Performing Arts for Educators - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Performance assessment (40%) , Portfolio (60%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This is the first of two Arts Education units. It introduces The Arts Learning Area subjects of Dance, Drama and Music and positions The Arts in a cultural context. The value and role of The Arts in children’s developmental growth and education is elucidated. The centrality of inquiry-based and praxis-led learning in dance, drama and music, that emphasises creative thinking, self-expression, meaning-making and communicating ideas, is explored. Performing-arts praxis, reflection and appreciation activities provide experiential learning opportunities designed to promote personal confidence, arts literacy and presentation and communication skills in the performing arts. Within a lifelong learning framework, direct experience and personal investment in arts learning is intended to develop content knowledge (Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, Standard 2 -- know the content and how to teach it). In addition, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s Curriculum Specification 1 (psychology and child development), 2 (Education and curriculum studies), 3 (early childhood pedagogies) and 4 (family and community contexts) are acknowledged.

Please note that students will be required to video their drama, music and dance performances.

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

  1. demonstrate understanding of The Arts as cultural enterprises in terms of their significance and role in life, society and education
  2. apply the principles of authentic arts engagement through experiential learning in dance, drama and music education where the emphasis is on creative thinking, self-expression, meaning-making and communication of ideas
  3. summarise the research evidence about the ways The Arts contribute to children’s developmental growth; and promote positive outcomes for children from a diversity of backgrounds, needs and learning styles
  4. demonstrate a foundation of arts literacy competency for teaching through a personal investment in performing-arts praxis, reflection and appreciation
  5. develop presentation and communication skills through dance, drama and music to become a confident and effective performer and communicator.
  • Performance assessment (40%)
  • Portfolio (60%)

Please note that you cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed EDE306 The Performing Arts in Early Childhood Education because they are considered academically equivalent.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Arts as forms of praxis for exploration, creation and expression
2Why are the arts valued in education? Research and rationale
3What are authentic learning experiences in the arts? Children's developmental growth and education through arts engagement
4What is meaning-making in the arts? - Drama literacy - concepts and skills
5Narrative and self-concept. Story telling in Drama
6Drama as making and responding
7What is meant by creativity and self-expression? Music literacy - concepts and skills
8Singing and its cultural significance - song writing
9Percussion - Performing, recording and sharing your song
10Kinaesthetic knowing. Dance literacy - concepts and skills
11Dance and diversity. Critical review of a dance performance
12Choreographing, performing and reflecting

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Delivering Authentic Arts Education with Student

    By:Dinham, Judith

    ISBN: 9780170368827


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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