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Fiona Maine

Position/Status

University Lecturer in Literacy Education

Fellow of St Edmund's College

Director of Studies for Education, Trinity College

E-mail Address

flm27@cam.ac.uk

Phone

+ 44 (0)1223 767589

Qualifications

  • PhD (Bath Spa)
  • MA (Cantab)
  • MEd (Bristol)
  • PGCE (BCHE)
  • BA Hons (Warwick)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA)
  • Cambridge Primary Review Trust (CPRT) - Co-ordinator for the Eastern Region

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Profile

Fiona has been a member of the Faculty of Education since 2012. She leads the Primary English course for the PGCE and is the course coordinator for the Masters in Primary Education. She supervises PhD students with a focus on empirical research in children’s literature and literacies. Currently her students’ research topics include: exploring the potential of wordless picturebooks in the classroom; pre-school children's responses to digital picturebook apps; supporting reading comprehension in KS3; and the role of illustration in novels.

After starting her career as a primary teacher, Fiona gained many years of experience supporting other teachers in the development of their literacy pedagogies, working as a literacy consultant in the UK and in Eritrea for VSO. From 2004-2012 she led the Professional Masters Programme at Bath Spa University. There she developed strong partnerships with schools and local authorities to create bespoke research projects for early years, primary and secondary teachers. Primarily, these projects focused on learning and teaching, typically centralising the importance of talk in the classroom.

In her own research Fiona investigates the dialogic interactions of children as they make meaning together from a variety of text modes, and she explores the language of children’s critical and creative thinking as they collaborate together. She embraces a broad notion of literacy that incorporates visual, moving image and digital texts, and highlights the possibilities afforded by working with non-verbal and ambiguous narratives.

Academic Area/Links

Pedagogy, Language, Arts and Culture in Education

CEDiR


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  • The use of short animated film to support the teaching of reading comprehension
  • The language of creative thinking in literacy and the importance of talk in reading comprehension.
  • Children's immersion and engagement with digital storyworlds

Current Research

Playing or reading? Children’s encounters with the story-world of a digital game

This is a UKLA funded research project. Find out more here

The role of dialogic a/symmetrical interactions among peers in diverse, multi-modal reading situations.

This is a British Academy funded project in collaboration with UNAM, Mexico.


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Teaching

  • Postgraduate
    • PhD supervision (children's literature; reading; literacy and talk)
    • Masters (Primary Education; Critical Approaches to Children's Literature; Researching Practice)
    • Primary PGCE (English)
  • Undergraduate
    • Language Communication and Literacy (lectures on 21st Century Literacy; Children's Co-constructive Talk)

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Selected Publications

Books

Maine, F. (2015) Teaching Comprehension through Reading and Responding to Film. Leicester: UKLA ukla.org/shop/details/teaching-comprehension-through-reading-and-responding-to-film

Maine, F. (2015). Dialogic Readers: children talking and thinking together about visual texts. London: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415728089/

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters

Maine, F. (in press). Collaborative and dialogic meaning-making: how children engage and immerse in the storyworld of a mobile game. In C. Burnett, G. Merchant, A. Simpson and M. Walsh (Eds.) Mobile Literacies: The Case of the iPad in Education. Singapore: Springer

Maine, F. (in press). The bothersome crow people and the silent princess: exploring the orientations of children as they play a digital narrative game. Literacy

Rojas-Drummond, S., Márquez, A.M., Hofmann, R., Maine, F., Rubio, A.L., Hernández, J. & Guzmán, K. (2016). Oracy and literacy in the making: Collaborative talk and writing in grade 6 Mexican classrooms. In A. Surian (Ed.) Open spaces for interaction and learning diversities. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, 69-108.

Rojas-Drummond, S., Maine F., Alarcon, M., Trigo, A.L., Barrera, M.J., Mazon, N., Velez, M., Hofmann, R. (2016) Dialogic literacy: Talking, reading and writing among primary school children. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. DOI: 10.1016/j.lcsi.2016.09.005

Maine, F. & Hofmann, R. (2016). Talking for meaning: The dialogic engagement of teachers and children in a small group reading context. International Journal of Educational Research, 75, 45-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2015.10.007.

Hennessy, S., Rojas-Drummond, S., Higham, R., Márquez, A.M, Maine, F., Ríos, R.M., García-Carrión, R., Torreblanca, O. & Barrera, M.J. (2016). Developing a coding scheme for analysing classroom dialogue across educational contexts. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 9, 16-44 DOI:10.1016/j.lcsi.2015.12.001

Maine F. & Shields R. (2015). Developing reading comprehension with moving image narratives. Cambridge Journal of Education, 45 (4), 519-535. DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2014.998625.

Maine, F. (2014). ‘I wonder if they are going up or down’: children's co-constructive talk across the primary years. Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, 42 (3) 298-312.

Maine, F. (2013). How children talk together to make meaning from texts: A dialogic perspective on reading comprehension. Literacy, 47 (3), 150-156. [Nominated for the ILA Dina Feitelson Research Award].

Maine, F. (2012). Consulting the experts: Martha and Alex talk about books and reading. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, 50 (3), 60-65.

Maine, F. & Waller, A (2011). Swallows and Amazons forever: How adults and children engage in reading a classic text. Children’s Literature in Education, 42 (4), 354-371.

Maine, F. (2007). In pursuit of meaning. Teaching Thinking and Creativity, 8 (1), 54-57.

Maine, F. (2006). The language of discussion. Teaching Thinking and Creativity, 7 (1), 12-15.