Bernadette Dwyer

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Biography

Bernadette Dwyer is an Associate Professor in the school of Language, Literacy  and Early Childhood Education where she lectures and researches  in the area of Literacy . Since 1979, Bernadette has gained extensive experience in the field of  education as a primary teacher, teacher educator, PD consultant, and  researcher. She was a classroom teacher and Learning Support teacher, in a variety of settings, including DEIS Band 1, at all levels of the primary school,  for over twenty three years. Since joining the faculty in 2002, Bernadette has taught on a wide range of courses in Literacy at  both undergraduate and  postgraduate levels. She  currently serves as Research Convenor for the school of Language, Literacy, and Early Childhood Education.


She earned her PhD from the University of Nottingham, UK.   Her doctoral dissertation entitled, “Scaffolding  internet  reading: A study of a disadvantaged school community in Ireland” was a distinguished finalist in the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year award  (2011) for the International Literacy Association. She has published referred  articles in high ranking journals, chapters in books, commissioned reports, and has edited conference proceedings. Her most recent book publication is Using technology to improve reading and learning. Bernadette is a regular presenter at both national and international  conferences.


In 2016, Bernadette was awarded the DCU President’s award for engagement in the community for the Chekhov Ebook Lit4life project. The project is a partnership between Microsoft, UNESCO, Mediacraft, and DCU. In 2017, she was awarded the 
Technology in Reading  Research Award by the TILE-SIG of the International Literacy Association for her 'scholarly and practical contributions to the field  of literacy and technology integration.'

Bernadette served on the executive committee of the Literacy Association of Ireland (LAI) from 2002-2015. She was President of LAI in 2005-2006.
 Bernadette was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association (ILA)  (2013-2016). In 2017, she was elected to serve as Vice President  of the ILA organisation. She served as President of the International Literacy Association in 2018-2019. Currently she is serving as Immediate Past President of the International Literacy Association.

Bernadette is currently engaged in research in the areas of multimodal/ digital literacies; disciplinary literacies; reading comprehension; and supporting struggling readers and writers.    
Bernadette Dwyer is an Associate Professor in the school of Language, Literacy  and Early Childhood Education where she lectures and researches  in the area of Literacy . Since 1979, Bernadette has gained extensive experience in the field of  education as a primary teacher, teacher educator, PD consultant, and  researcher. She was a classroom teacher and Learning Support teacher, in a variety of settings, including DEIS Band 1, at all levels of the primary school,  for over twenty three years. Since joining the faculty in 2002, Bernadette has taught on a wide range of courses in Literacy at  both undergraduate and  postgraduate levels. She  currently serves as Research Convenor for the school of Language, Literacy, and Early Childhood Education.


She earned her PhD from the University of Nottingham, UK.   Her doctoral dissertation entitled, “Scaffolding  internet  reading: A study of a disadvantaged school community in Ireland” was a distinguished finalist in the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year award  (2011) for the International Literacy Association. She has published referred  articles in high ranking journals, chapters in books, commissioned reports, and has edited conference proceedings. Her most recent book publication is Using technology to improve reading and learning. Bernadette is a regular presenter at both national and international  conferences.


In 2016, Bernadette was awarded the DCU President’s award for engagement in the community for the Chekhov Ebook Lit4life project. The project is a partnership between Microsoft, UNESCO, Mediacraft, and DCU. In 2017, she was awarded the 
Technology in Reading  Research Award by the TILE-SIG of the International Literacy Association for her 'scholarly and practical contributions to the field  of literacy and technology integration.'

Bernadette served on the executive committee of the Literacy Association of Ireland (LAI) from 2002-2015. She was President of LAI in 2005-2006.
 Bernadette was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association (ILA)  (2013-2016). In 2017, she was elected to serve as Vice President  of the ILA organisation. She served as President of the International Literacy Association in 2018-2019. Currently she is serving as Immediate Past President of the International Literacy Association.

Bernadette is currently engaged in research in the areas of multimodal/ digital literacies; disciplinary literacies; reading comprehension; and supporting struggling readers and writers.    

