Subject details

  • Topics
    • Unit overview What constitutes the arts in early childhood? The nature of creativity
    • The arts as symbol systems
    • Arts literacies, bodies of knowledge, the importance of metalanguage
    • Music: musicking in early childhood, musical elements, repertoire (birth-3 yrs)
    • Music: musical development, generative approaches to planning, repertoire (3-5yrs)
    • Music, approaches to planning and authentic assessment, children's voices in assessment, effort actions and embodied symbols
    • Drama: forms and conventions of drama, dramatic play in early childhood
    • Drama: working in role: process drama
    • Drama: pathways into drama: finding the pretext
    • Visual Arts: ways of knowing - disrupting dichotomies, histories and tensions in visual arts, education, image(s) of the child in teaching
    • Visual arts: graphic languages & symbolic meaning making
    • Visual arts: questions of creativity, the role of the teacher, the environment, resources and materials, time
    • Reflections and connections: integration, connection and guaranteeing integrity
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Wikis

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

  1. demonstrate a critical appreciation of the expert body of knowledge focusing on the arts in early childhood.
  2. demonstrate a sound understanding of the ways in which young children use art forms to explore, create and communicate about their worlds.
  3. critically analyse and reflect on materials, processes and repertoire that underpin creative arts learning experiences in early childhood.
  4. demonstrate specialist expertise in facilitating a range of creative arts learning experiences with young children.
  • Assignment 1 - Applied task (1500 words) (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Reading journal (2000 words) (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Critique (1500 words) (30%)

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

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-ECEX828

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as ECEX828 Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives.

This subject focuses on the pivotal role of the arts in early childhood, particularly in the domains of music and movement, visual arts, and drama. Students are provided opportunities to enhance their capacity to use diverse resources that underpin high quality arts education. The subject provides a forum through which to critique contemporary issues in arts education, drawing on current research in early childhood and allied fields. Students will investigate current specialist pedagogies as a basis for developing personal approaches to the provision of early childhood arts education.

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