Primary Arts Education

Subject 460-508 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: 125 hours total commitment
Prerequisites: None
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:


Mr Richard Sallis
Subject Overview: This subject presents the arts as a key learning area in primary education. Teacher candidates study teaching strategies and developmental learning in relation to children's education in the arts, with a particular focus on drama, music and visual arts. Teacher candidates will engage in theoretical studies and practical drama, music and visual arts workshops to inform their understanding and knowledge of the teaching of the arts in primary schools. Teache l. r candidates will develop a thorough understanding of VELS and the application of the sub-strands: creating and making, and exploring and responding to primary arts curriculum. The subject will focus on the skills required to design, implement and evaluate drama, music and visual arts programs for the primary school.
Objectives: On completing this subject, teacher candidates will:
  • Understand The Arts as a key learning area for children;
  • Have a knowledge of arts concepts and skills as they relate to the child’s development;
  • Understand the learning processes across the art forms of drama, music and visual arts;
  • Have a knowledge, understanding and skills needed to design, implement and evaluate arts learning programs for the primary curriculum; and
  • Have a knowledge of and be able to implement current primary curriculum and assessment policies.
Assessment: There will be assessment tasks in Drama (1300 words equivalent) 33%, Music (1400 words equivalent) 33% and Visual Arts (1300 words equivalent) 33%. Throughout the semester depending on the sequence arts study. Assessment tasks will include written assignments, performance project and folio.
Prescribed Texts: Collection of readings, supported by on-line resources.
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 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 (Primary)

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