Books

  Year Publication
2018 Using technology to improve reading and learning.
Dwyer,B & Harrison, C. (2018) Using technology to improve reading and learning. UK: United Kingdom Literacy Association. [Details]
2014 Using technology to improve reading and learning.
Harrison, C., Dwyer, B., & Castek, J. (2014) Using technology to improve reading and learning. USA: Shell International Publications. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2015 'Digging deeper with reader response: Using digital tools to support comprehension of literary texts in online learning environments'
Larson, L & Dwyer, B (2015) 'Digging deeper with reader response: Using digital tools to support comprehension of literary texts in online learning environments' In: T. Rasinski, K. E. Pytash and R. E Ferdig (eds). Preparing teachers to teach reading using technology. USA: Solution Tree Publications. [Details]
2015 'Teacher read-alouds nurture readers'
Dwyer,B (2015) 'Teacher read-alouds nurture readers' In: S. S. Layne (eds). In Defense of Read –Aloud. Sustaining Best Practice. USA: Stenhouse Publications. [Details]
2014 'The writer in the reader: Building communities of response in digital environments'
Dwyer, B. & Larson, L. (2014) 'The writer in the reader: Building communities of response in digital environments' In: K. E. Pytash & R. E. Ferdig (Eds.) (eds). InExploring Technology for Writing and Writing Instruction. USA: IGI Publications. [Details]
2013 'STRUGGLING READERS GO ONLINE: BUILDING AN INTEGRATED, INQUIRY-BASED CLASSROOM CURRICULUM'
Dwyer, B (2013) 'STRUGGLING READERS GO ONLINE: BUILDING AN INTEGRATED, INQUIRY-BASED CLASSROOM CURRICULUM' In: SCHOOL-BASED INTERVENTIONS FOR STRUGGLING READERS, K-8. BINGLEY: EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD. [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Developing online reading comprehension: Changes, challenges and consequences'
Dwyer, B. (2013) 'Developing online reading comprehension: Changes, challenges and consequences' In: K. Hall, T. Cremin, B. Comber & L. Moll (Eds.) (eds). International handbook of research in children’s literacy, learning and culture. UK: Wiley-Blackwell. [Details]
2013 'Struggling readers go online: Building an integrated, inquiry-based classroom curriculum linking literacy, science and the Internet'
Dwyer, B. (2013) 'Struggling readers go online: Building an integrated, inquiry-based classroom curriculum linking literacy, science and the Internet' In: E. Ortlieb & E. H. Cheek (Eds.) (eds). School-Based Interventions for Struggling Readers, K-8 (Literacy Research, Practice and Evaluation, Volume 3). USA: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. [Details]
2012 'Creating Multiple Pathways to Powerful Literacy in Challenging Times Papers from the 35th Annual Conference of the RAI'
Dwyer,B (2012) 'Creating Multiple Pathways to Powerful Literacy in Challenging Times Papers from the 35th Annual Conference of the RAI' In: A. Kelly, B. Dwyer, G. Mehigan, G. Watson (eds). Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Literacies: Equity and Excellence for all Students. Dublin Ireland: Reading Association of Ireland. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2012 Creating Multiple Pathways to Powerful Literacy in Challenging Times Papers from the 35th Annual Conference of the RAI
Kelly, A., Dwyer, B. Mehigan, G., & Watson,G. (Eds) (Ed.). (2012) Creating Multiple Pathways to Powerful Literacy in Challenging Times Papers from the 35th Annual Conference of the RAI Dublin Ireland: Reading Association of Ireland. [Details]
2007 Literacy at the crossroads: Moving forward, looking back (Papers from the 30th Annual Conference of the RAI
Dwyer, B., & Shiel, G. (Eds.) (Ed.). (2007) Literacy at the crossroads: Moving forward, looking back (Papers from the 30th Annual Conference of the RAI Dublin Ireland: Reading Association of Ireland. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Think globally act locally: Teaching climate change through digital inquiry'
Castek,J. and Dwyer,B. (2018) 'Think globally act locally: Teaching climate change through digital inquiry'. Reading Teacher, 71 (6) [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Engaging All Students in Internet Research and Inquiry'
Dwyer B. (2016) 'Engaging All Students in Internet Research and Inquiry'. Reading Teacher, 69 (4):383-389 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Teaching and Learning in the Global Village: Connect, Create, Collaborate, and Communicate'
Dwyer B. (2016) 'Teaching and Learning in the Global Village: Connect, Create, Collaborate, and Communicate'. Reading Teacher, [DOI] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2020 Reading Association of Manitoba and Council of Reading Clinicians. Professional Development,
Dwyer,B. (2020) Students’ Rights to Excellent Literacy Instruction. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Reading Association of Manitoba and Council of Reading Clinicians. Professional Development, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.Cancelled due to COVID-19 [Details]
2020 65th Annual conference of the International Literacy Shaping the Future of Literacy : Vision 2020,
