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Postgraduate Course: Teaching texts across borders - from picture books to teenage fiction and film (EDUA11206)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe literature and film produced by a society for its children and young people are worthy of investigation because they reveal much about a society's ideology, aspirations and the complex relationships between text and reader.

This course is suitable for both practising teachers and for others with an interest in children's literature and children's film. The course will give participants the opportunity to investigate the way in which text - of any kind - is situated in socio cultural readings. Participants will have the opportunity to investigate and discuss the relatively recent burgeoning of theory in relation to children's texts; they will develop an understanding of and be able to analyse the different polemics within this area and they will develop an understanding of the relationship between this aspect of studying text and related areas within childhood studies. Students will further come to understand that young people are subject to an unregulated mass of information from a variety of different kinds of text from which they have to make meaning and that teachers can enable them to do this by teaching from a critical literacy perspective. Students will have the opportunity to investigate methods of teaching text in order to help young people become effective contributors in school and in society. Students will also consider the links between literacies and social inclusion.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students are required to purchase the core texts marked in bold and the selected children's literature.
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Lecture and Workshop
9.00am-12 noon
Group 1: Charteris 4.4
Grp 2: Charteris 5.3
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 200, Revision Session Hours 2, Other Study Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Successful completion of the course will allow participants to:

* read/watch and reflect critically on a variety of texts for children and young people from around the world
* consider, analyse and question the theorising of children=s texts from picture books to texts for young adults, fiction and non-fiction and film
* understand and evaluate critically the key debates within the theorising of children's texts
* reflect critically on children's literature from different cultures and countries
* evaluate the pedagogy of teaching text, how this has changed over time and the importance of discussion in the classroom in relation to this area of the curriculum and the development of habitual, critical readers
* understand and be able to demonstrate in their thinking and / or practice, theories of critical literacy in relation to teaching language texts
* analyse the relationship between children=s literature and popular culture and reflect on ways in which this relationship can be used in the classroom to develop young people's aesthetic and critical understanding

Assessment Information
Participants will be required to produce an assignment of approximately 4000 words in which they will be expected to discuss and evaluate critical literature which theorises either children's literature or film, and link this to a systematic examination and critical analysis of a particular children's text or texts.

In discussion with the tutor it will be possible to make this assignment more practice-based and related to embedding a critical literacy approach to teaching text.

To meet the general standards expected of postgraduate work, participants will need to display:

* knowledge and understanding of concepts
* knowledge and use of the literature
* that any investigation they have conducted in the course of their assignment has been planned and implemented competently
* that the assignment is written in an appropriate, clear, coherent manner

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Study Abroad Not entered
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Course organiserMrs Lynne Pratt
Tel: (0131 6)51 6425
Course secretaryMrs Moira Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6206
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