The Creative and Expressive Child

Subject EDUC90563 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 22-Feb-2016 to 13-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 09-Mar-2016
Census Date 18-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 13-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x 2hr workshops per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or Master of Teaching (Early Years)

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:


Dr 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, arts-centred pedagogies and how the arts support integrated curriculum. 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.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them 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, ICT, 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 and the arts role in the integrated curriculum;
  • Reflect critically and creatively on arts experiences observed and undertaken and during professional placements.

There are two items of assessment:

  • Essay (1000 words) due mid-semester, 25%
  • Arts portfolio (equivalent to 3000 words) due at end of semester, 75%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:

EDUC 90563: Creative and Expressive Child Reading Booklet

Wright, S. (Eds). (2011). Children, Meaning-Making and the Arts. (2 nd ed). NSW: Pearson.

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:

  • 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 Years)

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