I am a professor of literacy in education, Unit of Assessment co-ordinator for REF2014, and research lead for the Department of Teacher Education. I specialise in research into digital literacy and I am particularly interested in the inter-relations between children and young people, new technology and literacy.
I am research convenor for the United Kingdom Literacy Association and a member of the association's Executive Committee and National Council. I have been a core-group member of number of Economic and Social Research Council-funded seminar series and recently co-directed 'Children and Young People's Digital Literacies in Virtual Online Spaces'.
I am a founding editor of the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, and a member of the editorial board of Literacy. I am also active in literacy education and professional work, including writing curriculum materials and professional publications.
Department of Teacher Education
Development and Society
I teach on masters programmes in education and technology, and the EdD. I also supervise a number of PhD students.
PARRY, Becky, BURNETT, Cathy and MERCHANT, Guy, eds. (2016). Literacy, media, technology: past, present and future. London, Bloomsbury Academic.
BAILEY, Chris J, BURNETT, Cathy and MERCHANT, Guy (2016). Assembling literacies in virtual play. In: MILLS, Kathy, STORNAIUOLIO, Amy, SMITH, Anna and ZACHER PANDYA, Jessica, (eds.) Handbook of Writing, Literacies and Education in Digital Cultures. London, Routledge. (In Press)
BARLEY, Ruth and MERCHANT, Guy (2016). ‘The naughty person’: exploring dynamic aspects of identity and children’s discourses before and during the Libyan Uprising. Childhood, 23 (4), 477-491.
BURNETT, Cathy and MERCHANT, Guy (2016). Boxes of poison: baroque technique as antidote to simple views of literacy. Journal of Literacy Research. (In Press)
MERCHANT, Guy (2015). Virtual worlds and online videogames for children and young people : promises and challenges. In: GUZZETTI, Barbara and MILLINEE, Lesley, (eds.) The handbook of research on the societal impact of social media. Advances in media, entertainment and the arts . Hersey, PA, IGI Global, 291-316.
MERCHANT, Guy (2015). Apps, adults and young children: researching digital literacy practices in context. In: JONES, Rodney H., CHIK, Alice and HAFNER, Christoph A., (eds.) Discourse and digital practices: doing discourse analysis in the digital age’. Abingdon, Routledge, 144-157.
MERCHANT, Guy (2015). Keep taking the tablets : iPads, story apps and early literacy. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 38 (1), 3-11.
BURNETT, Cathy, DAVIES, Julia, MERCHANT, Guy and ROWSELL, Jennifer (2014). Changing contexts for the 21st century literacies. In: BURNETT, Cathy, DAVIES, Julia, MERCHANT, Guy and ROWSELL, Jennifer, (eds.) New literacies around the Globe : policy and pedagogy. Routledge Research in Literacy, 5 . New York, Routledge, 1-13.
BURNETT, Cathy and BAILEY, Christopher (2014). Conceptualizing collaborations in hybrid sites : playing Minecraft together and apart in a primary classroom. In: BURNETT, Cathy, DAVIES, Julia, MERCHANT, Guy and ROWSELL, Jennifer, (eds.) New literacies around the Globe : policy and pedagogy. Routledge Research in Literacy, 5 . New York, Routledge, 50-71.
BURNETT, Cathy, DAVIES, Julia, MERCHANT, Guy and ROWSELL, Jennifer, eds. (2014). New literacies around the Globe : policy and pedagogy. Routledge Research in Literacy, 5 . New York, Routledge.
BURNETT, Cathy, DAVIES, Julia, MERCHANT, Guy and ROWSELL, Jennifer (2014). New meaning-making practices : a charter for literacy education. In: BURNETT, Cathy, DAVIES, Julia, MERCHANT, Guy and ROWSELL, Jennifer, (eds.) New literacies around the Globe : policy and pedagogy. Routledge Research in Literacy, 5 . New York, Routledge, 154-166.
BURNETT, Cathy and MERCHANT, Guy (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.
BURNETT, Cathy, MERCHANT, Guy, PAHL, Kate and ROWSELL, Jennifer (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.
GILLEN, Julia and MERCHANT, Guy (2013). Contact calls: Twitter as a dialogic social and linguistic practice. Language Sciences, 35, 47-58.
BURNETT, Cathy and MERCHANT, Guy (2013). Learning, literacies and new technologies : the current context and future possibilities. In: LARSON, Joanne and MARSH, Jackie, (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy. 2nd ed. Sage handbooks . London, SAGE, 575-587.
MERCHANT, Guy, GILLEN, Julia, MARSH, Jackie and DAVIES, Julia, eds. (2012). Virtual literacies: interactive spaces for children and young people. Routledge Research in Education, 84 . London, Routledge.
MERCHANT, Guy (2012). Mobile practices in everyday life: popular digital technologies and schooling revisited. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43 (5), 770-782.
MERCHANT, Guy (2012). Unravelling the social network: theory and research. Learning, Media and Technology, 37 (1), 4-19.
BURNETT, Catherine and MERCHANT, Guy (2011). Is there a space for critical literacy in the context of social media? English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 10 (1), 41-57.
DOWSON, P and MERCHANT, Guy (2011). Scholastic writing guides: Adventure stories 7-9 years. Leamingston Spa, Scholastic.
MERCHANT, G. H. (2010). 3D virtual worlds as environments for literacy learning. Educational research, 52 (2), 135-150.
