Course Information
SchoolEarly Childhood Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorMelpomeni Kanatsouli
Course ID80003411

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Early Childhood Education (2012-today)

Registered students: 100
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreOrientation CourseWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students are able to know many children's books and at the same time the relevant theories of children's book criticism. So, in addition to the experience they acquire as readers of children's books (necessary for their work in Kindergarten) they are trained in critical and interdisciplinary management of texts for children.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course focuses on 1) showing how the child acts as a reader of literary texts 2) how the young child appears as a hero of literary stories 3) what are the procedures for identifying the reader with the heroes of literary stories for young children 4)what are the basic structural elements of literary stories for young children and the literary genres for them. Specific issues addressed: Emotions and first conflicts: Families and young children. Big problems for little heroes. Authoritarian relations and small literary characters Loss, disorder, mourning in books for young children Violence in books for young children Trauma. Holocaust and Children's Literature. Diversity and disability in children's books for preschool children. Child and play in children's literature Literary young child and art. What is children's literature for young children? Reader-player The narrative elements of the texts for children. Plot, characters, theme, structure, perspective and narrator, backdrop. Intertextuality. Fairy tale Folk tale: definition, characteristic types of folk tales, structure. The psychoanalytic approach to fairy tales. Features of the Greek folk tale. The storytellers in Greece. History of fairy tales. The value of the fairy tale. The modern or art fairy tale Short story Illustrated children's books and picturebooks Knowledge books
reader, reader as player, folktale, short story
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment582.3
Written assigments502
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Κανατσούλη Μ. Μυστικά, ψέματα, όνειρα και άλλα: Λογοτεχνία αναγνώστες προσχολικής και πρώτης σχολικής ηλικίας, University Studio Press, Θεσσαλονίκη 2014. Κανατσούλη Μ. Εισαγωγή στη θεωρία και κριτική της Παιδικής Λογοτεχνίας, University Studio Press, Θεσσαλονίκη 2018 (3η έκδοση).
Additional bibliography for study
Σπινκ Τ. Τα παιδιά ως αναγνώστες (μτφρ. Κ. Ντελόπουλος), Καστανιώτης, Αθήνα 1990. Χαντ, Π. Κριτική, θεωρία και Παιδική Λογοτεχνία (μτφρ. Ε.Σακελλαριάδου & Μ.Κανατσούλη), Αθ'ηνα, Πατάκης 1996. Hunt, Peter (επιμέλεια). Κατανοώντας τη Λογοτεχνία για παιδιά (μτφρ. Χ. Μητσοπούλου), Μεταίχμιο, Αθήνα 2006. Γαβριηλίδου Σ. Το σύγχρονο επάγγελμα του κλασικού ήρωα, University Studio Press, Θεσσαλονίκη 2008. Γαβριηλίδου, Σ. Εκδότες βιβλία παιδιά, University Studio Press, Θεσσαλονίκη 2018.
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