pp. 195-210). Singapore: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4364-2

Bailey, C.J., Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2017). Assembling literacies in virtual play. In Mills, K., Stornaiuolio, A., Smith, A., & Zacher Pandya, J. (Eds.) Handbook of Writing, Literacies and Education in Digital Cultures. London: Routledge

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2017). The case of the iPad. In Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Simpson, A., & Walsh, M. (Eds.) The case of the iPad: Mobile literacies in education. (pp. 1-14). Singapore: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4364-2_1

Merchant, G. (2017). Hands, fingers and iPads. In Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Simpson, A., & Walsh, M. (Eds.) The case of the iPad: Mobile literacies in education. (pp. 245-256). Singapore: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4364-2_15

Caine, J., Davies, J., & Williams, B.T. (2017). Game 2 Engage: Using iPads to Mediate and Develop Social Relationships in College Learning. In Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Simpson, A., & Walsh, M. (Eds.) The Case of the iPad : Mobile Literacies in Education. (pp. 143-158). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4364-2_9

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2016). Assembling virtual play in the classroom. In Literacy, media, technology: past, present and future. Bloomsbury Academic: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/literacy-media-technology-9781474257992/

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., & Parry, B. (2016). Past, present, future. In Literacy, media, technology: past, present and future. Bloomsbury Academic: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/literacy-media-technology-9781474257992/

Merchant, G. (2015). Virtual worlds and online videogames for children and young people: promises and challenges. In Guzetti, B., & Lesley, M. (Eds.) Handbook of research on the societal impact of social media. (pp. 291-316). Hershey, PA: IGI Global: http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-8310-5.ch012

Merchant, G. (2015). Virtual worlds and online videogames for children and young people : promises and challenges. In Guzzetti, B., & Millinee, L. (Eds.) The handbook of research on the societal impact of social media. (pp. 291-316). Hersey, PA: IGI Global

Merchant, G. (2015). Apps, adults and young children: researching digital literacy practices in context. In Jones, R.H., Chik, A., & Hafner, C.A. (Eds.) Discourse and digital practices: doing discourse analysis in the digital age’. (pp. 144-157). Abingdon: Routledge

Burnett, C., & Bailey, C.J. (2014). Conceptualizing collaborations in hybrid sites : playing Minecraft together and apart in a primary classroom. In Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (Eds.) New literacies around the Globe : policy and pedagogy. (pp. 50-71). New York: Routledge

Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (2014). New meaning-making practices : a charter for literacy education. In Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (Eds.) New literacies around the Globe : policy and pedagogy. (pp. 154-166). New York: Routledge

Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (2014). New meaning-making practices : a charter for literacy education. In Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (Eds.) New literacies around the Globe : policy and pedagogy. (pp. 154-166). New York: Routledge

Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (2014). Changing contexts for the 21st century literacies. In Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (Eds.) New literacies around the Globe : policy and pedagogy. (pp. 1-13). New York: Routledge

Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (2014). Changing contexts for the 21st century literacies. In Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (Eds.) New literacies around the Globe : policy and pedagogy. (pp. 1-13). New York: Routledge

Merchant, G. (2014). Moving with the times: How mobile digital literacies are changing childhood. In Landscapes of Specific Literacies in Contemporary Society: Exploring a Social Model of Literacy. (pp. 103-116). http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315815381

Merchant, G. (2014). Linguistic diversity and language awareness: The views of primary school teachers. In Language Awareness in the Classroom. (pp. 51-61).

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2013). Learning, literacies and new technologies : the current context and future possibilities. In Larson, J., & Marsh, J. (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy. 2nd ed. (pp. 575-587). London: SAGE

Abrams, S.S., & Merchant, G. (2013). The Digital Challenge. In International Handbook of Research on Children's Literacy, Learning, and Culture. (pp. 319-332). http://doi.org/10.1002/9781118323342.ch23

Merchant, G. (2012). The image you choose is the Avatar you use: Re-thinking gender in new literacies. In Adolescent Literacies and The Gendered Self: (Re)constructing Identities Through Multimodal Literacy Practices. (pp. 43-52). http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203085585

(2012). Virtual literacies: interactive spaces for children and young people. London: Routledge

(2012). Virtual literacies: interactive spaces for children and young people. London: Routledge

Merchant, G. (2012). Critical media literacy. In Chappelle, C.A. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of applied linguistics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: http://www.encyclopediaofappliedlinguistics.com/public/

Merchant, G. (2012). The dagger of doom and the mighty handbag: Exploring identity in children’s on-screen writing. In Literacy Moves On: Using Popular Culture, New Technologies and Critical Literacy in the Primary Classroom. (pp. 59-75). http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203963272-14

Merchant, G. (2010). Virtual worlds in real life classrooms. In Carrington, V., & Robinson, M. (Eds.) Digital literacies : social learning and classroom practices. London: Sage

Merchant, G. (2010). Social media and primary school children. In Bazalgette, C. (Ed.) Teaching media in primary schools. London: Sage

Merchant, G.H. (2010). View my profile(s). In Alvermann, D. (Ed.) Adolescents' online literacies. (pp. 51-70). New York: Peter Lang

Merchant, G. (2010). Visual networks: learning through Photosharing. In Knobel, M., & Lankshear, C. (Eds.) DIY media: digital literacies and learning through popular cultural production. New York: Peter Lang

Davies, J., & Merchant, G. (2010). Negotiating the Blogosphere: narratives of the self onscreen. In Carrington, V., & Robinson, M. (Eds.) Digital literacies : social learning and classroom practices. London: Sage

Merchant, G. (2009). Learning for the future: emerging technologies and social participation. In Hin, L.T.W., & Subramaniam, R.R. (Eds.) Handbook of research on literacy in technology at the K-12 level. Hershey, Pa: Idea Group Reference

Davies, J., & Merchant, G. (2009). Negotiating the blogosphere: Educational possibilities. In Digital Literacies: Social Learning and Classroom Practices. (pp. 81-94). http://doi.org/10.4135/9781446288238.n6

Merchant, G. (2008). Early reading development. In Marsh, J., & Hallet, E. (Eds.) Desirable literacies (2nd ed.). London: Paul Chapman/Sage

Merchant, G. (2008). Digikids, cool dudes and the new writing. In Mackey, M. (Ed.) Media literacies : major themes in education. (pp. 245-261). London: Routledge

Merchant, G. (2007). Digital writing in the early years. In Coiro, J., Knobel, M., Lankshear, C., & Leu, D.J. (Eds.) Handbook of research on new literacies. (pp. 751-774). New York: Laurence Erlbaum

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., & Myers, J. (2007). English and ICT. In Cremin, T., & Dombey, H. (Eds.) The handbook of primary English initial teacher education. (pp. 81-101). Leicester/Sheffield: United Kingdom Literacy Association/National Association for the Teaching of English

Merchant, G. (2006). A sign of the times: looking critically at digital writing. In Marsh, J., & Millard, E. (Eds.) Popular literacies, childhood and schooling. (pp. 93-108). London: Routledge

Merchant, G. (2005). The dagger of doom and the magic handbag: writing on-screen. In Evans, J. (Ed.) Literacy moves on : popular culture, new technologies, and critical literacy in the elementary classroom. (pp. 59-75). London: David Fulton

Merchant, G. (2004). What's your a/s/l? Electronic communication and synchronous chat. In Monteith, M. (Ed.) Teaching secondary school literacies with ICT. (pp. 133-149). Buckingham: Open University

Merchant, G. (2004). Barbie meets Bob the Builder at the Workstation: young children and digital writing. In Marsh, J. (Ed.) Popular culture, new media and digital literacy in early childhood. (pp. 183-200). Abingdon: RoutledgeFalmer

Merchant, G. (2004). Barbie meets bob the builder at the workstation: Learning to write on screen. In Popular Culture, New Media and Digital Literacy in Early Childhood. (pp. 138-152). http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203420324

Merchant, G. (2001). Supporting readers. In Harrison, C., & Coles, M. (Eds.) The reading for real handbook (2nd ed.). (pp. 191-208). London: RoutledgeFarmer

Merchant, G. (1998). Primary English. In Cashdam, A., & Overall, L. (Eds.) Teaching in primary schools. London: Cassell

Merchant, G. (1991). Language awareness and linguistic diversity. In James, C., & Garrett, P. (Eds.) Language awareness in the classroom. (pp. 75-92). London: Longman

Merchant, G. (1989). Teacher training in multilingual Britain. In Geach, J., & Broadbent, J. (Eds.) Coherence in diversity. (pp. 56-83). London: Centre for Information on Language Teaching

Books

Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (Eds.). (2014). New literacies around the Globe : policy and pedagogy. New York: Routledge.

Burnett, C., Davies, J., Merchant, G., & Rowsell, J. (Eds.). (2014). New literacies around the Globe : policy and pedagogy. New York: Routledge.

