Children's Literature – Module 1

2012 SEMESTER TWO | Blended mode (10 hours face-to-face at hub school + 10 hours reading/online activities)

Hub school
Belmore South Public School | Tuesdays: September 4 and 11; October 16, 23 and 30 | 4–6pm

Bill Spence & Professor Robyn Ewing

Literature is often overlooked as an art form. This module examines the critical role that literature can and should play in the lives and imaginations of young children and adolescents (K–12); the importance of children's personal, aesthetic and socially critical responses to literary texts; and the role of literary texts in developing particular kinds of literacy practices.

In this module we will explore a range of questions including:

  • What are the characteristics of quality literary texts?
  • What are the practical and theoretical issues surrounding the use of literary texts (picture books, novels, short stories, poetry) for children and adolescents in today's primary and secondary classrooms?
  • How does new media impact on narrative?

This module will involve discussion of participants' wide and close reading of a range of children's literature and of the recent theory and research relating the characteristics of such texts to the classroom practicalities of literacy pedagogy.

Blended mode in-school session outline
Session 1: The role of the arts in learning and literature as an art form
Session 2: Choosing quality literary texts for the classroom
Session 3: Responding to literature
Session 4: Literature and the Australian Curriculum
Session 5: Exploring visual literacy through picture books

Postgraduate credit value
0.5 of EDPG5011

Fees & registration
$500 per person (GST inclusive) per module | Registration closed

Teachers may elect to redirect their professional experience mentoring payment towards the cost.

Upon completion of both modules that make up each unit of study, an additional fee applies when participants wish to take up postgraduate credit transfer, bringing the cost in line with standard school postgraduate unit of study fees.

For more information contact
Nina Goodwin | T: 02 9351 6329 | E:

NSW Institute of Teachers Registered Professional Development
NSWIT Course Code TBA. This course will be endorsed as Institute Registered professional development for maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence. Please provide your 6-digit Institute Number when you register if relevant.