Teaching Arts in the Primary Years - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Presentation (50%) , Report (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit prepares pre-service teachers to teach the Arts in Primary schools through the five Arts curriculum areas. It explores authentic Arts education practices and inquiry-based learning approaches. It develops Arts literacy competence in pre-service teachers and considers safe and ethical teaching and learning environments.

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

  1. examine the features and implementation of safe and ethical learning environments in authentic arts education practices across the five arts subjects in The Arts Learning Area of the Australian Curriculum
  2. demonstrate a competent standard of arts literacy in the making and responding strands of the arts curriculum
  3. design and teach arts activities that reflect authentic arts learning principles
  4. evaluate arts teaching and learning using an improvement cycle framework
  5. create an inquiry-based sequence of lessons for an age group in accordance with the principles and content in the Australian Curriculum: The Arts.
  • Presentation (50%)
  • Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What are the features of authentic arts education practices and how are they reflected in The Arts Learning Area in the Australian Curriculum?
2A visual arts context for designing inquiry-based arts learning (making) experiences to stimulate creative thinking, imagination and self-expression
3A media arts context for designing arts responding experiences. (Dialogues for learning; cross-curriculum priorities and the arts in culture)
4Creating a safe and ethical learning environment and implementing effective teaching practice in the arts
5Inclusive education in a performing arts context (dance, drama, music)
6Addressing curriculum achievement standards: assessment of arts learning
7Addressing curriculum achievement standards: reflection, review and evaluation of arts teaching (Improvement cycle framework)
8The arts as experiential learning and ways of knowing
9Diverse learning experiences across the arts curriculum
10Planning an inquiry-based arts learning program
11Partnerships strategies for effective educators
12Life-long learning strategies for effective educators
13Review and Reflection

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

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