“We were put into the driver’s seat of our education by creating and constructing according to our own thoughts and ideas.” — Media Literacy Student, Spring 2019
Theresa’s scholarship reflects a hybrid research agenda that attends to the complex intersections of multiple professional fields including: communications, media studies, literacy studies, teacher education, curriculum design, technology integration, and the arts. Across these areas, she seeks to unravel stories about how media and communication technologies impact issues related to teaching, learning, literacy, creativity, sustainability, and human expression. Theresa employs largely qualitative methods, including case studies, action research, self-study, visual methodologies, a/r/tography, and other arts-based research approaches.
Across her areas of study is a particular emphasis on examining students’ preparation, fluency, and critical thinking in digital environments through creative inquiry and expression.
Currently, Theresa is engaged in research studies related to: expressive inquiry, remix, critical thinking, privacy and data mining, visual methodologies, and ecomedia literacy.
Research Areas in Media Studies
Media Literacy (Content, Curriculum, Evaluation)
Privacy and Data Mining
Research Areas in Education
Pre-Service Teacher Education
Middle Grades Education
Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK)