Dernikos, Bessie P.
Florida Atlantic University
Bessie P. Dernikos is an assistant professor of literacy and language arts at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Her research interests connect to two interrelated projects: examining the literacy processes of young children in urban contexts, with a focus on the material, discursive, and affective forces that impact language and literacy learning; and rethinking normative literacy practices in order to foster cultural, linguistic, and gender diversity.
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