1 x 3-hour workshop weekly
EDUC2321 - The Expressive Arts in Early Childhood
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EDUC2303, EDUC2329 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
High level of literacy competency. Computer literacy.
Topic description

This topic introduces students to research based theory and practice in literacy education for children aged between 4-8 years. This will involve critical analysis of language and literacy learning from contemporary perspectives. Literacy is defined broadly as communities using speaking, listening, viewing, reading and writing to communicate and shape ideas and values. The topic focuses on the acquisition of multiliteracies in preschool through early years of school contexts and the major theoretical frameworks which influence teaching practices. Modules in the topic include: the link between oral and written language; the elements in a balanced literacy program; catering for individual needs; planning and assessing literacy learning and creating a supportive learning environment. The topic emphasises the significance of interaction with experienced users of language in supporting the language development of young children.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Support students to develop a research-based approach to:
    • Language development
    • Literacy practices of children in home and community prior to and during the early years of schooling
    • Introduce students to a wide variety of texts, resources and approaches designed to enhance literacy learning opportunities for young children
    • Guide students as they develop an understanding of planning for and evaluating multiliteracy learning across the 4-8 childhood years
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Articulate their own evolving theory of literacy learning, based on their knowledge of theory and practical experiences
  2. Demonstrate their knowledge of oral language development and its relationship to literacy learning
  3. Use an inquiry approach to examine literacy practices of children in home and community, prior to and during the early years of schooling
  4. Utilise a wide variety of resources, approaches and strategies to enhance literacy learning opportunities for young children
  5. Select appropriate planning and evaluation tools to sustain, enhance and monitor young children's literacy learning, including those at educational risk

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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