This programme is the only programme in Scotland dedicated to children’s and young adult’s literature as a primary resource and a field of academic study. You will develop a specialisation that is highly valued in professions such as education, library services and children’s media.
• MEd: 12 months full-time; 24/36 months part-time
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• The programme gives you the opportunity to take a literary and critical stance to well-loved texts, as well as to contemporary authors whose texts push the boundaries of children’s literature.
• The programme takes into account new developments in the production of texts for children using multimodal forms and digital technologies.
• You will also discuss recent theories of language and literacy development and consider how they can be supported by traditional and multimodal texts for children.
• You can balance your study commitments with a full-time role, and tailor research projects to provide the maximum relevance and benefit for your work.
You will take five core courses, one optional course and produce a dissertation based on a specialised topic.
• Reframing language, literature and literacies for 21st century life
• Texts for children: from the printing press to virtual reality
• Introduction to educational and social research
• Modern educational thought
• Children's literature and literacies: critical enquiry
• Professional enquiry.
• Texts for diversity: language across learning for children with English as an additional language
• Texts for children: visual and multimodal
• Further options may be drawn from courses offered on the MEd in Educational Studies.
Background and Aims
This is a new programme and is currently the only Masters programme in Scotland that focuses on Children’s Literature and Literacies. The programme has been designed to introduce participants to the potential of Children’s Literature studies and critical literacies building on any previous experience participants may have either as a student or a professional. It has also been designed to take into account new developments in the production of texts for children through multimodal forms and digital technologies.
Scotland is an ideal place to study children’s literature and literacy. This country is the birthplace of many famous writers who have published for children such as Robert Louis Stevenson, James Barrie, George McDonald and Naomi Mitchison and of award-winning contemporary children’s authors such as Mairi Hedderwick, Theresa Breslin, Cathy Forde, and Joan Lingard. Scotland has also been adopted by current authors such as J. K. Rowling, Julia Donaldson, Anne Fine and Nicola Morgan.
Who is the programme for?
This programme is designed for for specialists with an interest in education, library services, English and Scottish Literature and others focused on a professional and academic perspective in children’s literature and literacies. It includes an educational research core, allowing students to conduct research projects in work and future study. Because of the likely ongoing professional duties of many course members, courses are designed for completion mainly through Saturday study days or evening and online activities.
What will you get from this programme?
From this programme students will gain:
• A chance to extend knowledge by developing a critical awareness of children’s and young adult literature as a primary resource and a field of academic study;
• A space for developing and evaluating appropriate methodologies for research-based enquiry in your chosen specialist area;
• Opportunities to reflect on changing literacy practices and approaches to textual analysis and how these impact on current pedagogical policy and strategy;
• Practise in dealing with complex issues related to the field which will enable you to demonstrate initiative and actively contribute to the communities in which you work;
• Preparation for further academic study.
This programme is an excellent source of professional development if you’re already working in education, library services and children’s media, or are looking to move into these areas.
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.