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EDO3472 Reading the Visual in Children's Literature

Semester 1, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Shauna Petersen
Moderator: Tonia Chalk


Knowledge of the role of art and illustration in both an historical and contemporary context, provides a framework in which to examine the media and techniques used by illustrators of children's books. Such knowledge and examination has the dual purpose of providing for a more critical and informed approach to firstly, the selection, prediction and reading of children's literature in educational contexts and secondly, to potential illustrators of children's picture books.


The historical development and role of art and illustration in children's literature will be studied along with the media and techniques used by illustrators. Critical study of the roles of and relationship between the illustrative and written text and the development of skills for social critical analysis of illustrative text will provide a further context in which to examine historical development, role, media and techniques of illustration.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. knowledge of the media and techniques used by illustrators of children's literature ( Essay 1 and Essay 2)
  2. an understanding of the book design, production and publishing process (Essay 1 and Essay 2)
  3. an understanding of the role of illustration as text (Essay 1 and Essay 2)
  4. an ability to analyse illustration in terms of its historical and socio cultural origins ( Essay 2)
  5. the ability to explain how the ideologies perceived in the illustrative text are conveyed via media, design and technique. (Essay 1 and Essay 2)
  6. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (All assessments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. The changing role of illustration in children's literature: illustration as text 25.00
2. The book design and publishing process 25.00
3. Media and techniques used by illustrators 25.00
4. Critically reading illustrative text 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Anstey, M & Bull, G 2000, Reading the visual: written and illustrated children's literature, Harcourt, Sydney.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Anstey, M 2002, It's not all black and white: postmodern picture books and teaching new literacies, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, vol. 45, pp. 444-457.
    (Available electronically from the USQ Library.)
  • Kress, G & van Leeuwen, T 2006, Reading images: the grammar of visual design, 2nd edn, Routledge, London.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 1 40 40 09 Apr 2012
ESSAY 2 60 60 28 May 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the studentsí responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.