1 x 1-hour lecture once-only
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 Admission into MTEC-Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
1a Admission into MTB-Master of Teaching (Birth to 5)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EDUC2321, EDUC3509 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Project, Practical work
Topic description

Through an integrated teaching approach this topic enables pre-service teachers to reflect critically on the role of creative expression in society. Pre-service teachers will investigate, analyse and synthesise the current research in relation to creativity in the early childhood years. The topic provides the opportunity for pre-service teachers to generate and communicate complex ideas regarding the importance of creative expression. Pre-service teachers will evaluate, practice and communicate a variety of appropriate teaching methodologies and resources in the 5 areas of the expressive arts. Current curriculum frameworks will be critically analysed as pre-service teachers apply in-depth knowledge to their long and short-term planning for rich, integrated learning opportunities, inclusive teaching practices, and the embedded use of information and computer technology.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Enhance pre-service teacher confidence, knowledge and skills in learning and teaching the Expressive Arts
  • Enable pre-service teachers to generate and synthesise an inclusive and appropriate Expressive Arts program for children aged birth-8 years
  • Enhance pre-service teachers' personal approach to teaching the Expressive Arts based on their critical analysis of practical experience as well as in the light of a range of theoretical perspectives
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Plan, analyse and critique an inclusive and balanced Expressive Arts program for children aged birth-8
  2. Foster children's curiosity and play as they investigate their social and physical worlds through the Expressive Arts
  3. Investigate the role of families and culture in developing attitudes and knowledge regarding the Expressive Arts and their applications in society both locally and globally
  4. Demonstrate a high level of autonomy and initiative in order to develop inclusive teaching practices when planning for teaching and learning in the expressive arts