Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. use a metalanguage for discussing how images construct meanings and operate in different social and cultural contexts
  2. develop a metalanguage for discussing how images interact with language and other modes of communication
  3. evaluate how multimodal texts and environments for children support learning and literacy development
  4. develop a deep understanding of how to promote the development of critical visual and multimodal literacy in children from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds through multimodal texts and environments
  5. demonstrate a sound understanding of recent research literature on visual communication, multimodality and multimodal learning and literacy
  6. develop their own critical multimodal literacy by engaging in effective academic English writing and multimodal communication in written assignments, presentations and online interactions with peers.
    • Introduction to the unit
    • Reading images - 1
    • Reading images - 2
    • Reading images - 3
    • Ideologies of childhood in advertising and children¿s literature
    • Picture books: genres and themes
    • Picture books: visual-visual and visual-verbal relations in children¿s picture books
    • Children reading picture books
    • Analysing 3D objects: toys and kinetic design
    • Analysing 3D spaces for children
    • Analysing hypermedia spaces for children
    • Analysing children's interaction with hypermedia
    • Reflections on learning from this unit
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Blog
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

MAQ-ECHX600-Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy , or MAQ-ECEX600


Admission to the Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years) or permission of Executive Dean of Faculty

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as ECEX886 Multimodality and Early Childhood.

This subject explores multimodality – the role of images and their interaction with language and other modes of communication – in early childhood. The initial focus is on visual representations of children and childhood in advertising and popular culture. This equips students with a variety of critical concepts and provides a context for analysing relations between different modes in multimodal texts and environments for children, including interactive and traditional picture books, e-games, websites, apps, toys and toy stores, educational policy documents, museums, and early childhood settings. 

  • Critical comparison essay (20%)
  • Report and presentation (40%)
  • Applied task (30%)
  • Online postings (10%)

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