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Center Graduate Students: Sonia Kline


Sonia Kline is a Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Language and Literacy program, specializing in Writing Studies.

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Biographical Statement

Originally from England, after teaching K-8 children, and working as a technology coordinator, in schools in Canterbury, Budapest, and New York, I am now a doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Language and Literacy program, specializing in Writing Studies. The scholarly life that I embrace is, in many ways, different from my previous experience; however, my central goal remains constant: the creation of dynamic learning communities where every individual is valued, engaged, and successful. My research interests evolve from points where issues of literacy, learning, and technology converge. For instance, my early research project focused on teachers’ perceptions of a summer writing institute that features digital literacies as central to its program. As I expand my work, I intend to examine other spaces to explore how teachers and their students perceive and practice literacies, both in and outside of the classroom, with a particular focus on digital literacies. My interest is not merely in teachers’ professional development and technology. My concern is with what it means to be “literate” in the world of yesterday, today, and tomorrow – and how teachers, official sponsors of literacy for their students, stay connected to this world.

Research Interests

Digital literacies, multimodal composition, teacher professional development, response in Web 2.0 spaces

Positions Held

As a graduate research assistant, I work with a multidisciplinary team of scholars and technology experts, lead by Bill Cope, with the goal of creating a multimodal semantic web processing space that will transform student assessment (


Vojak, C., Kline, S., Cope, B., McCarthey, S., Kalantzis, M. (in press). New spaces and old places: An analysis of writing assessment software. Computers and Composition.

Cope, B., Kalantzis, M., McCarthey, S., Vojak, C., & Kline, S. (in press). Technology-Mediated Writing Assessments: Paradigms and Principles. Computers and Composition