Dwyer,B. (2020) Potholes and possibilities on the yellow brick road: 2020 vision. LEADER special Interest group session, Shaping the future of literacy: We’re in this together. Accepted Presentation. [Invited Oral Presentation], 65th Annual conference of the International Literacy Shaping the Future of Literacy : Vision 2020, Columbus, Ohio, USA [Details]
2019 Enabling learning environments in the classroom to enhance vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension development using a range of multimodal tools,
Dwyer,B (2019) Invited workshop presentation. [Invited Oral Presentation], Enabling learning environments in the classroom to enhance vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension development using a range of multimodal tools, Nebraska,USA [Details]
2019 Digital Literacies,
Dwyer, B (2019) Presentation to the Primary Development Support Team. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Digital Literacies, Laois Education Centre [Details]
2019 Children’s Rights to Read at 64th Annual Conference of the International Literacy Association. Creating a culture of Literacy,
Dwyer, B. (2019) Opening Address. [Invited Oral Presentation], Children’s Rights to Read at 64th Annual Conference of the International Literacy Association. Creating a culture of Literacy, New Orleans, USA [Details]
2019 Children’s Literature Day, 64th Annual Conference of the International Literacy Association Creating a culture of Literacy,,
Dalton, B, Dwyer, B., Russell K. (2019) Multimodal Toolbox. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Children’s Literature Day, 64th Annual Conference of the International Literacy Association Creating a culture of Literacy,, New Orleans, USA [Details]
2019 Illuminating the possibilities: Transforming literacy instruction in the 21st century classroom,
Dwyer,B (2019) Nebraska Literacy Association. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Illuminating the possibilities: Transforming literacy instruction in the 21st century classroom, Nebraska,USA , 03-FEB-19 - 04-FEB-19 [Details]
2018 Transforming Literacy Instruction in the 21st Century Classroom,
Dwyer,B (2018) Invited presentation. [Invited Oral Presentation], Transforming Literacy Instruction in the 21st Century Classroom, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA , 02-DEC-08 - 02-DEC-18 [Details]
2018 Literacy landscapes in the 21st century classroom: Mirrors and windows in Literacy Landscapes,
Dwyer,B (2018) Keynote address. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Literacy landscapes in the 21st century classroom: Mirrors and windows in Literacy Landscapes, Palmerston North, New Zealand [Details]
2018 Past, Present, and future of ILA affiliates: what roles should we take to help foster people’s characteristics needed in 21st Century?,
Dwyer,B (2018) International Conference Association on Literacy in The Digital Era (ICAL),. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Past, Present, and future of ILA affiliates: what roles should we take to help foster people’s characteristics needed in 21st Century?, Bangkok ,Thailand [Details]
2018 Walking on air: Teachers as superheroes in the 21st century classroom,
Dwyer,B (2018) Literacy Superheroes. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Walking on air: Teachers as superheroes in the 21st century classroom, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA , 02-DEC-18 - 04-DEC-18 [Details]
2018 Literacy for all matters: Bridging the divide,
Dwyer,B (2018) Literacy's Legacy KSLA 51st Annual Conference. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Literacy for all matters: Bridging the divide, Penn State, Pennsylvania,USA , 28-OCT-18 - 31-OCT-18 [Details]
2018 Literacy in a multimodal world: Teaching and learning in the 21st century. Keynote presentation at the International Literacy Conference TILESIG,
Dwyer,B. (2018) TILESIG keynote presentation. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Literacy in a multimodal world: Teaching and learning in the 21st century. Keynote presentation at the International Literacy Conference TILESIG, Austin,Texas, USA [Details]
2017 Bringing Science Forward,
Bernadette Dwyer (2017) The Digital Lives of Young Children. [Invited Oral Presentation], Bringing Science Forward, Copenhagen, Denmark [Details]
2012 Invited presentation. Ecole Europeenne de Woluwe, Bruxelles,
Dwyer, B. (2012) Supporting the development of literacy skills for ELL through explicit strategy instruction in both print and digital texts. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited presentation. Ecole Europeenne de Woluwe, Bruxelles, Brussels [Details]
2011 Invited presentation Reading Association of Ireland Spring Seminar, Dublin,
Dwyer, B., & Kelly, A. (2011) Novels in the classroom: Using literature circles to promote reading engagement and critical thinking skills. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited presentation Reading Association of Ireland Spring Seminar, Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin [Details]
2011 Poster session presented at the 56th Annual conference of the International Reading Association,
