Dr. Tara-Lynn Scheffel

Dr. Tara-Lynn Scheffel
Associate Professor / Schulich School of Education
Full-time Faculty
BA, Brock University
BEd, Redeemer University
MEd, University of Western Ontario
PhD, University of Western Ontario
Areas of Specialization:

​Literacy Teacher Education; Literacy Engagement; Early Childhood Learning; Children’s Literature

Research Interests:

​My research interests are primarily literacy-related with a focus on student engagement during literacy events, including a consideration of what invites and/or excludes learners from learning opportunities. Through my research, I aim to give stronger voice to students and teachers in educational research. Related interests include: literacy teacher education; community-based literacy initiatives; children’s literature; intergenerational literacy opportunities; early childhood learning; and qualitative research ethics.

Current & Future Research:

Exploring Literacy Teaching and Learning Opportunities within a Summer Literacy Camp21st Century LiteraciesExpanding Conceptualizations of Literacy Engagement: Student and Teacher Perceptions



Scheffel, T. (Forthcoming). Tell Me With Pictures: Grade Eight Students’ Digital Representations of Engagement in Learning. McGill Journal of Education.

Scheffel, T., Cameron, C., Dolmage, L., Johnston, M., Lapensee, J., Solymar, K., Usher-Speedie, E., & Wills, M. (2018).The Journey of a Collaborative Children’s Literature Book Club for Teacher Candidates. Reading Horizons, 57(1), 1-14.

Related Teaching Resource:Teaching With and Through Children's Literature: A Resource of Teaching Ideas Compiled in Conjunction with a Children's Literature Book Club for Teacher Candidates (2016)

Scheffel, T. (2016). Individual Paths to Literacy Engagement: Three Portraits Revisited. Brock Journal, 25(2), 53-70.

Scheffel, T. (2016). Becoming Literacy Leaders: Teacher Candidates Initiate a Community-Based Literacy Program. Language and Literacy, 18(1), 130-147.

Scheffel, T. (2015). The Heart of the Matter: Exploring Intergenerational Themes in Children’s Literature. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 13(2). 167-181.

Scheffel, T. (2013). Strategy: Collaborative Reading of a Shared Book: Promoting Family Literacy in the Community. In Booth, D., I've Got Something to Say: How student voices inform our teaching (pp. 116-119). Markham, ON: Pembroke Publishers.

Scheffel, T. (2009, 2013). Teacher Wisdom: Tara-Lynn Scheffel and Phonics. In Bainbridge, J., Heydon, R., and Malicky, G., Constructing Meaning: Balancing Elementary Language Arts. (5th. Ed.) (p. 298). Toronto, ON: Nelson Education.

Scheffel, T. (2013).Portraits of Home: Working in Community Day Care Homes in New Brunswick. LEARNing Landscapes, 7(1), 283-299.

Scheffel, T. & Booth, D. (2013). Towards Literary Growth and Community Participation: Lessons Learned from a Shared Book Experience in One Northern Ontario Community. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, 21(2).

Scheffel, T. (2012).Individual Paths to Literacy Engagement: Three Portraits. Brock Journal, 21(2), pp. 3-21.

Scheffel, T. (2011).Who am I? Who are you? Negotiating a researcher identity. Language and Literacy, 13(2), 54-65.

Hibbert, K., Scheffel, T., Rich, S. & Heydon, R. M. (2011). Orchestrating expertise in reading and writing. Education 3-13, 1-13.

Scheffel, T. (2010). Community Day Care Homes. A Professional Curriculum Pamphlet for the New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care (English).

Scheffel, T. (2009). Valuing Children’s Roles in Research on Literacy Engagement. In L. Iannacci and P. Whitty (Eds.), Early Childhood Curricula: Reconceputalist Perspectives (pp.143-166). Detselig Press.​

Ashton, E., Stewart, K., Hunt, A., Nason, P., Scheffel, T. (2009). Play and Playfulness. A Professional Support Document for the New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care (English). ​