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Dr Franco Vaccarino

Senior Lecturer

School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

Senior Lecturer in Cross-Cultural Communicaiion, School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

Visitiing Professor, North East Normal University (NENU), Changchun, China, School of Foreign Languages and School of Education.

Visiting Professor, University of Georgia (USA)

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  • Location: 2.11, Social Science Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Cross-cultural communication

Friendship formation across cultures

Adult literacy

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Cultural Studies (200200): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (200209)

Keywords

Cross-cultural Communication

Adult Literacy

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0
Team Member 0 2

Completed Projects

Project Title: Literacy & Employment

Researchers from the Adult Literacy and Communication Research (ALCR) Group at the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University, in partnership with the Wanganui District Library, undertook a major longitudinal research project funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, focusing on adult literacy and employment in Whanganui and Districts. Through a series of interlinked research projects we aimed to achieve the following four objectives: 1. To establish adult literacy needs of both employed and unemployed in Whanganui and Districts region. 2. To identify the social, attitudinal and economic barriers to adult literacy, numeracy and analytical thinking skills of employed and unemployed in Whanganui and Districts. 3. To evaluate how effectively adult literacy programmes secure employment outcomes. 4. To examine adult literacy learning processes and their relationship to employment. The Whanganui project group added their own further objectives, specific to gaining tangible benefits for Whanganui. These included: 1. Achieving positive, tangible and practical outcomes for the Whanganui community, with a well-researched plan of action for medium-long term 2005-2015 to address identified issues relating to literacy 2. Establishing a database of meaningful, relevant information relating to the links between literacy and employment in Whanganui and identify links to other social issues e.g. crime, health, and housing; and providing benchmarks to measure future progress 3. Developing collaboration between agencies within the Whanganui region, to strengthen the community and social infrastructure for future work and projects 4. Building the research capacity within Whanganui.
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Date Range: 2004 - 2007

Funding Body: Foundation for Research, Science & Technology

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Vaccarino, F., Kavan, H., & Gendall, P. (2011). Spirituality and religion in the lives of New Zealanders. The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society. 1(2), 85-96 Retrieved from http://www.comongroundpublishing.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Kavan, H., Vaccarino, F.
Vaccarino, F., & Comrie, M. (2010). Pathway to rehabilitation - prisoners’ use of a public library. Australian Library Journal. 59(4), 169-179
[Journal article]Authored by: Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F.
Murray, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., Neilson, D., Watson, B., & Sligo, F. (2008). Teaching beyond literacy: The challenge faced by literacy practitioners. The International Journal of Learning. 15(7), 37-45 Retrieved from http://ijl.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.30/prod.1837
[Journal article]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Vaccarino, F., Murray, N., Comrie, M., Sharp, C., & Sligo, F. (2007). Fostering an action research project to promote family learning in a New Zealand primary school. The International Journal of Learning. 14(8), 235-243 Retrieved from http://ijl.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.30/prod.1484
[Journal article]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Vaccarino, F., Syder, M., Comrie, M., Murray, N., & Sligo, F. (2007). Stepping through the looking glass: A vocational literacy action research project focusing on self-reflection. New Zealand Journal of Adult Learning. 35(2), 61-77
[Journal article]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Vaccarino, F., Culligan, N., Comrie, M., & Sligo, F. (2006). School to work transition. International Journal of Learning. 13(8), 69-81
[Journal article]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Murray, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., & Sligo, F. (2006). Adult literacy providers and lifelong learning. The International Journal of Learning. 13(2), 169-176 Retrieved from http://ijl.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.30/prod.999
[Journal article]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., Sligo, F., Murray, N., & Tilley, E. (2006). Adult literacy and employment in Wanganui: An initial exploration of the dimensions. New Zealand Journal of Adult Learning. 34(1), 48-68
[Journal article]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.

Book

Vaccarino, F., Comrie, MA., Murray, N., Sligo, F., & Tilley, E. (2013). Daring to define literacy in the 21st century.. In A. Pandian, CLC. Ling, D. Tan Ai Lin, J. Munlandy, LB. Choo, & T. Chwee Hiang (Eds.) New literacies: Reconstructing language and education. (pp. 1 - 19). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Vaccarino, FA., & Comrie, M. (2013). Exploring the interconnections between literacy, education, employment and the library in a prison’s self-care unit. In A. Pandian, C. Liew Ching Ling, D. Tan Ai Lin, J. Muniandy, L. Bee Choo, & T. Chwee Hiang (Eds.) New literacies: Reconstructing language and education. (pp. 318 - 332). Newcastle, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F.

