Dennis Sumara

Dennis Sumara is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Calgary. His areas of research and teaching include literacy education, queer studies in education, curriculum theory, and teacher education. His scholarly work has critiqued problematics associated with normativity in literacy education, curriculum studies, and teacher education. It also has informed creating productive ways to make schooling more inviting to the many individuals and groups who have in the past found themselves excluded. In so doing, he has been able to demonstrate how critically analyzing conceptions of normal and normativity in teaching and learning can create more inclusive and productive situations for everyone. Sumara was co-founder of the Journal for the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, former Editor of Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, and currently is Editor of Teaching Education Journal. He was awarded the 2003 Ed Fry Book Award by the National Reading Conference for his book Why Reading Literature in School Still Matters and the 2019 Canadian Association for Teacher Education Award for Distinguished Research Contributions.

Books by Dennis Sumara:

Ideas that Changed Literacy Practices
First Person Accounts from Leading Voices
Ideas that Changed Literacy Practices: First Person Accounts from Leading Voices offers 32 autobiographical accounts written by leading international scholars in the field of literacy education. By using and applying ideas related to literacy practices, the volume reveals insider perspectives on creative scholarly processes, including the impact these have had on literacy practices and on the very people who helped to develop them. As a collection, the essays also highlight some of the major themes that have guided and changed literacy practices over the last few decades. This volume provides an up-close and personal account of the ideas that are driving current practices in the field of literacy education by situating the complexities of literacy learning and teaching in a rich context of personal and professional knowledge.
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