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Subject details

  • Topics
    • The child at the centre. Arts education in the context of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: The Arts
    • Being: Designing sensory exploration and observations through the arts as part of young children's development, learning and identity formation
    • Belonging: Designing arts learning experiences that explore belonging in the cultural world of arts practice as part of young children's development
    • Becoming: Designing arts learning experiences as ways of knowing, meaning-making and communication of ideas as part of young children's development
    • Safe, ethical learning context; Practical preparation and pedagogical approaches to support and document learning
    • Learning stories and evaluating a child's learning using a cyclic process of observation, assessment and responsive planning
    • Productive relationships and dialogues for learning in the arts
    • Inclusive education - diversity and differentiated learning
    • Planning play and/or inquiry-based arts learning programs
    • Partnerships and life-long learning strategies for effective educators
    • Reflection
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment

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

  1. examine the features and implementation of authentic arts education practices with reference to the international literature, the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum
  2. demonstrate a competent standard of arts literacy (dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts) sufficient to implement authentic, inquiry and play-based learning experiences for young children
  3. design and implement a play-based arts learning experience that is developmentally appropriate and reflects authentic arts learning principles and safe practices
  4. evaluate a child’s learning based on the cyclic process of observation, assessment and responsive planning using a learning story documentation
  5. create an inquiry-based sequence of lessons in accordance with the Australian Curriculum; the arts principles and content that presents challenging learning opportunities for a nominated age group.
  • Assignment 1 - Exercises (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Presentation (50%)

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 subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject prepares early childhood educators to design and implement authentic arts education programs in early childhood education and care settings. Play-based learning principles will be applied to this design process and experiences will be developmentally appropriate. An inquiry approach that encompasses the development of arts literacies across the Creative and Media Arts curriculum is taken.

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