Creative and Media Arts in Early Childhood
Create arts education programs that will enthral and engage early childhood learners. Plan out lessons and activities. Put play-based learning strategies to the test. Mix your focus across arts disciplines like dance, music and visual arts.
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- 01 Jun 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- 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
- 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
- design and implement a play-based arts learning experience that is developmentally appropriate and reflects authentic arts learning principles and safe practices
- evaluate a child’s learning based on the cyclic process of observation, assessment and responsive planning using a learning story documentation
- 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.
- The child at the centre. Arts education in the context of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: The Arts
- The nature of arts experiences and the fundamental role that arts-based learning experiences play in young children's growth and development
- Belonging: How children tell their stories through the arts. Designing arts learning experiences that explore belonging in the cultural world of arts practice
- Being: How children explore their world through the arts. Designing sensory exploration and observations through the arts
- Becoming: How children imagine their future selves through the arts. Designing arts learning experiences based on interpretation, metaphor and imagination
- Curriculum-based planning: Foundation to Year 3
- Observation-based planning within a learning advancement cycle
- Monitoring, documenting and assessing learning. "Learning Stories" as narratives of learning
- Arts pedagogies: Learning environments, purposeful play and intentional teaching
- Arts pedagogies: Dialogues for learning built around 'Arts Making' and 'Arts Responding' experiences
- Arts pedagogies: Stewardship of a safe, ethical and engaging learning environment that supports diverse children's developing agency as individual learners
- Partnerships and life-long learning strategies for effective educators
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
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Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, Access to video creation and editing software
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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- Exercises (50%)
- Presentation (50%)
It's Arts Play: Young Children Belonging, Being and Becoming Through the Arts
Dinham, J. and Chalk, B.