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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 and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.

Course description Not entered
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
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  55
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 11/01/2021
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment
Participants will be required to produce a practice-based assignment of approximately 4000 words (100% of the assessment) presented in two parts. In part 1 (2500 words) they will be expected to discuss and evaluate critical literature that theorises aesthetic works such as fiction, film or multi-modal artefacts, and apply this to a systematic examination and critical analysis of a particular text. The second part (1500 words) is related to embedding a critical literacy approach to teaching the text examined in Part 1, and exemplifying this by the design and analysis of a lesson or series of lessons (up to 5) based on this text. The outline of the lesson should be presented in an appendix with target level of learners, objectives and LOs, stages and timings. This outline should be annotated and clearly cross-referenced with the analysis presented in Part 2, which should address the rationale for the lesson design, justification and theoretical underpinnings for the chosen text, methodology, activities and intended outcomes and an evaluation of the proposed lesson(s).

The assignment will be marked in line with the common postgraduate marking scheme set forward in the Taught Masters Generic Handbook, which students receive at the start of their studies and which is available online.

Formative assessment will be provided on the basis of a 45 m-n group micro-teaching task (in learning sets of five), with oral feedback from peers and tutor. Written feedback will be given by the tutor on individual reflective blogs following the micro-teaching.

Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. * read/watch and reflect critically on a variety of texts from all over the world as a resource for language education and intercultural learning
  2. * consider, analyse and question the theorising of written, multimodal and hybrid texts from picture books to graphic novels, poetry, fiction and film
  3. * understand and evaluate critically the key debates within the theorising of such texts
  4. * reflect critically on literature and artefacts from different cultures and countries
  5. * evaluate the pedagogy of teaching text 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, relevant theories of literacy in relation to teaching texts
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Lecture and Workshop
Charteris Land 4.04
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Madeleine Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)51 6044
Course secretaryMrs Moira Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6206
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