Dr Di Laycock is Head of Information Services at The King’s School in Sydney. She also holds the position of President of the School Library Association of NSW. For many years, Di has been a passionate advocate for graphic novels in schools through presentations and publications both locally and overseas. Her doctoral research, completed in 2017, explored secondary English teachers’ experiences with graphic novels as classroom texts.
A significant finding of Di’s doctoral research into secondary English teachers’ experiences with graphic novels, and one well-supported by the literature, was that participants recognised the educational value of graphic novels and were more than willing to use them in the classroom.
Di will highlight the nuances of the graphic novel metalanguage and, in doing so, empower attendees to lead and support the use of graphic novels as classroom texts.
While Di will be using graphic novels that are targeted at secondary teachers/students, primary teacher librarians and teachers are encouraged to attend to gain an understanding of graphic novel metalanguage and how elements of graphic novels work to create meaning.
To explore more about our online meetup or to register, please visit https://slansw.net.au/event-3819747