Sharon Murphy

Professor

PhD. (Educational psychology) - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; M.Ed. (Early childhood education) - University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB; B.A. (History) - Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's. NL; B.A.(Ed.) (Psychology) - Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's. NL

Location(s) / Contact Info:

213, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 66120

Email: smurphy@edu.yorku.ca

Website: Changing Literacy

Available to supervise graduate students

Biography

Sharon Murphy began her teaching career in Newfoundland and Labrador where she taught special education for several years. After completing her Masters degree in early childhood education at the University of Alberta, she took a position with the Newfoundland Department of Education's Learning Centre. Her responsibilities there required her to travel throughout the province undertaking educational assessments requested by school districts, parents, or other stakeholders. She pursued doctoral studies at the Unversity of Arizona with a major in educational psychology (child development) and a minor in literacy education.  Sharon returned to the Department of Education in Newfoundland and was the principal author of a provincial guide for children with difficulties in reading and writing.  In 1988, she accepted an appointment in the Faculty of Education at York University and has served as Director of the Graduate Program as well as Associate Dean of the faculty of Graduate Studies.  She has also been co-editor of Language Arts, a journal of the National Council of Techers of English.

Scholarly Interests

Current interests are assessment, literacy educaton and early childhood education

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education - Bachelor of Education

    Courses Taught

    • Language & Literacy in the Junior-Intermediate Divisions (ED/EDJI 1000)
    • Language & Literacy in the Primary-Junior Divisions (ED/EDPJ 1000)
    • Literacy and Culture (ED/EDUC 3600)
    • Oral Language Discourse in the Classroom (GS/EDUC 5300)
    • Play, Language and Learning (GS/EDUC 5550)

    Selected Publications

    Selected Presentations

    • Murphy, S. (2014, May 28). Playing with Assessment Discourse. Presented at: Canadian Society for Studies in Education, St. Catherines, Ontario
    • Murphy, S. (2012). Ethically based literacy assessment within a new literacy framework. Presented at: Global Conversations in Literacy Research.
    • Murphy, S. (2012). Gambling on goodness: Can educational assessment ever be good enough? . Presented at: Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education Annual Conference, Waterloo, ON
    • Murphy, S. (2010). Ethically based literacy assessment within a New Literacy framework. Presented at: Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education Annual Conference, Montreal, PQ

    Professional Affiliations

    York University Affiliations/Cross Appointments

    Service/Community Activities