EDEM607-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)

Contemporary Issues in Literacy Education

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course explores different theoretical perspectives on literacy and how they relate to contemporary practice and research. It examines the theoretical, historical and political aspects of curriculum development in the teaching of literacy. It includes an exploration of current teaching and learning practices and processes relevant to the area. An analysis and critique of the development and use of and approaches to text is integral to the course.

This course is primarily self-directed with study guides and readings. It is asynchronous, meaning that as long as you submit the assignments at the time required you can work through the materials at the pace that suits you. There are opportunities for online participation and engagement, but these are optional.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse major theorists’ contributions to the understanding of the development of reading and writing from early childhood to adolescent.  
  • Critically analyse a range of relevant pedagogical practices for literacy in New Zealand using current research;
  • Identify and discuss key assessment issues in NZ;
  • Critically examine social and cultural issues relevant to literacy achievement and outcomes (e.g., gender, culture, ethnicity, SES and ESOL);
  • Critically evaluate research in an aspect of reading that is relevant to your own teaching or interests.


Subject to approval of the Head of School



Course Coordinator

Alison Arrow


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay on literacy development and intervention 24 Apr 2023 50%
Literature Review on an issue of your choosing 06 Jun 2023 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Stuart, Morag , Stainthorp, Rhona; Reading development & teaching ; Sage Publications, 2016.

Recommended Reading
Hempenstall, K., & Buckingham, J. (2016). Read about it: Scientific evidence for effective teaching of reading. Australia: Centre for Independent Studies.

Pressley, M. & Allington, R.L. (2015). Reading instruction that works: The case for balanced literacy instruction (4th ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All EDEM607 Occurrences

  • EDEM607-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)