Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Clare Hall (Peninsula)


This unit provides pre-service early childhood education students with an introduction to pedagogical and curriculum-related issues in the arts. It addresses four specific domains of knowledge - Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama. The unit provides students with an overview of different approaches to theories and practices of arts education, including sociocultural, creativity-based, and 'play-based' approaches to learning. It will prepare students for the tasks of selecting content and designing units of work in the arts for early childhood educational programs. Students will also explore cross curricula and integrative approaches to the arts in early childhood.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand the relevance of each of the four arts domains to early childhood education
  2. learn about different approaches to theories and practices of arts education
  3. obtain skills in content selection and curriculum design
  4. apply theories of artistic expression in early childhood to pedagogical tasks


Assessment Task 1: Research task (2,400 words or equivalent, 60%)
Assessment Task 2: Research presentation (1,600 words or equivalent, 40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Clare Hall

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.