Merchant, G., Davies, J., Gillen, J., & Marsh, J. (Eds.). (2013). Virtual Literacies online spaces for children and young people. Routledge.

Dowson, P., & Merchant, G. (2011). Scholastic writing guides: Adventure stories 7-9 years. Leamingston Spa: Scholastic.

Merchant, G. (2010). Scholastic writing guides: Sci-fi stories 7-9 years. Leamingston Spa: Scholastic.

Davies, J., & Merchant, G. (2009). Web 2.0 for schools : learning and social participation. New York ; Oxford: Peter Lang.

Merchant, G., & Thomas, H. (2001). Non-fiction for the literacy hour. London: David Fulton.

Merchant, G. (2000). Traditional stories. Leamingston Spa: Scholastic.

Merchant, G., Thomas, H., & Cooper, K. (Eds.). (1999). Picture books for the literacy hour : activities for primary teachers. London: David Fulton.

Merchant, G. (1999). Handa's surprise. Leamington Spa: Scholastic.

Merchant, G. (1999). The snow maze. Leamington Spa: Scholastic.

Merchant, G., & Marsh, J. (1998). Co-ordinating primary language and literacy : the subject leader's handbook. London: Chapman.

Reports

Thomas, P., Jay, T., Willis, B., Taylor, R., Merchant, G., Moore, N., ... Stevens, A. (2019). Dialogic Teaching: Addendum Report. Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Projects/Evaluation_Reports/Dialogic_Teaching_addendum_report%C2%AD_final_for_publication.pdf

Thomas, P., Jay, T., Willis, B., Taylor, R., Merchant, G., Moore, N., ... Stevens, A. (2019). Dialogic Teaching: Addendum Report. London, UK: Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Projects/Evaluation_Reports/Dialogic_Teaching_addendum_report%C2%AD_final_for_publication.pdf

Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2017). Using stacking stories to investigate children’s virtual world play in a primary classroom. Sage. http://doi.org/10.4135/9781473982260

Jay, T., Willis, B., Thomas, P., Taylor, R., Moore, N., Burnett, C., ... Stevens, A. (2017). Dialogic Teaching : Evaluation Report and Executive Summary. London, UK: Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Projects/Evaluation_Reports/Dialogic_Teaching_Evaluation_Report.pdf

Burnett, C., Merchant, G., Daniels, K., & Garrick, R. (2014). Expert Review of Booktrust Resources.

Clague, L., Merchant, G., & Levy, R. (2012). Evaluation of Booked Up. Booktrust. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275654239_Evaluation_of_Booked_Up_Booktrust

Theses / Dissertations

Laingen, G.P. (2020). Enacting affordances: an investigation of digitally mediated multimodal assessment in higher education. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Merchant, G. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00331

Formby, E. (2018). A sociological exploration of lived experiences of LGBT people in the UK. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Merchant, G. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00066

Bailey, C.J. (2017). Investigating the lived experience of an after-school Minecraft club. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Burnett, C., & Merchant, G.

Dunning, J.M. (2015). Professionalism : A study of English post-1992 university hospitality management academics. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Boylan, M., Merchant, G., & Garland, P.

Pountney, R. (2014). Trials and tribunals: consensus seeking in course design approval in Higher Education. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Merchant, G.

Barley, R. (2013). An anthropological exploration of identity and social interaction in a multi-ethnic classroom. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Merchant, G., Bath, C., & Salway, S.

Tyldesley, A. (2013). A socio-cultural approach to higher education students' experiences with academic literacies. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Merchant, G.

Cinderey, L.E. (2011). Peer mentored teams to support undergraduate group work in higher education. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Rosie, A., & Merchant, G.

Demissie, A.F. (2011). Students' perceptions of the use of seminars in teacher education. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Merchant, G.

Baroud, F. (2011). The development of e-learning in a Lebanese higher education context. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hudson, B., & Merchant, G.

Presentations

Daniels, K., Bailey, C., Merchant, G., & Burnett, C. (2018). Playful Literacies in Contemporary Places: Movement and meaning in early literacy classrooms (Symposium). Presented at: ESRC Festival of Social Science, Sheffield Hallam University

Other publications

Davies, J., & Merchant, G.H. (2007). Looking from the inside out: academic blogging as new literacy. New York: Peter Lang: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.cst.ebooks.datasheet&id=46696

Burnett, C., Myers, J., & Merchant, G. (n.d.). English and ICT. National Association for the Teaching of English: http://www.ite.org.uk/ite_topics/english_and_ICT/001.html

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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