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Education (Critical Approaches to Children's Literature) PGCE entry only is no longer accepting new applications.

This thematic course concentrates on a wide range of fiction for children, including the "classics", texts for very young readers, international literature and novels for young adults. Close textual study and the history of children's literature are embedded within the course, on which students will also be expected to engage with some of the key debates in the field and to consider a range of theoretical perspectives – from Romanticism to reader-response theory; gender issues to posthumanism; historical studies to new historicism; sociocultural viewpoints to semiotics – as well as examining critically views of young readers and their reading choices.

The course is organised to include four modules: Texts, Contexts and Childhood; Perspective on Children's Literature; Visual Texts; and Texts and Readers. It is assessed through two essays and a thesis, each designed to be personally rewarding as well as professionally enlightening and intellectually challenging: a theorised reading autobiography, focusing on texts for children with particular reference to changing constructions of childhood; an empirical study of children responding to a selected visual text; and a thesis on a topic of the student's own choosing, which may be either a purely literary study or a small empirical research project. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies; and
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the PGCEM to PhD or EdD are required to achieve a mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

Key Information


1 year part-time

Master of Education

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
May 31, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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