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Emeritus Professor of Literacy Studies in Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
Colin Harrison is an Emeritus Professor of Literacy Studies.
After teaching English at secondary level he worked on the Schools Council project The Effective Use of Reading, during which time he chaired the Schools Council's Evaluator's Group. His books include Readability in the Classroom, Interactive Learning and New Technologies, The Reading for Real Handbook and Understanding Reading Development. He was a founding editor of the Journal of Research in Reading, and is past president of the United Kingdom Reading Association. He has directed over forty funded research projects, including fifteen in the field of new technology.
Colin Harrison's recent research includes the ImpaCT2, Local Authority Pathfinder and e-Portfolio evaluations for Becta.
His current projects are a pilot evaluation of Interactive Classroom Explorer interface for delivering interactive video for teacher development, and another project for Becta, an evaluation of Web2.0 technologies in schools and at home at Key Stages 3 and 4 (Co-PI Charles Crook)