Dwyer, B. (2011) Scaffolding Internet reading: A study of a disadvantaged school community in Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Poster session presented at the 56th Annual conference of the International Reading Association, Orlando, Florida [Details]
2011 Invited presentation, St. Joseph’s National School , Finglas,
Dwyer, B. (2011) Spring clean your reading instruction: Developing powerful literacy strategies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Invited presentation, St. Joseph’s National School , Finglas, Dublin , Ireland [Details]
2017 Literacy Research for Expanding Meaningfulness, 67th Annual Conference of the Literacy Research Association,
Bernadette Dwyer (2017) Scaffolding authentic learning across the disciplines during Internet inquiry: A climate change curriculum unit. In the session Advancing Multimodal Composition :Theory and Practice. [Invited Oral Presentation], Literacy Research for Expanding Meaningfulness, 67th Annual Conference of the Literacy Research Association, Tampa, Florida [Details]
2016 Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: A Carbon & Climate Change Investigation. In Digital Literacies for Disciplinary Learning,
Dwyer,B. & Castek,C (2016) Paper presented at the 66th Annual Literacy Research Association Conference. [Invited Oral Presentation], Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: A Carbon & Climate Change Investigation. In Digital Literacies for Disciplinary Learning, Nashville, TN, USA [Details]
2016 Literacy and learning in the 21st century classroom: The choppy c’s of change,
Dwyer,B (2016) Invited keynote address at the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) conference for post-primary teachers,. [], Literacy and learning in the 21st century classroom: The choppy c’s of change, University of Limerick [Details]
2015 Using Technology to Improve Reading and Learning,
Castek, J. & Dwyer, B. (2015) In Pre-conference Institute Transforming Adolescents’ Lives through Literacy (Co-Chairs, C Hryniuk-Adamov and S. Lenski) at the 60th Annual conference of the International Literacy Association. [Invited Oral Presentation], Using Technology to Improve Reading and Learning, St Louis, USA [Details]
2015 Supporting literacy and learning with the Internet: Nurturing collaborative classroom communities,
Dwyer,B (2015) Invited presentation at the 60th annual conference of the International Literacy Association. [], Supporting literacy and learning with the Internet: Nurturing collaborative classroom communities, St Louis, USA [Details]
2014 Digital literacies: Building research-to-practice reciprocal connections through formative and design experiments,
Dwyer,B (2014) Presented in the session Reconceptualizing Rigor in Digital Literacy Research: Implications for Practice and Policy (Chairs M. Hagerman & H. Spires) at the 64th Annual National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association Conference,. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Digital literacies: Building research-to-practice reciprocal connections through formative and design experiments, Dallas, TX, USA [Details]
2014 Transforming Your Literacy Practice Using Internet Tools and Resources: Meeting Students’ Instructional Needs While Addressing the CCSS,
Dwyer, B., Castek, J., & Harrison, C (2014) Presented at the 59th Annual Conference of the International Reading Association. [Invited Oral Presentation], Transforming Your Literacy Practice Using Internet Tools and Resources: Meeting Students’ Instructional Needs While Addressing the CCSS, . San Antonio, Texas [Details]
2014 Digging deeper with reader and writer response: Using digital tools to support the development of literacy and learning,
Dwyer, B., & Larson. L (2014) Presented at the 38th Annual Conference of Reading Association of Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Digging deeper with reader and writer response: Using digital tools to support the development of literacy and learning, Marino, Dublin [Details]
2014 Developing Online Reading Comprehension: What Teachers Need to Know,
Dwyer,B (2014) Invited keynote address at the Delaware Valley Reading Association Fall Conference. [], Developing Online Reading Comprehension: What Teachers Need to Know, Delaware, Pennsylvania, USA [Details]
2013 Struggling readers go online: Building an integrated, inquiry-based classroom curriculum,
Dwyer,B (2013) Presented in session School-based interventions for struggling readers K-8 at the 63rd Annual conference of the Literacy Research Association,. [Invited Oral Presentation], Struggling readers go online: Building an integrated, inquiry-based classroom curriculum, Dallas, Texas [Details]
2013 Struggling readers go digital: Potholes and possibilities,
Dwyer,B (2013) Invited presentation at the Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA) Spring Conference,. [Invited Oral Presentation], Struggling readers go digital: Potholes and possibilities, Drogheda, Ireland [Details]
2013 New literacies, new times: Building global communities of readers,
Dwyer, B. & Larson, L. (2013) Presented at the 18th European Conference on Reading: New Challenges, New Literacies,. [Invited Oral Presentation], New literacies, new times: Building global communities of readers, Jönköping, Sweden [Details]
