The Creative and Expressive Child 2

Subject 460-528 (2008)

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Credit Points: 6.250
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville, On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours
Total Time Commitment: 62.5 hours total commitment
Prerequisites: 460-523 The Creative and Expressive Child 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Robert Brown
Subject Overview: This subject engages teacher candidates in extended practical and theoretical studies based on learning about and through visual arts, drama, movement and music in early childhood. Topics focus on how to design, implement and evaluate an arts-centred unit of work suitable for young children, informed by theoretical knowledge of project-based learning, multiple literacies and arts-centred pedagogies. Case study analyses and on-site visits support the study of the arts in diverse contexts and the varied purposes and roles of arts making and responding. Teacher candidates engage in their own arts processes and reflect critically and creatively on these using a range of technologies that will extend their knowledge of creative media and techniques appropriate for young children. Practice-led workshops provide opportunities for individual and collaborative projects to illustrate how teacher candidates engage, guide, scaffold and assess children’s creative expression in an arts-centred curriculum.
Assessment: There are 2 assessment tasks: A group plan and presentation (equivalent to 500 words) due as scheduled (40%) An individual Arts Portfolio (equivalent to 1500 words) due end of semester (60%)
Prescribed Texts: Collection of readings
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject teacher candidates will be able to:

  • Convey knowledge and practical skills in drama, movement, visual arts and music suitable for use with young children;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary research related arts-centred pedagogies, inquiry-based learning and multiple literacies;
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate pedagogical issues significant to arts-based teaching and learning;
  • Identify, map and critically reflect on effective early childhood arts practices including the design of an aesthetic environment;
  • Demonstrate a practical knowledge of arts-centred pedagogies, media, techniques and processes that support young children’s learning and development;
  • Demonstrate an ability to diagnostically plan an arts-centred curriculum that responds to the developing needs and interests of young children;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in inquiry-based learning;
  • Reflect critically and creatively on arts experiences observed and undertaken and during professional placements.

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and present their ideas and beliefs using words, images, sounds and gestures;
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through creative learning strategies;
  • Develop research skills in collecting, processing, interpreting and applying data;
  • Work effectively in teams and develop organisational and social competencies;
  • Be responsible, resilient and self-regulating;
  • Articulate personal ideas with confidence;
  • Develop critical reflection strategies that inform a personal and social values base.

Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Teaching (Early Years)
Master of Teaching (Early Years)

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