DAVIES, J and MERCHANT, Guy (2010). Negotiating the Blogosphere: narratives of the self onscreen. In: CARRINGTON, Victoria and ROBINSON, Muriel, (eds.) Digital literacies : social learning and classroom practices. London, Sage.
MERCHANT, Guy (2010). Scholastic writing guides: Sci-fi stories 7-9 years. Leamingston Spa, Scholastic.
MERCHANT, Guy (2010). Visual networks: learning through Photosharing. In: KNOBEL, M. and LANKSHEAR, C., (eds.) DIY media: digital literacies and learning through popular cultural production. New literacies and digital epistemologies (44). New York, Peter Lang.
MERCHANT, Guy (2009). Learning for the future: emerging technologies and social participation. In: HIN, Leo Tan Wee and SUBRAMANIAM, R. (Ramanathan), (eds.) Handbook of research on literacy in technology at the K-12 level. Hershey, Pa., Idea Group Reference.
DAVIES, Julia and MERCHANT, Guy (2009). Web 2.0 for schools : learning and social participation. New York ; Oxford, Peter Lang.
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.
DAVIES, J. and MERCHANT, G. H. (2007). Looking from the inside out: academic blogging as new literacy. In: LANKSHEAR, C. and KNOBEL, M., (eds.) A new literacies sampler. New York, Peter Lang, 167-197.
MERCHANT, Guy (2007). Digital writing in the early years. In: COIRO, Julie, KNOBEL, Michele, LANKSHEAR, Colin and LEU, Donald J., (eds.) Handbook of research on new literacies. New York, Laurence Erlbaum, 751-774.
BURNETT, Catherine, MERCHANT, Guy and MYERS, Julia (2007). English and ICT. In: CREMIN, T. and DOMBEY, H., (eds.) The handbook of primary English initial teacher education. Leicester/Sheffield, United Kingdom Literacy Association/National Association for the Teaching of English, 81-101.
MERCHANT, Guy (2007). Mind the Gap(s): discourses and discontinuity in digital literacies. E-Learning, 4 (3), p. 241.
BURNETT, C., DICKINSON, P., MYERS, J. and MERCHANT, G. H. (2006). Digital connections transforming literacy in the primary school. Cambridge journal of education, 36 (1), 11-29.
MERCHANT, Guy, DICKINSON, Paul, BURNETT, Catherine and MYERS, Julia (2006). Do you like dogs or writing? Identity performance in childen's digital message exchange. English in Education, 40 (3), 21-38.
MERCHANT, Guy (2006). Identity, Social Networks and Online Communication. E-Learning, 3 (2), p. 235.
MERCHANT, Guy (2006). A sign of the times: looking critically at digital writing. In: MARSH, Jackie and MILLARD, Elaine, (eds.) Popular literacies, childhood and schooling. London, Routledge, 93-108.
MERCHANT, G. H. (2005). Electric involvement: identity performance in children's informal digital writing. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, 26 (3), 301-314.
MERCHANT, Guy (2005). Electric Involvement: Identity performance in children's informal digital writing. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 26 (3), 301-314.
MERCHANT, Guy (2005). The dagger of doom and the magic handbag: writing on-screen. In: EVANS, Janet, (ed.) Literacy moves on : popular culture, new technologies, and critical literacy in the elementary classroom. London, David Fulton, 59-75.
MERCHANT, Guy (2004). Barbie meets Bob the Builder at the Workstation: young children and digital writing. In: MARSH, Jackie, (ed.) Popular culture, new media and digital literacy in early childhood. Abingdon, RoutledgeFalmer, 183-200.
MERCHANT, Guy (2004). Imagine All that Stuff Really Happening: narrative and identity in children's on-screen writing. E-Learning, 1 (3), p. 341.
MERCHANT, Guy (2004). May the force be with you: e-mail and sci-fi writing at Key Stage 2. Primary English, 9 (4).
MERCHANT, Guy (2004). What's your a/s/l? Electronic communication and synchronous chat. In: MONTEITH, Moira, (ed.) Teaching secondary school literacies with ICT. Buckingham, Open University, 133-149.
MERCHANT, Guy (2003). E-mail me your thoughts: digital communication and narrative writing. Literacy (formerly Reading), 37 (3), 104-110.
BURNETT, Catherine, DICKINSON, Paul, MCDONAGH, Jim, MERCHANT, Guy, MYERS, Julia and WILKINSON, Jeff (2003). From Recreation to Reflection: Digital conversations in Educational Contexts. L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature, 3 (1/2), 149-167.
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.
MERCHANT, Guy, THOMAS, Huw and COOPER, Kath, eds. (1999). Picture books for the literacy hour : activities for primary teachers. London, David Fulton.
MERCHANT, Guy and MARSH, Jackie (1998). Co-ordinating primary language and literacy : the subject leader's handbook. London, Chapman.
MERCHANT, Guy and MONTEITH, Moira (1997). Laptop as Messenger: an Exploration of the Role of Portables in Home-School Liaison. Literacy (formerly Reading), 31 (2), 23-26.
POULSON, Louise and MERCHANT, Guy (1991). National Curriculum Training and Teachers' Professional Development. British Journal of In-Service Education, 17 (1), 13-18.
- evaluation of EEF projects (2012-2013)
- evaluation of the Bookstart programme (2012-2013)
- JISC : Digital Futures in Teacher Education (2011–2012)
'Social media in higher education'
'The writing of Thai-English bilinguals'
'Students’ academic literacies'
'Student-produced digital artifacts'
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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