2013 Spring into action with powerful literacy instruction,
Dwyer,B (2013) Invited presentation for teachers. [], Spring into action with powerful literacy instruction, Tarbert Education Centre, Kerry, Ireland [Details]
2012 Inservice Spring Seminars for Teachers, Inservice Department , St. Patrick’s College,
Dwyer, B. (2012) Spring into action with powerful literacy instruction. [], Inservice Spring Seminars for Teachers, Inservice Department , St. Patrick’s College, Dublin [Details]
2012 Creating Multiple Pathways to Powerful Literacy in Challenging Times Papers from the 35th Annual Conference of the RAI.),
Dwyer,B (2012) Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Literacies: Equity and Excellence for all Students. [], Creating Multiple Pathways to Powerful Literacy in Challenging Times Papers from the 35th Annual Conference of the RAI.), Dublin Ireland [Details]
2012 Building communities of e-Book readers across time and space,
Dwyer, B. & Larson, L. (2012) Presented at the 62nd Annual National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association Conference,. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Building communities of e-Book readers across time and space, San Diego, California [Details]
2012 Invited presentation. Ecole Europeenne de Woluwe, Bruxelles,
Dwyer, B. (2012) Supporting the development of literacy skills for ELL through explicit strategy instruction in both print and digital texts. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited presentation. Ecole Europeenne de Woluwe, Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium [Details]
2012 Invited presentation at the International Reading Association Conference (IRA) Pre-Conference Institute: Fostering Literacy with Research-Based Instructional Practices and Web 2.0 Technologies,
Dwyer, B. (2012) Implementing Internet inquiry with struggling readers in elementary grades. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited presentation at the International Reading Association Conference (IRA) Pre-Conference Institute: Fostering Literacy with Research-Based Instructional Practices and Web 2.0 Technologies, IRA, Chicago, IL [Details]
2012 Teacher Education Centre, Kilkenny,
Dwyer, B. (2012) Professional Development Unit for tutors in Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford. [Invited Oral Presentation], Teacher Education Centre, Kilkenny, Kilkenny [Details]
2012 Invited presentation and PD unit for tutors in Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford,
Dwyer, B. (2012) Developing a balanced literacy framework in the classroom. [Other], Invited presentation and PD unit for tutors in Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, Kilkenny Dublin [Details]
2012 Invited presentation at the Michigan State University Summer School for Masters in Arts in Educational Technology, DCU, Dublin,
Dwyer, B. (2012) In pursuit of excellence: Creating deep learning opportunities for our students on the web. [], Invited presentation at the Michigan State University Summer School for Masters in Arts in Educational Technology, DCU, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2012 Presented at the the 62nd Annual National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association Conference, San Diego, California,
Dwyer, B. & Larson, L. (2012) Building communities of e-book readers across time and space. [Invited Oral Presentation], Presented at the the 62nd Annual National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association Conference, San Diego, California, San Diego, California, USA [Details]
2012 Invited presentation at the International Reading Association Conference (IRA) Pre-Conference Institute: Fostering Literacy with Research-Based Instructional Practices and Web 2.0 Technologies. IRA,,
Dwyer, B. (2012) Implementing Internet inquiry with struggling readers in elementary grades. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited presentation at the International Reading Association Conference (IRA) Pre-Conference Institute: Fostering Literacy with Research-Based Instructional Practices and Web 2.0 Technologies. IRA,, Chicago, IL [Details]
2011 Poster session presented at the 56th Annual conference of the International Reading Association,
Dwyer, B. (2011) Scaffolding Internet reading: A study of a disadvantaged school community in Ireland. [Poster Presentation ], Poster session presented at the 56th Annual conference of the International Reading Association, Orlando, Florida [Details]
2011 Invited keynote address, 35th Annual conference of the Reading Association of Ireland, College of Education, Rathmines,
Dwyer, B. (2011) Meeting the challenges of 21st century literacies: Equity and excellence for all students. [], Invited keynote address, 35th Annual conference of the Reading Association of Ireland, College of Education, Rathmines, Rathmines, Ireland [Details]
2011 Invited presentation, St. Joseph’s National School , Finglas,
Dwyer, B. (2011) Spring clean your reading instruction: Developing powerful literacy strategies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Invited presentation, St. Joseph’s National School , Finglas, Dublin,Ireland [Details]
2011 Invited presentation Reading Association of Ireland Spring Seminar, Dublin,
Dwyer, B. & Kelly, A. (2011) Novels in the classroom: Using literature circles to promote reading engagement and critical thinking skills. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Invited presentation Reading Association of Ireland Spring Seminar, Dublin, Drumcondra Dublin [Details]
2011 In Literacy in a Changing World , Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) Consultative Conference on Education. Irish National Teachers’ Organisation,
Dwyer, B. (2011) Scaffolding Internet reading: Moving from page to screen. [Invited Oral Presentation], In Literacy in a Changing World , Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) Consultative Conference on Education. Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, Athlone, Ireland [Details]
2011 In Castek, C. (chair) Exploring Cognitive and Social Aspects of Online Reading Comprehension Across Multiple Ages of Learner. Literacy Research Association Conference,,
Dwyer, B. (2011) Scaffolding Internet Reading: Challenged readers go online to conduct collaborative Internet inquiry. [Invited Oral Presentation], In Castek, C. (chair) Exploring Cognitive and Social Aspects of Online Reading Comprehension Across Multiple Ages of Learner. Literacy Research Association Conference,, Jacksonville, Florida, USA [Details]
2010 60th Annual National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association Conference,,
Dwyer, B., & Castek, J. (2010) Exploring instructional activities, pedagogies, and scaffolds that aided the development of online literacies in Ireland, the UK and the U.S. [Invited Oral Presentation], 60th Annual National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association Conference,, Ft. Worth, Texas [Details]
2010 Paper presented at the 34th Reading Association of Ireland Annual Conference,,
Dwyer, B. (2010) There’s no rabbits on the Internet': Scaffolding internet inquiry with struggling readers. [Invited Oral Presentation], Paper presented at the 34th Reading Association of Ireland Annual Conference,, Marino, Dublin [Details]
2009 Paper presented at the 59th Annual NRC Conference, Literacy Research Past Present and Future: Multiple Paths to a Better World,,
Dwyer, B. (2009) Scaffolding struggling readers from disadvantaged communities as they construct meaning in internet Inquiry. [Invited Oral Presentation], Paper presented at the 59th Annual NRC Conference, Literacy Research Past Present and Future: Multiple Paths to a Better World,, Albuquerque, New Mexico [Details]
2009 Invited presentation to the 54th Annual Convention International Reading Association,,
Dwyer, B. (2009) Scaffolding the development of Internet strategies with struggling readers through social collaboration and explicit strategy instruction. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited presentation to the 54th Annual Convention International Reading Association,, Minneapolis, USA [Details]
2009 National Reading Conference,
Dwyer, B. (2009) Scaffolding struggling readers from disadvantaged communities as they construct meaning in Internet inquiry. [Invited Oral Presentation], National Reading Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico [Details]
2008 Presented to the Centre for Literacy Research, Nottingham,
Dwyer, B. (2008) “There’s just no rabbits on the Internet”. Supporting struggling readers’ development of Internet research skills: an Irish perspective. [Invited Oral Presentation], Presented to the Centre for Literacy Research, Nottingham, Nottingham Uk [Details]
2007 An alternative symposium session presented at the National Reading Conference,
Dwyer, B. (2007) I’ve a load of questions in my head”: Scaffolding the development of effective search strategies for struggling readers during Internet inquiry. [Invited Oral Presentation], An alternative symposium session presented at the National Reading Conference, Austin, Texas [Details]
2006 An alternative symposium session presented at the National Reading Conference,,
Dwyer, B. (2006) “There's no rabbits on the Internet: Supporting struggling readers through integrated multimedia instruction . [Invited Oral Presentation], An alternative symposium session presented at the National Reading Conference,, Los Angeles, CA, USA [Details]
2006 Presented to the United Kingdom Literacy Association,,
Dwyer, B. (2006) Exploring the development of online literacy strategies for children with low levels of literacy in schools with Designated Disadvantage status. [Invited Oral Presentation], Presented to the United Kingdom Literacy Association,, Nottingham, U.K [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2012 Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education (Children Aged 3-8 Years). Commissioned Research Report.
Kennedy, E., Dunphy, E., Dwyer, B., Hayes, G., McPhillips, T., Marsh, J., O’Connor, M., & Shiel, G. (2012) Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education (Children Aged 3-8 Years). Commissioned Research Report. NCCA, Dublin Ireland. [Details]

