UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

EDUC5511 Learning with Young Adult Fiction

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit examines how young adult fiction can be used to strengthen subject area knowledge, to build reading comprehension, critical literacy and intercultural and ethical understandings. It explores the important role of young adult fiction in the lives of young people today, its dominant genres, and the ways it can be used to develop key curricula knowledge and cross curricula priorities. By the end of the unit, students will understand how young adult fiction can be used to implement curricula outcomes in areas such as English, Humanities, Science and Art; develop specialist knowledge of a number of texts; and have acquired knowledge of learning programs, teaching activities and learning resources.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify and interpret key genres and trends in young adult fiction; (2) understand and analyse the suitability of young adult fiction for particular curriculum areas; (3) examine and evaluate the relevance of texts for particular curriculum areas; (4) critique ways that young adult fiction can be used to build reading comprehension and critical literacy skills; (5) reflect upon and use specific texts to develop curriculum area content knowledge, skills and values; and (6) evaluate and develop learning programmes and construct learning activities and resources including ICTs and other learning technologies.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) investigate and critique relevant young adult fiction; (2) construct learning programme including two lesson plans; and (3) workshop and online participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the investigate and critique relevant young adult fiction, construct learning programme including two lesson plans, and workshop and online participation components of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Jennifer Shand
Contact hours One weekly two hour workshop including online participation for 10 weeks
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5511/SEM-2/2017
Texts

There are no set textbooks for this unit. Students will need to purchase a collection of young adult fiction texts.


  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.