As a teacher-researcher (post-doc) in the School of Education at Iowa State University, I work on the intersections of literacies, media, and science. I am passionate about what it means to be literate in a world submerged in media and technology, and how do disciplines, like science and humanities, complement each other. My research interests revolve around questions that often fall under the realms of multiliteracies, new literacies, media literacy, scientific literacy, trans-disciplinary thinking, creativity, and so on.
Being an immigrant researcher of color from a transdisciplinary background in engineering, science, and cinema, I bring with me three lenses that influence my worldview: postcolonial theory, transdisciplinary thinking, and multiliteracies.
Irrespective of what questions I am working on, I acknowledge multiple ways of being, knowing, and doing, and the role of multiple modes of meaning-making and representation in our learning environments. This, of course, comes with several implications for instruction, assessment, student engagement, acknowledgment of students’ out-of-school literacies, acknowledgment of students’ multimodal literacies, and so on. Above all, acknowledging multiple ways of making and representing meaning opens doors for multiple, more inclusive, and just ways to understanding what it means to be literate.
Here is a quick peek into what I am working on these days:
LITERACIES AND TECHNOLOGY
- the process of meaning-making and intertextuality in multimodal environments
- the meaning of being literate in ways that are inclusive
- understanding a culture of multiliteracies in- and out-side schools
- the role of technology and new media in defining what it means to be literate
SCIENCE EDUCATION AND LITERACY
- the role of aesthetics in science
- understanding the significance of scientific literacy in non-science disciplines
- how science and humanities complement one-another
- the role of creativity and cross-disciplinary connections in science and mathematics
- creative avocations of professionals
Featured image credits:
1. Losing my Religion by Ric Gendron
2. Cosmic Birth by Steve Allred
3. A Wrinkle in Time by Hope