Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • Arts as forms of praxis for exploration, creation and expression
    • Why are the arts valued in education? Research and rationale
    • What are authentic learning experiences in the arts? Children's developmental growth and education through arts engagement
    • What is meaning-making in the arts? - Drama literacy - concepts and skills
    • Narrative and self-concept. Story telling in Drama
    • Drama as making and responding
    • What is meant by creativity and self-expression? Music literacy - concepts and skills
    • Singing and its cultural significance - song writing
    • Percussion - Performing, recording and sharing your song
    • Kinaesthetic knowing. Dance literacy - concepts and skills
    • Dance and diversity. Critical review of a dance performance
    • Choreographing, performing and reflecting
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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


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

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

This is the first of two Arts Education subjects. 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.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Performance assessment (40%)
  • Portfolio (60%)

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