Linking Literature: Learning to Teach Children's Literature using 'real world' bookclubs

By Sharyn Jameson.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

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“Linking Literature”, is an innovative program for first year higher education students, comprising social learning through “real world” book clubs. This program provides the professional knowledge requirements for education students but notably its strategies require purposeful interaction with peers and, in so doing, promotes social inclusion for first year students. “Linking Literature” uses real world bookclubs featuring small group reflective learning to encourage positive relationships and confidence in first year pre-service teachers. Underpinned by social learning theory (Vygotsky, 1978) and a “real world” learning framework (Jameson, 2009), “Linking Literature” was developed as an innovative process to acquire literary knowledge and inspire aesthetic appreciation of literature using real world, social learning as a vehicle for pre-service teachers at an Australian university. This paper reports on the program and draws on case study data from students participating in the program. Data from questionnaires are interspersed throughout this article to illuminate students’ experiences in the program and positive changes to reading attitudes. Whilst the program was devised for education students, the social learning strategies are generalizable across faculties to foster relationships and confidence amongst first year students in higher education.

Keywords: Higher Education, Social Learning, Curriculum, Teaching Literature, Pedagogy

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 22, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.13-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 18, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 651.373KB)).

Dr. Sharyn Jameson

Senior Lecturer, English/Literacy, Faculty of Education, Strathfield Campus, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, NSW, Australia