Check out two new resources for and opportunities to learn more about children’s literature in education:
Children’s Literature in English Language Education (CLELE Journal)
The May 2014 issue of the journal Children’s Literature in English Language Education (CLELE Journal) is now available!
According to their site, CLELE Journal “is a new, bi-annual, comprehensively peer-reviewed online journal for scholars, teacher educators and practitioners involved in using and researching children’s literature in the field of English learning as a second, additional or foreign language. The journal investigates children’s literature as an art form, and as a framework with which to connect L2 literature teaching across the school years. The scope covers the affordances of children’s literature for L2 acquisition with pre-school infants through to young adults.”
Highlights from the May issue include Ann M. Dolan’s article on using picture books to teach “intercultural issues” alongside English language literacy (“Intercultural Education, Picturebooks and Refugees: Approaches for Language Teachers”), and Janice Bland and Anne Strotmann’s “The Hunger Games: an Ecocritical Reading,” which applies the “intentionally interdisciplinary approach of ecocriticism” to Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular young adult novel in order to foster “creative language activities in the secondary ESL/EFL classroom and student teacher seminar.” Check out the May issue here!
CFP: “Imagination, Creativity, and Spirituality in Early Childhood Education”
The Efrata Education College in Jerusalem, Israel is calling for paper proposals for its conference, “Imagination, Creativity, and Spirituality in Early Childhood Education,” to be held on Sept. 15, 2014. Read the full CFP below:
“Today’s young children and their teachers have paid a heavy price for the academization of the early childhood curriculum. Reduction in play time and lack of attention to matters of imagination, spirituality, and creativity are the results of recent overemphasis on preparing children for first grade by teaching academic content in isolation from these significant dimensions.
This academic conference celebrates the importance of imagination, spirituality and creativity as crucial factors in the healthy development of young children everywhere. These factors represent a crucial component of the curriculum, suggesting the centrality of their contribution both to academic achievement and emotional and social well-being.
We aim to explore different aspects of these factors on a theoretical, empirical and practical level. Thus we seek both researchers as well as practitioners from Israel and abroad to present papers which address this concern from at least one of the three domains which form the core focus of the conference.
The Keynote address will be given by Professor Kieran Egan, Simon Fraser University, Canada on the topic: “Engaging children’s imaginations and emotions in learning.”
Amongst the topics to be discussed at the conference:
- The impact of imagination, spirituality and creativity on the learning, on achievements as well as upon the welfare and safety of the young child
- Evaluation of programs that emphasize one or more of these topics
- The Integration of these topics in early childhood centers
- The inclusion of external agents in the integration of imagination, spirituality and creativity in the early childhood education program
- Topics tangential to the above
The primary language of the conference will be Hebrew; however, English proposals will be considered. Those interested in presenting research or wishing to share projects in which they are involved, are invited to send in a proposal of 300 words. Please indicate whether a lecture presentation or workshop is preferred. Proposals will be accepted in Hebrew and in English. The proposal should include: a title as well as the names of the presenters and the academic institution to which they belong. The proposal should be sent to: email@example.com by June 15, 2014.”