LLTED523-20B (NET)

Using Children's Literature in the Classroom

30 Points

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Division of Education
Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education


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: christine.stewart@waikato.ac.nz

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: alistair.lamb@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This course focuses on a range of theoretical perspectives to critically examine the way literacy texts are used in classrooms. The course builds on undergraduate offerings in children's literature and explores a number of topics related to the use of literacy texts in classrooms.
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Paper Structure

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This course is taught online using the Moodle platform.

When you are logged into the University of Waikato website, you can click on the Moodle icon, and then the code for this paper: LLTED523-20B(NET).

In the first six weeks of the paper we will be covering several topics of current interest in the field of children's literature. We will start with an introduction to the field, and then focus on a trio of current readings each week on the following topics: Theory of Mind, Gender Issues, Languages, and Immigration. We will also explore children's literature awards from around the world and expand our knowledge of international award winning children's literature. Thrice weekly online postings will contribute to a grade for Assignment 1.

In the second six weeks participants will choose a focus within one of the 4 topics introduced in the first half of the paper, and each week share summaries of two recent journal articles on this topic with your classmates. In this way you will build up your literature review for Assignment 3 of the paper.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the position and history of children's literature
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  • Develop a critical awareness of current issues in children's literature and their relevance to the classroom
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  • Critically explore recent research in children's literature concerning a specific topic of relevance to their teaching practice.
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  • Critically reflect on the place of international children's literature awards
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  • Develop skills in creating text sets for use in the classroom
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There will be THREE assignments for this course.

NB: All forms of assessment are compulsory.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Online postings (20%)
28 Aug 2020
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Report on creating a text set for use in the classroom (25%)
16 Aug 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
3. Literature review of current research (50%)
11 Oct 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Required readings will be found in the electronic reading list for this paper.

The link to this reading list will be given in Moodle.

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Other Resources

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Other reading

The following journals may be useful, particularly for Assignment 3:

  • Children's Literature in Education
  • Book Bird. An International Journal of Children's Literature
  • Reading Teacher
  • Language Arts
  • New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship
  • Australian Journal of Early Childhood
  • Australian Educational Research
  • International Research in Children's Literature
  • Journal of Children's Literature
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Online Support

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There will be online support via Moodle. Course readings will be available online.
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Around 300 hours in total is generally expected for a 30-point course.
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