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Margaret Mackey

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Research Interests: Reading processes, Interpretive approaches to print, graphic, digital, and media texts, Children’s and young adult literature, Popular culture and young people, Commodities and merchandising for youth

Margaret Mackey

School of Library and Information Studies (Secondment to Dept. of Secondary Education 2009-2010)

3-20 Rutherford South, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2J4

1-780-492-2605 (W)
1-780-436-6268 (H)
Fax: 1-780-429-2430
Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor - School of Library and Information Studies

  • Reading, media and computers
  • Literacy
  • Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • Commodities and merchandising in children's literature

  • 2009-2001 Killam Annual Professorship, University of Alberta
  • 2007 Graduate Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
  • 2006-2007 McCalla Research Fellowship, University of Alberta
  • 1999 Coutts-Clarke Research Fellowship, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Subject areas and related deposits

  • Subjunctive mode

    • Stepping into the Subjunctive World of the Fiction in Game, Film and Novel.

      The concept of the subjunctive mode provides a useful key in exploring narrative comprehension in different media. This article reports on a study in which twelve undergraduates, working in groups of three, read a novel, watched a movie, and played a digital game. Analysis of transcripts of their responses reveals that the role of the subjunctive in their developing awareness of the story is an element that crosses media boundaries and allows forms of cross-media comparison.

  • Textbooks

    • The Constancy of the School ‘Canon’: A Survey of Texts Used in Grade 10 English Language Arts in 2006 and 1996

      This article reports on a 2006 survey of texts used in Grade 10 English language arts classes in Edmonton, Alberta. The survey uses the same instrument as a previous 1996 survey and provides comparative data from a section of the same pool as participated in 1996. In terms of the most popular titles, there has been very little change during that decade. To Kill a Mockingbird and Romeo and Juliet continue to be the most widely taught texts by a considerable margin. Texts taught in only one class show more variability. Reasons for the striking constancy of the title list are considered.