Guidelines for Practice

  Year Publication
2020 Internet Inquiry and Research. Support Materials for NCCA Primary Curriculum Online.
Bernadette Dwyer (2020) Internet Inquiry and Research. Support Materials for NCCA Primary Curriculum Online. Guidelines for Practice [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2011 Distinguished Finalist Outstanding Dissertation of the Year The International Reading Association
2017 Technology in Reading Research Award Technology in Literacy Education SIG International Literacy Association
2016 DCU President's Award for Engagement in the Community Dublin City University
2008 Professional Development Fellowship St. Patrick's College

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Reading Association of Ireland/ Literacy Association of Ireland Executive Committee Member (2002-2015) , President (2005-2006) /
American Educational Research Association member /
Literacy Research Association member /
Literacy Research Association Member of the Albert J. Kingston Award Committee /
International Literacy Association Member /
International Literacy Association Chair of the Elearning, Technology and Communications /
International Reading Association/ International Literacy Association Member of the Board of Directors (2013-2016) /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
M.Ed Programme Board Member / Ongoing
PME programme Board Member / Ongoing
B.Ed Programme Board Member / Ongoing
Faculty Research Admissions Panel member / Ongoing
Faculty Research Committee School Research Convenor / Ongoing

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2010 University of Nottingham PhD Literacy
2000 Dublin City University MSc Computer Applications for Education
1979 National University of Ireland B.Ed Education, English, Science

Reviews

  Journal Role
Reading Research Quarterly Reviewer
Literacy Reviewer
Reading Teacher Series Editor

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2011-present
Other Literacy Beat: Intersections of literacy and technology Blog

2012
Consultancy Invited presentation. Ecole Europeenne de Woluwe, Bruxelles. . Supporting the development of literacy skills for ELL through explicit strategy instruction in both print and digital texts.

