Children's Literature K-6

Examining the importance of literature
Develop a greater understanding of the practical and theoretical issues surrounding the use of literary texts in today's classrooms.

Offered in a blended learning mode, this module will require you to complete 10 hours face-to-face and 10 hours reading or online activities.

You will examine:

  • the critical role that literature can and should play in the lives and imaginations of young children and adolescents (K–6)
  • the importance of children's personal, aesthetic and socially critical responses to literary texts
  • the role of literary texts in developing particular kinds of literacy practices.

We will explore questions such as: What are the characteristics of quality literary texts? How does new media impact on narrative?

This module will involve discussion of your 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.

Session outline

  1. The role of the arts in learning and literature as an artform 
  2. Choosing quality literary texts for the classroom 
  3. Responding to literature 
  4. Literature and the Australian Curriculum 
  5. Exploring visual literacy through picture books


Each module costs $770* per person including GST. Individual schools or communities of schools that have a minimum of 20 participants and a venue for the workshops can contact us to discuss a reduced rate.


Registrations are currently closed.

Please check our calendar for details of our scheduled conferences, short courses and workshops.



Professor Robyn Ewing


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