Dr. Denise N.J. Chapman is a passionate digital media-creator, storyteller, and teacher-educator at Monash University. She is an early childhood inclusion specialist focused on critical digital literacies, media literacy, and culturally-sustaining partnerships within diverse communities in Melbourne, Australia. As part of the Learning with New Media Group, Denise is particularly interested in researching how the curation and creation of digital, hardcopy, and performed stories can support communities / persons experiencing marginalisation. She also explores how self-published media can be used to engender spaces for critical discussions on social injustice. In 2016, Denise received Monash University’s Faculty of Education Dean’s Award Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Denise serves as a Deputy College Head for Monash University’s Aquila College for non-residential students as well as a student advisor for Monash University Education students in the Early Childhood/Primary course.
- Revisioning public spaces for education through augmented reality applications
- Monash University’s Non-Residential Colleges – Aquila College Heads
- Storytelling & Critical literacies
- Performative storytelling in teacher education and early childhood spaces
- Media representations
- Digital technology as a platform for culturally sustaining teaching practices
- Use of digital technology to bridge home-school connections
- EDF2182 Innovation in Film and New Media
- EDF3032 Children’s Literature, storytelling, and the arts
- EDF3034 Early Literacy
- EDF4035 New Media and Technology in the Early Years
- EDF4122 Teaching Partnerships: Working with Families and Communities.
Recent Conference Proceedings:
Burke, G. & Chapman, D.N.J. (upcoming July 2017). The Power of Picture Books (Re)presenting an(other) story through dialogic zine’ing. 2017 Critical Autoethnography Conference, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Chapman, D.N.J. (upcoming June 2017). A Call for Highlighting Ethnicity in Media Literacy. NAMLE Conference 2017, National Association for Media Literacy Education, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Chapman, D.N.J. (upcoming June 2017). Where New Media Meets Traditional Indigenous Story: Reshaping Deep Community Connections with Mobile Augmented Reality at the Royal Botanical Gardens. NAMLE Conference 2017, National Association for Media Literacy Education, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sukkar, H., Thompson, A., Chapman, D.N.J. (2016). Early Childhood Intervention in Remote Australia. ISEI Conference 2016, International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI), Stockholm, Sweden.
Chapman, D.N.J. (2015). Mining to Connect to Culture: Using Minecraft for understanding and connection with new cultural ways of being and communicating. NAMLE Conference 2015, National Association for Media Literacy Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Chapman, D.N.J & Orlieb, E. (2016). Pin it!: Maximizing the benefits of video usage in a preservice teacher classroom using Pinterest. In E. Ortlieb, L. Shanahan, & M. McVee (Eds.), Literacy Research, Practice and Evaluation: Vol. 5. Video reflection in literacy teacher education and development: Lessons from research and practice. Bingley, UK: Emerald.
Chapman, D.N.J. & Sukkar, H. (2016). Teaching in play-based contexts. In R. Gunstone (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Science Education, New York: Springer.
Chapman, D.N.J. & Crawford, C.M. (2011). Supporting social meanings and constructs within social communities of learning. In C.M. Crawford (Ed.), Anthology of educational innovation: Digital frameworks of understanding (pp. 99-118). Champaign, Ill: Common Ground Publishing.
Refereed Journal Articles
Chapman, D.N.J. & Crawford, C.M. (2008). Supporting social meanings and constructs within social communities of learning: Living dictionaries focused upon enhancing learner understandings related to tacit and explicit knowledge within a communicative learning environment. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 3(1), 245-256.
Chapman, D.N.J. (2008). Using PulpMotion videos as instructional anchors for pre-service teachers learning about early childhood special education. In Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Educational Technology Research Symposium: Vol. 2 (pp. 36-43). Lancaster, PA: ProActive.
Frea, W. D., Craig-Unkefer, L., Odom, S. L., & Johnson, D. (1999). Differential effects of structured social integration and group friendship activities for promoting social interaction with peers. Journal of Early Intervention, 22, 230-242.
