Postgraduate taught 

Children's Literature & Literacies MEd

Texts For Children: From The Printing Press To Virtual Reality EDUC5384

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to provide participants with an overview of the development of texts intended for children from the 18th century to the present day. Texts provide the organizational focus for exploring wider issues related to language and literacy learning.


Blended learning: 6 three hour sessions (Saturdays and twilights) plus 4 hours of online learning



1. Students will write a 3000 word critically reflective response on a close critical reading of a selected text intended for child readers (negotiated with class tutors). The selection of the text will be supported by Tutor and peer feedback from the author study presentation. - 75% (LO1-4)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide students with opportunities to:


Examine in detail a range of texts that illustrate the development (historical and current) of literature for children.


Evaluate their own assumptions, values and beliefs about texts that are intended for children.


Demonstrate awareness of how theories of children's literature illuminate concepts of childhood and texts.


Embedded within this module will be opportunities to:


Examine the links between children's texts and literacy and language learning and classroom pedagogies.


Evaluate and justify a range of pedagogical strategies appropriate for accessing and using children's texts in the 21st century classroom.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of how to analyse texts for children in relation to theories of childhood and historical and cultural factors and critical theory.


LO2 Challenge, question and expand their own values and attitudes towards texts intended for children and their use.


LO3 Review and evaluate how children's texts are used to promote and assess literacy and language development in the classroom.


LO4 Demonstrate an understanding of and concern for the potential of children's literature to address social and cultural issues impacting on 21st century life.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment. They must achieve 75% attendance and participate in required online sessions.