Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Term 4 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Denise Chapman


This unit explores current issues and pedagogies regarding the use of new media and technologies in early childhood education. Students critically engage with various forms of new media and technology, including digital and analogue media. A focus of this unit is on students developing their competencies in using new media by creating artworks such as stop motion, animation, sound art and digital music. Students gain an understanding of how to plan and implement experiences that foster media literacy and intercultural communication for children in the early years in a broad range of educational contexts.


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

  1. develop knowledge of the diversity of new media and technology relevant to early childhood education
  2. display skills in using a range of new media and technologies creatively
  3. critically analyse current issues and debates concerning children's engagement with new media and technologies and teaching and learning in early childhood
  4. understand the influence emerging information communication technologies (ICTs) can have on the arts, sustainability, health and wellbeing, intercultural understanding and Indigenous Australian and Asian people's cultures and perspectives
  5. demonstrate competency in planning and implementing effective use of new media and technologies in the early childhood curriculum for children of diverse backgrounds and abilities.


Media arts project (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Arts-based research assignment (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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