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Colin Harrison

Colin Harrison
Emeritus Professor of Literacy Studies in Education
Room C76 Dearing Jubilee Campus Wollaton Road Nottingham NG8 1BB UK
0115 951 4441
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Colin Harrison’s research focuses on two areas, literacy and technology, and particularly on the intersection between them. From 2003-6 he chaired the International Reading Association’s Literacy and Technology Committee. He was Principal Investigator on six research and evaluation projects for Becta between 2000 and 2010, including ImpaCT2, Web2.0 and Impact09. More recently he has been investigating innovations in online learning in Higher Education.




HARRISON, C. (in press) We’re closing the digital divide: now let’s work on closing the teleological divide. In SPIRO, R.J., DESCHRYVER, M., HAGERMAN, M.S., MORSINK, P.M., & THOMPSON, P. (Eds) Reading at a Crossroads? Disjunctures and Continuities in Current Conceptions and Practices. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

HARRISON, C., CASTEK, J., & DWYER, B. (in presss) Using technology to improve reading and learning: Multimodal classroom strategies for the 21st Century teacher. Huntington Beach CA: Shell Education.

DWYER, B. AND HARRISON, C., (2008) “There’s no rabbits on the Internet”: Scaffolding the development of effective search strategies for struggling readers during Internet inquiry. In: YOUB KIM. VICTORIA RISKO, DONALD COMPTON, DAVID DICKINSON, MELANIE HUNDLEY, ROBERT JIMéNEZ , KEVIN LEANDER, DEBORAH WELLS ROWE, ed. 57th Annual Yearbook of the National Reading Conference. National Reading Conference, pp. 187-202

 CROOK, C. HARRISON, C., FISHER, T., & GRABER, R.(2008) Implementing Web 2.0 in Secondary Schools: Impacts, barriers and issues (September 2008) Coventry: Becta

SHARPLES, M., CROOK, C. HARRISON, C.,  & GRABER, R. (2008)  E-safety issues in using Web 2.0 (September 2008) Coventry: Becta