Refereed Instructional Materials
Chapman, D.N.J. (2007). Using video technology to enhance pre-service teachers’ understanding of key aspects of effective teaching in early childhood special education settings. Rice University Language Resource Center/Greater Houston Education Collaboration group Fall 2007 lecture series.
Past Conference Proceedings
Chapman, D.N.J. (2011, July). “Hey, is this mic on?”: Tales of a female African American international academic staff creating culturally responsive communication spaces for both pre-service teachers and self within an Australian university. Paper presented at The Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Chapman, D.N.J. (2009, February). Using a multimedia technology character to engender a play-based medium for learning. Paper presented at The Association for the Study of Play (TASP), Brownsville, TX, USA.
Simieou, F., Graves, S. L., Chapman, D.N.J. (2009, February). Administrators’ perceptions of home visits. Paper presented at National Association of African American Studies Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.
Chapman, D.N.J. (2009, February). The One-2-One Experience: Empowering the parent while increasing children with special needs’ communication in the home and clinic. Paper presented at Sixth Annual Sam Houston Council for Exceptional Children Conference: Meeting the Needs of All Learners, Huntsville, TX, USA.
Chapman, D.N.J. (2008, November). Research-based early literacy strategies for young children with Down Syndrome. Paper presented at Tool for Life Conference, Houston, TX, USA.
Chapman, D.N.J. & Crawford, C.M. (2008, July). Supporting social meanings and constructs within social communities of learning: Living dictionaries focused upon enhancing learner understandings related to tacit and explicit knowledge within a communicative learning environment. Paper presented at Third International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Monash University Centre, Prato, Tuscany, Italy.
Chapman, D.N.J. (2008, February). Using PulpMotion videos as instructional anchors for pre-service teachers learning about early childhood special education. Paper presented at Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Educational Technology Research Symposium, Austin, TX, USA.
Chapman, D.N.J. & Perkins, K. (2007, November). Storybook reading from the margins and the middle: A multi-sensory, culturally responsive teaching approach to storybook reading. Paper presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference and Expo, Chicago, IL, USA.
Chapman, D.N.J. (2007, October). Using video technology to enhance preservice teachers’ understanding of key aspects of effective teaching in early childhood special education settings. Paper presented at Rice University’s Language Resource Center (LRC), the Technology Division of the Center for the Study of Languages and broadcasted internationally on internet live stream webcast, Houston, TX, USA.
Chapman, D.N.J. (2007, June). Focusing the fidgeting during storybook reading: Using sign language, song, and non-verbal gestures as a multi-sensory instructional tool in early childhood inclusive settings. Paper presented at Fourteenth International Conference on Learning, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Chapman, D. N. J. (2000). Accessing information from the Web. Paper presented at Alliance Conference for Historically Minority Colleges and Universities’ Special Education Faculty, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Johnson, D. N. (1998). Developmentally appropriate use of computer technology in preschool classrooms. Paper presented at the Nashville Area Conference of the National Association of Education of Young Children, Nashville, TN, USA.
AWARDS / HONORS / PRESS
2016, Monash University Faculty of Education Dean’s Award Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Innovative Teaching).
2008, December UHCL autism clinic showing success. The Journal of Pearland, Retrieved from: http://www.hcnonline.com/articles/2008/12/26/pearland_journal/news/12-25…
2008, January School of education faculty spotlight: Instructional Technology, Retrieved from: http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/SOE/Programs/Instructional_Technology_MS/Newsletters/Current_Issue#FacSpot
2008, Instructional Technology Program in Action, Technology Research Symposium, Retrieved from: http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/SOE/Programs/Instructional_Techn…
2007 Minnie Stevens Piper Award Nomination (For outstanding teaching), University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, USA
1997 Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
1994 American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Student of Excellence Award, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA
1993 National Science Foundation Fellowship – Clinical Neuropsychology Research Internship, University of Virginia Medical School, Department of Psychology—Neuroscience Division, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA