2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
EDUC3015 Children's Literature in Education
20 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Dr Lucy Taylor
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryIn this module students will read a variety of literature written for children, including picture books, novels for younger children and fiction for teen and young adult audiences. There will be a focus throughout the module on the ways that children and childhood are represented in the texts being studied, and on the ways that the texts develop and foster literacy skills in young learners. The module will include discussion and debate about the ways that children's literature has been used in formal and informal education settings and critical analysis of the relationships between literature, literacy and learning.
ObjectivesThis module integrates the study of children's literature with the study of childhood and children's literacy learning. By studying literature written for children from early years to young adult the module focuses on the ways that children and childhood are represented in contemporary and classic literature for children. Children's literature is situated within the social and cultural context in which it is produced, and the module analyses the ways that children's literature reflects social constructions of childhood. Constructions of childhood are implicit in education systems, and by analysing the role of children's literature in the classroom and the curriculum, this module examines the relationships between children’s literature and the development of literacy skills in children. The key objectives of the module are:
- To explore social and cultural aspects of children's literature
- To analyse the literacy skills supported and developed by children's texts
- To interrogate the role of classroom practice and curricular requirements in relation to children's literature
On completion of this module students should:
- Demonstrate knowledge of a range of children's literature including picturebooks, multimodal texts, classic and contemporary writing for children, young adult fiction
- Be able to identify constructions of childhood implicit in the texts and relate this to understanding about ideas about children and childhood
- Demonstrate understanding of formal and informal literacy learning developed through different texts for children
- Evaluate the ways that children's literature is used to develop literacy skills from Early Years to the beginning of secondary education
- Synthesise a range of ideas and perspectives about children's literature and its place in formal and informal education
- Have developed writing skills necessary to produce a clearly structured academic journal article.
Literature and learning in the early years; becoming a reader
- Visual and textual literacies through multimodal texts, language development and comprehension, representation of childhood in picture books, literacy in early years settings, literacy in homes and communities
Developing skills; middle childhood and the primary years
- Classic and contemporary children's novels, literacy skills supported and developed through texts, contrasting representations of childhood, uses of literature in primary classrooms, learning in informal contexts
Moving on; fiction for teens, curriculum and classroom literacies
- Classic and contemporary fiction for teen/young adult audiences, challenging ideas and growing up, debates about literature in the curriculum, the literary cannon and learning for exams
|Independent online learning hours
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyStudents will be required to prepare and review learning resources available on the VLE independently prior to and following up lectures and seminars.
In private study they will be expected to undertake reading of 8-12 children's literature texts which are part of the module and to read critical literature surrounding those texts. Up to six of the texts will be children's novels.
In preparation for the module assignment they will need to do independent research to enable them to choose texts which are apprpriate to the task and engage in further reading from the literature.
Students will be allocated study groups in which they will undertake tasks in between lectures.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackSeminar discussions will ensure that students' understanding of the lecture material is sound and well developed. Peer discussion and informal presentation during seminars will reflect depth of understanding and consolidate new theories and ideas. Student progress will be monitored in seminar discussions and contribution to lectures.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|5000 word journal article
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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