Deanna C. C. Peluso

Research Affiliate – MODAL Research Group

Email: dia@dccp.ca        
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Deanna Peluso

Biography

Deanna C. C. Peluso is a Research Affiliate with MODAL Research (Multimedia Opportunities, Diversity and Artistic Learning) and Research for Youth, Music and Education (RYME), and the former (2010-2015) Project Manager. Deanna holds a doctorate in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University, and continues to contribute to research investigations of young innovative learners within our contemporary world, in which digital and social media have propelled young people, educators, researchers, and the larger community, to engage in communication, learning, and interacting, in ways contrasting with any other generation. Deanna’s main research interests have been directed at better understanding young people’s daily lives, in how they are 1) connecting both digitally and socially, 2) fostering self-directed learning associated with informal learning practices and self-regulation, and 3) harnessing the potential and affordances of multimodal meaning making and digital literacies for communication and expression using a variety of technologies and digital media.

During Deanna’s doctoral research (Dissertation: Exploring a Framework for Understanding Young Innovative Learners Engaged in Musical Activities in a Technologically Evolving Age), she engaged in exploratory research on the extent to which young music learners were exhibiting 21st century learning and innovation. The overall aim was to help identify the constructs and interrelated areas that characterize innovative learners from their own perspectives and within the context of their own musical lives to inform both research and practice. Deanna’s research plans are to build on her existing research, to investigate young people’s lives as a whole, moving beyond young people’s interest only on musical activities, but a comprehensive focus on all their daily activities, which are intrinsically infused with digital and social media, that are important and of interest to the youth themselves, as well as of interest or importance to their teachers, parents, and community. Ultimately, Deanna intends to pioneer future research to provide a comprehensive picture of how youth are engaging in musical and creative learning experiences during their daily lives, while fully utilizing the mediums that youth are intuitively using to express themselves and communicate both in personal and virtually (e.g., iPhones, Apple Watches). Her research is unique in its innovative and relevant approach to current and emerging educational, cultural, and societal issues, as it utilizes the changing technological nature of contemporary society, building upon 21st Century paradigms that harness digital media application within research and practice. Deanna’s diverse project management and research background compliment her practical experience as a composer, artist, musician and gaming enthusiast.

Education

Date Degree Program University
2015 Ph.D. Doctorate in Education – Arts Education Simon Fraser University
2008 M.Ed. Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies University of Victoria
2006 B.A. in Psychology B.A. in Music Composition Simon Fraser University

Awards and Fellowships

Date Award Faculty University
2013 Graduate Student Research Award Dean of Graduate Studies Office Simon Fraser University
2012-2013 Simon Fraser University President’s PhD Scholarship Dean of Graduate Studies Office Simon Fraser University
2012-2013 Simon Fraser University Graduate Scholarship Dean of Graduate Studies Office Simon Fraser University
2012-2013 Vancouver East Rotary Graduate Scholarship in Education Dean of Graduate Studies Office Simon Fraser University
2011-2012 Graduate Fellowship PhD Faculty of Education Simon Fraser University
2006 Student Service Award (Summer) School for the Contemporary Arts Awards Simon Fraser University
2006 Student Service Award (Fall) School for the Contemporary Arts Awards Simon Fraser University
2005 Student Service Award (Spring) School for the Contemporary Arts Awards Simon Fraser University
2004 Student Service Award (Summer) School for the Contemporary Arts Awards Simon Fraser University

Scholarly Contributions

Scholarly Publications:
  • Peluso, D. C. C. (2014). Musical learning within a multimodal and participatory digital age: Issues for educational practice. In S. O’Neill (series ed.) Music and Media Infused Lives: Music Education in a Digital Age, Vol. 6. CMEA Biennial Book Series: Research to Practice. Waterloo, Ontario: Canadian Music Educators’ Association.
  • O’Neill, S. A. & Peluso. D. C. C. (2013). Exploring music, digital media and multimodal literacies through dialogue in higher music education. In P. Burnard (ed.) Creativities in Higher Music Education: International Perspectives and Practices (pp. 142-162). London, Routledge.
  • Peluso, D. C. C. (2012). The fast-paced iPad revolution: Can educators stay up to date and relevant about these ubiquitous devices? British Journal of Educational Technology, 43(4), 125-127. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2012.01310.x
  • Peluso, D. (2012). Informal and participatory cultures in music education: Pitfalls and possibilities. SFU Educational Review, 5(Fall 2012).
  • O’Neill, S., Peluso, D., & DeLong, I. (2011). Building a participatory culture for online dialogue. Canadian Music Educator, 52(4), 27-30.
Paper Presentations (Selected conference highlights):
  • Peluso, D. C. C. (2015). Capturing music and multimodal media engagement in the daily lives of youth through iOS (iPhone/iPad) Apps. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Hawaiian International Conference on Education (HICE), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, January, 2015.
  • Peluso, D., & O’Neill, S. A. (2014). Using iPads and Digital Media Composing to Enhance Music Educational Experience and Instructional Practice. Paper presented at the symposium on Developing Diverse Creativities in Higher Music Education, 31st ISME World Conference On Music Education, Porte Alegre, Brazil, July 2014.
  • Peluso, D., & O’Neill, S. A. (2014). Reflection on action: A study of transformative music engagement through children’s creative collaborative song writing. Paper presented at the symposium on Transformative Music Engagement: New Perspectives On Motivation and Music Learning (Symposium Convenor: S. O’Neill), 31st ISME World Conference On Music Education, Porte Alegre, Brazil, July 2014.
  • Peluso D. C. C. (2014). Music and multimodal media engagement in the daily lives of youth through an iPhone/iPad App. Poster presented at the 31st ISME World Conference On Music Education, Porte Alegre, Brazil, July 2014.
  • Peluso. D. (2013). Using iPads for creative collaboration in a graduate arts education program: Exploring digital media and music learning opportunities through dialogue as a part of Developing Multimodal and Digital Media Literacies Through the Arts Symposium. The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Conference, Victoria, BC. Language and Literacy Researchers in Canada Special Interest Group.
  • O’Neill, S., Peluso, D., Senyshyn, Y., Cobb, G., Sparks, J. & Gillis, A. (2013). MODAL Research – Engaging in Multimedia Opportunities, Diversity and Artistic Learning. Learning Together: Engaging the World Conference, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, May 18th 2013.
  • Peluso, D. & O’Neill, S. (2013). Interconnected music learners: Digital media and shaping identities in an age of music convergence cultures as a part of The Young people’s transformative music engagement in today’s digital age Symposium. The 8th International Research in Music Education (RIME) Conference, University of Exeter, April 9-13, 2013.
  • Peluso, D. (2013). Informal music learning, media literacy and participatory cultures within education. 11th Annual Hawaiian International Conference on Education (HICE), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, January, 2013.
  • Peluso, D. (2013). Ubiquitous technologies and multimodal learning: How music educators can identify and embrace the inherent knowledge gaps and barriers to become expansive learning opportunities. 11th Annual Hawaiian International Conference on Education (HICE), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, January, 2013.
  • Peluso, D. & O’Neill, S. (2012) Music and media infused lives – Exploring young people’s interactive use of media and informal music learning. Music Learning: Benefits for the 21st-century Learner Conference, Centre des Congrès de Québec, University of Laval, Quebec, CA, November 2012.
  • Peluso, D. & O’Neill, S. (2012) Ubiquitous and Interconnected: Adolescent Multimodal Experiences and Engagement with Music and Digital Media as a part of the Adolescents’ Experiences of Music, Media and Popular Culture: Exploring Contexts, Engagement, Emotional and Personal Meanings Symposium. 14th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, CA.
  • Peluso, D. & O’Neill, S. (2011) An exploratory study of media convergence culture and crowd-sourced learning in youth music as a part of the Youth Artistic Participatory Culture and Music Engagement: Implications for Curricula and Expansive Learning Symposium. The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Conference, New Brunswick, CA.
  • Peluso, D. (2011) A “deaf” society in a musical world: Contemplations of awareness. 9th Annual Hawaiian International Conference on Education (HICE), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
  • O’Neill, S., & Peluso, D. (2010) Media convergence culture: Exploring young people’s musical worlds. The Media Literacy Conference 2010, London, UK.
Conference Proceedings:
  • Peluso, D. (2011) A “deaf” society in a musical world: Contemplations of awareness. In proceedings for the 9th Annual Hawaiian International Conference on Education (HICE), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
  • O’Neill, S. & Peluso, D. (2010) Media convergence culture: Exploring young people’s musical worlds. In proceedings the The Media Literacy Conference November 2010, London, UK.