Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Grimmett (Berwick); Ms Geraldine Burke (Peninsula)


This unit introduces students to teaching and learning in, about and through the arts in early childhood. Students engage with creativity theories and creative pedagogies by being immersed in music, visual art, dance, drama and multi-media. A focus of the unit is on students developing their competencies as teachers, artists and researchers in the arts. By exploring both discipline-specific concepts and knowledge and integrated curriculum approaches, students gain an understanding of how to plan and implement creative arts experiences in educational programs.


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

  1. develop an understanding of the relevance of each of the five arts domains in arts education
  2. demonstrate skills in working creatively in the arts
  3. demonstrate an understanding of effective planning and teaching of the arts for children of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  4. display an understanding of integrating the arts across the curriculum and assessment in the arts
  5. show an understanding of the connections between the arts, sustainability, health and wellbeing, intercultural understanding, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and Indigenous Australian and Asian people's cultures and perspectives.


Arts-based performance (1600 words equivalent, 40%)
Research assignment: arts curriculum investigation (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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