Dr Fiona Maine is the Project Coordinator and Principal Investigator for DIALLS. Her research expertise focuses on dialogue and multi-literacies, examining in particular the affordance of visual texts to promote high-level thinking and dialogue as children co-construct meaning. She is the author of Dialogic Readers: children thinking and talking together about visual texts. Fiona has taken part in several international projects, most recently a 2-year British Academy/Leverhulme project investigating the role of dialogic a/symmetrical interactions among peers in diverse, multimodal reading situations in primary classrooms in the UK and Mexico. She is a co-convener of the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research (CEDiR) group and has worked extensively with teachers to support the development of their dialogic practice, with particular regard to extending literacy practices to include multi-modal text forms.
In addition to DIALLS project co-ordination, Dr Maine leads the work package related to the selection and analysis of Cultural Texts (WP2) and leads the Cambridge team as they research in schools.