Report

Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Murray, N., Comrie, M., & Vaccarino, F.(2010). Modern apprentices' literacy learning: A formative evaluation.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Murray, N., Watson, B., Comrie, M., & Vaccarino, F. (2010). Modern apprentices literacy learning: A formative evaluation. Department of Labour.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Vaccarino, F., Murray, N., Comrie, M., Franklin, J., & Sligo, F. (2009). A case study exploring the interconnections between literacy, employment and the library in Wanganui Prison's self-care units: The Wanganui adult literacy and employment project. Department of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Watson, B., Neilson, D., Murray, N., Dempsey, B., Sligo, F., Comrie, M., . . . Vaccarino, F. (2007). Literacy provision and employment: Perspectives of secondary school teachers, employers, and adult literacy practitioners. Department of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Sligo, F., Watson, B., Murray, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., & Tilley, E. (2007). Lifelong literacy: Issues of strategy. Department of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., Fountaine, S., & Watson, B. (2007). Media literacy information in New Zealand: A comparative assessment of current data in relation to adults. Broadcasting Standards Authority.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Fountaine, S., Vaccarino, F.
Vaccarino, F., Comrie, M., Murray, N., & Sligo, F. (2007). Action research reflections: The Wanganui adult literacy and employment project. Department of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Tilley, E., Sligo, F., Shearer, F., Comrie, M., Murray, N., Franklin, J., . . . Watson, B. (2007). Voices: First-hand experiences of adult literacy learning and employment in Wanganui. Department of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Tilley, E., Comrie, M., Watson, B., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Franklin, J., . . . Vaccarino, F. (2006). Perspectives of adult literacy learners 2004-2006: A report from the adult literacy and employment programme. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Comrie, M., Tilley, E., Neilson, D., Murray, N., Sligo, F., & Vaccarino, F. (2006). The wider voice: Wanganui community perspectives on adult literacy and employment 2005-2006. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Vaccarino, F., Comrie, M., Murray, N., & Sligo, F. (2006). Action research initiatives: The Wanganui adult literacy and employment programme. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Neilson, D., Culligan, N., Watson, B., Comrie, M., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F., . . . Franklin, J. (2006). Perspectives of Wanganui employers and providers of adult literacy services 2005-2006: A report from the Wanganui adult literacy and employment programme. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., Culligan, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., & Franklin, J. (2006). Common threads: A report for the Wanganui community on the first stages of the adult literacy and employment programme. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Franklin, J., Murray, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., Sligo, F., & Tilley, E. (2006). Wanganui's enhanced task force green: Opportunities for those seeking work. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Murray, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., & Franklin, J. (2006). Tipping points: Nodes of change for adult literacy and employment. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Sligo, F., Culligan, N., Comrie, M., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F., & Franklin, J. (2006). In their own words: Policy implications from the Wanganui adult literacy and employment research programme. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Franklin, J., Olsson, S., Comrie, M., Sligo, F., Murray, N., Tilley, E., . . . Vaccarino, F.(2005). Wanganui and districts employers' perspectives on literacy and employment. New Zealand: Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.

Conference

Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Murray, N., Comrie, M., & Vaccarino, F. (2008). Place, people and voice: Creating and communicating expressive content via cartoons. Communications, Civics, Industry: Referred Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2007. (pp. 1 - 9). Australia: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association [ANZCA] Conference: Communications, Civics, Industry
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Sligo, F., Tilley, EN., Culligan, N., Comrie, MA., & Vaccarino, FA. (2007). Place people and voice: creating and communicating expressive content via cartoons. Proceedings of Australian New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference.
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Vaccarino, F., Sligo, F., Comrie, M., & Murray, N. (2007). Adult literacy education: Pathways to citizenship in personal communities. In A. Pandian, & M. Kell (Eds.) Literacy: Diverse Perspectives and Pointers for Practice. Proceedings of LITCON 2007: International Conference on Literacy. (pp. 340 - 353). Malaysia: LITCON International Conference on Literacy 2007: Literacy and Citizenship: Pathways to Sustainable Education
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Sligo, F., Patrick, S., Comrie, M., Dempsey, B., Harrison, G., Murray, N., . . . Vaccarino, F. (2007). Community and university research: Consultation and collaboration. In International Adult Literacy Conference: Programme and Abstracts Online(pp. 2 - 2). , International Adult Literacy Conference New Zealand: Workbase Ltd
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F.
Murray, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., Sligo, F., & Tilley, E. (2007). Challenges of adult literacy teaching: Views of training providers and their students. In E. Gray, & L. Emerson (Eds.) Proceedings of the Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium 2006. (pp. 105 - 118). New Zealand: Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.Edited by: Emerson, L.
Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., & Murray, N. (2007). Learning from and with the community: Creating methodology in the adult literacy and employment project. In E. Gray, & L. Emerson (Eds.) Proceedings of the Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium 2006. (pp. 68 - 79). New Zealand: Tertiary Writing Network Coloquium
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Vaccarino, F.Edited by: Emerson, L.
Vaccarino, F., Murray, N., & Comrie, M. (2007). Cogitating on our roles as collaborators in participatory action research community-based projects. In E. Gray, & L. Emerson (Eds.) Proceedings of the Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium 2006. (pp. 213 - 223). New Zealand: Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Vaccarino, F.Edited by: Emerson, L.
Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Murray, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., & Franklin, BJ. (2007, January). Picturing words: Illustration-based research feedback to persons of low literacy. Presented at 10th International Symposium on Social Communication. Santiago de Cuba.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Culligan, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., & Franklin, BJ. (2007). Picturing words: Illustration-based research feedback to persons of low literacy. In LR. Miyares, AM. Alvarado, & CA. Moreno (Eds.) ACTAS 1: X Simposio International Comunicacion Social. (pp. 168 - 172). Cuba: 10th International Symposium on Social Communication
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Murray, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., Sligo, F., & Tilley, E. (2006, December). Challenges of adult literacy teaching: Views of training providers and their students. Presented at Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium. Napier, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., & Murray, N. (2006, December). Learning from and with the community: Creating methodology in the adult literacy and employment project. Presented at Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium. Napier, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Vaccarino, F.
Vaccarino, F., Murray, N., & Comrie, M. (2006, December). Cogitating on our roles as collaborators in participatory action research community-based projects. Presented at Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium. Napier, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Vaccarino, F.
Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., & Murray, N. (2006). Learning from and with the community: Creating methodology in the adult literacy and employment project. In Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium 2006: Programme and Abstract Book(pp. 50 - 50). , Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium 2006 New Zealand: Tertiary Writing Network
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Vaccarino, F.

Other

Vaccarino, F., & Comrie, M. (2012, May). Public libraries and prisoner rehabilitation. In Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F.
Sligo, FX., Murray, NS., Watson, B., Comrie, MA., Vaccarino, FA., & Tilley, EN. (2009, May). Apprentices literacy learning. In Department of Labour. Presented at Wellington, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Sligo, FX., Tilley, EN., Comrie, MA., Murray, NS., Vaccarino, FA., & Watson, BJ. (2009, November). Two worlds: Modern apprentices and the chasm between trade and literacy aspirations. Presented at Massey University, Wellington, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F.
Comrie, M., & Vaccarino, F. (2006, March). Adult literacy and employment in Wanganui. In ZONTA, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F.
Culligan, N., Comrie, M., & Vaccarino, F. (2006, April). FRST literacy and employment programme: Participant interview findings. In Ag Challenge Staff. Presented at Wanganui, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Vaccarino, F.
Comrie, M., Culligan, N., & Vaccarino, F. (2006, February). FRST literacy and employment programme: Participant interview findings. In Land Based Training staff. Presented at Wanganui, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Comrie, M., Murray, N., Vaccarino, F.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Ro-Ann Smith - PhD
    Determinants of Trust in the Consumer Decision Making Process: A Look at the Utilisation of Mental Health Services by Immigrants in New Zealand
  • Ackim Mwape - PhD
    Strengthening the integrity and sustainability of Zambia’s national parks system

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