2008
Invited talk/presentation Presented to the Centre for Literacy Research, Nottingham, UK. There's just no rabbits on the Internet'. Supporting struggling readers' development of Internet research skills: An Irish perspective

2016
Consultancy Chekhov Ebook Lit4Life Project The Chekhov ebook Lit4life project is an example of a collaborative partnership, between Microsoft, UNESCO, Mediacraft, and St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, to harness the power of digital tools and technology to address the problems of illiteracy in the world today. The free app provides a scaffolded digital learning environment, with inbuilt multimodal supports like image and audio support. The app operates on low cost mobile devices and provides support for emerging readers and writers as they build literacy skills. Fourth year B.Ed. literacy specialism students and graduates of the college and university developed 50 levelled ebooks for beginning readers (aimed at children but also potentially at adolescents). These ebooks will serve as exemplar texts and will be piloted by UNESCO as part of a range of literacy services to underserved communities in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia and Mexico in the coming year.

2012
Continuous Professional Development/Training Inservice Spring Seminars for Teachers, Inservice Department, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin, Ireland. . Spring into action with powerful literacy instruction.

2012
Continuous Professional Development/Training Invited presentation and workshops for Professional Development Unit for tutors in Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford. Teacher Education Centre, Kilkenny, Ireland. Developing a balanced literacy framework in the classroom.

2011
Invited talk/presentation In Literacy in a Changing World, Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) Consultative Conference on Education. Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, Athlone, Ireland. Scaffolding Internet reading: Moving from page to screen.

2012
Invited talk/presentation Invited keynote presentation at the Michigan State University Summer School for Masters in Arts in Educational Technology. Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin. In pursuit of excellence: Creating deep learning opportunities for our students on the web.

2011
Invited talk/presentation Invited keynote address, 35th Annual conference of the Reading Association of Ireland, College of Education, Rathmines Meeting the challenges of 21st century literacies: Equity and excellence for all students

2011
Invited talk/presentation Spring clean your reading instruction: Developing powerful literacy strategies. Invited presentation, St. Joseph's National School, Finglas, Dublin, Ireland

2013
Invited talk/presentation Invited presentation at the Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA) Spring Conference, Drogheda, Ireland. Struggling readers go digital: Potholes and possibilities.

2013
Consultancy Invited presentation for teachers. Tarbert Education Centre, Kerry, Ireland. Spring into action with powerful literacy instruction.

2016
Invited talk/presentation Literacy and learning in the 21st century classroom: The choppy c’s of change. Invited keynote address at the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) conference for post-primary teachers, University of Limerick, Keynote address

2012
Continuous Professional Development/Training Professional Development Unit for tutors in Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford. Teacher Education Centre, Kilkenny, Ireland. Developing a balanced literacy framework in the classroom. Invited presentation and workshops for

Media

  Title Year Type Authors
Big leap for literacy in schools. Push for in-depth reading demands new teaching methods and digital tools. 2016 Newspaper article (online) Alison DeNisco
Leader Q&A with Bernadette Dwyer: A Board member’s perspective on ILA transformation . 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Dan Mangan, Sarah Long
Literacy for All: Accelerating Outcomes through Collective Impact 2015 Radio interview/panel discussion Invited panellist
What’s hot in literacy 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Stephanie Grote-Garcia
Digital Tools to personalize literacy 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Benjamin Herold
Developing a signature style 2013 Newspaper article (Print) Sheila Wayman

Research Interests

Digital and Multimodal Literacies
Disciplinary Literacies
Online reading Comprehension
Internet inquiry skills strategies and dispositions
Inquiry-Based learning
Informational text
Visual Literacies

Current Postgraduate Students

  Student Degree Type Supervision Type
Devey , Ceire PhD Supervisor

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Educational Disadvantage Centre DCU IRELAND

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Dr. Lotta Larson Kansas State University U.S.A.
Dr. Jill Castek University of Arizona U.S.A.

Teaching Interests

Balanced Literacy Framework in reading and writing workshops
Reading Comprehension in print and online
Vocabulary and Fluency Development
Visual Literacy
Using children's literature in the classroom
Language Experience Approach
Informational Texts
Disciplinary Literacy
Digital and Multimodal literacies
Inquiry-based approaches 
Challenge-based learning


Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2020 New Literacies:Dyslexia EC324New Literacies:Dyslexia
2020 Description of 2020_ED3012 ED3012Subject of 2020_ED3012