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ECE306 - Young Children's Art and Drama

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Offering information:

*Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool offered in intensive mode

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2 2014 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)*, Warrnambool*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in courses E420 and E421 only)
Unit chair:J Grenfell
Campus contact:

J Raphael (Burwood (Melbourne))

J Grenfell (Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool)



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

The Early Childhood Course at Burwood (City Program) requires the students to attend on a weekly basis i.e. Full-time students attend on a Thursday and Friday throughout the trimester, and Part-time students attend on a Friday throughout the trimester. The students undertaking the Rural Program out of Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool undertake the majority of their studies via Cloud (online) but attend Intensives 3 times a trimester for 2 days (Full-time students) and 1 day (Part-time students).


The content is organised around key arts education theoretical frameworks that include ways of knowing and feeling in the arts and their relevance to early childhood education; engaging the children's sensory and aesthetic perception through arts related auditory, visual tactile and kinaesthetic experiences; exploring the concept of multiple intelligences through visual-spatial imagery and kinaesthetic / body activities; and developing divergent thinking processes.
Through practical experiences in Drama and the Visual Arts, students devise ways to foster imaginative and creative play through which young children, by exploring, imagining, experimenting and thinking, express ideas about themselves and their worlds. For example, students will develop Visual art and Drama activities that promote concept and language development (e.g. form, texture, balance, colour, shape, light, reflection and symmetry), and that encourage the expression of ideas through puppet making, 2D and 3D constructions, interpreting stories and role plays. They will respond to artworks and performances, including their own and those of others.

This unit will identify teaching approaches and strategies for supporting learning in early childhood settings and will demonstrate, through practice, how young children develop their creative and aesthetic understandings. Students will plan and implement a set of learning activities. As part of their professional practice, they will explore current trends in Arts education research and practice as well as teacher reference and curriculum documents relevant to Arts teaching with young children.


Two assessments of equal weighting:

Task 1: Portfolio. Undertake small inquiry-based tasks that can inform knowledge about teaching and management in pre-school institutions in the field of arts education and specifically Drama and Visual Art. (50%)

Task 2: Developing an Arts (Drama and Visual Art) Unit of Work for children in pre-school environments. This encompasses the planning of an arts teaching program that includes making in the arts and responding to arts experiences through integrated activities in the pre-school environment. (50%)

Assessment will total 4000 words or equivalent.

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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