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ECA209 - Arts Education in Primary Schools

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Offering information:

This unit commences in 2013

Enrolment modes:

(B, G, W)


Trimester 2

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:D Joseph
Campus contact:

D Joseph (B), J Grenfell (G, W)


Students must be enrolled in course E359

Incompatible with:

ELE217, ECA551, ECA409

Contact hours:

3 hours per week


Subject to the availability of staff in particular discipline-based arts education areas on each campus, the unit will include the following discipline-based Performing arts and Visual arts curriculum areas for study:

  • Music;
  • Visual arts;
  • Dance;
  • Drama;
  • Media arts.

This unit is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of arts education, through the development of personal skills in arts practice and exploring responding to the arts and secondly, in the design and development of curricula  materials in the Performing arts and the Visual arts. Throughout the unit students participate in studio workshop activities in all of the selected arts discipline in order to develop personal professional skills and in computer workshops that introduce them to the use of e technologies and digital media for creative expression and for developing e-learning teaching materials.


This work is informed by a study of current state, national and international arts education initiatives. Throughout the unit, links are made between relevant theories of teaching and learning and their application in classroom teaching in both the Performing arts and the Visual arts. For example, students develop a sequence of arts lessons as part of their workshop activities, which may be implemented during  Professional Experience placements.


For Music education: written and practical work, 1500 words or equivalent, 33%

For Visual arts education: written and practical work, 1500 words or equivalent, 33%

For Drama/Dance: written and practical work, 1500 words or equivalent 34%


Hurdle Requirement: One day of field experience. Observe classroom arts teaching, or integrating the arts across the curriculum and observe the use of technologies for teaching and learning in the arts. Record observations as field notes. Students may use these notes to inform specific assessment tasks. 

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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