The conference Fostering Dialogue. Teaching Children's Literature at University, being held ONLINE 19 to 21 November 2020, is the first international online conference. Registration is open to anyone interested in the field of teaching children's literature in university settings.
Much has been written about the historical undervaluing of children’s literature and research. While there is considerable scholarly work concerning the teaching of children’s literature in primary and secondary classrooms, there has been relative silence about how and what we teach in this field at university level. This conference will break this silence by providing a forum for perspectives on teaching children’s literature at tertiary institutions from around the world.
This conference reflects the importance of the growing discipline of children’s literature in tertiary contexts, both benchmarking and supporting the development of effective pedagogical practices.
This conference builds on the IRSCL 2019 panel Breaking the silence: Teaching children’s literature at tertiary level which was held in Stockholm on 16th August 2019. During that panel, scholars from around the world shared approaches to teaching children’s literature and it was clear that there was strong interest in the topic, and a thirst for further discussion. This conference creates a space for wider and deeper discussion about how we teach children’s literature in university settings. It aims to foster dialogue and collaborations among children’s literature scholars from different disciplines and contexts.
There are plans three plenary sessions within the programme.
The first panel will bring together four perspectives on the teaching of children's literature (Education, Literature, Librarianship and Language teaching), recognizing that where we are located in the university influences our teaching. Each panelist will discuss distinctive aspects of their perspective on teaching children's literature, its affordances and challenges. This panel will allow us to start our conference acknowledging the different perspectives from which we approach the teaching of children's literature.
The second panel will focus on how children's literature is taught online, because so many university professors are now teaching online due to the pandemic. Many of us have been forced to move to teaching online but without experience in how to design effective online courses in children's literature, which are typically focused around books and highly interactive. In this panel we will learn from those who have extended experiences using online instruction to teach children's literature.
The last plenary session in the programme will be a General Assembly or Town Hall meeting for all conference participants. This final session is a chance for all participants to reflect on our learning and ways forward in the development of our scholarship and our teaching of children's literature in universities. Participants will share key insights and issues that have emerged from the conference through both chat and in-person discussions, as well as to consider the implications for the future of our field and scholarship. We look forward to meeting you and fostering dialogue about the way we teach children's literature at universities.
To register and for further information, please go to this link www.childrensliterature-unipd.it