Subject details

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

  1. describe and evaluate the principles of authentic forms of arts education with reference to the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care, and the Australian Curriculum
  2. within a lifelong learning framework, develop arts literacy and capability through personal investment in visual and media arts praxis, reflection and appreciation, to a foundational standard for teaching
  3. create programmes that reflect an understanding of child development, curriculum and arts learning processes within the ethos of sustainable, safe, functional, ethical, inclusive and culturally sensitive learning contexts
  4. appraise valid forms of integrating of the arts in children’s learning, developing partnerships and creating forms of arts advocacy for sustaining and invigorating arts learning
  5. plan and present arts activities that are developmentally appropriate and reflect authentic arts learning principles.
    • Educational principles and the language of art
    • Being in the world: sensory explorations and observations
    • Belonging in the world of art: Making connections
    • Becoming: Self-expression and communicating ideas
    • Children at the centre - Building relationships for educational growth
    • Integrated planning
    • Practical preparation and pedagogical approaches to support learning
    • Creating a culture of inquiry: Planning, observation, documentation, assessment
    • Creating the learning context for ongoing social and educational gains
    • Joining the dots: Policy and curriculum documents
    • Partnerships and life-long learning
    • Australian professional standards for teachers and advocating for the arts
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

CUR-EDC161-Performing Arts for Educators


You don't have to enrol in this subject if you have completed EDE202 The Creative Arts and Design in ECE as they are considered equivalents.

Special requirements

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    You will be required to locate a small range of art materials to complete activities.

Through engagement with Visual and Media Arts, this subject focuses on the principles, planning and delivery of authentic forms of arts education in early childhood settings. Inquiry-based learning that embraces creativity, self-expression, meaning-making and the communication of ideas is presented within a child development context. Planning for arts learning is examined within the framework of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care, and the Australian Curriculum; and organising programs, environment provocations and pedagogical documentation around a cyclic process of observation, study and responsive planning are practised. Integral to the subject are experiential learning opportunities designed to enlarge students’ understanding of the scope and nature of arts learning across the early childhood years; and also, to develop their own visual and media arts literacy to a foundational standard for teaching.

***You will be required to locate a small range of art materials to complete activities.***

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  • ePortfolio (50%)
  • Presentation (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

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