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ECE400 - Cultural Perspectives Through Dance

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 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 Dreessens


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).


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


In this unit, students explore the potential of the body as an instrument of expression for children aged 0-8 years. The role of the educator is considered as a facilitator of children's creative, aesthetic, and motor development within a multicultural society. Practical movement experiences will provide the opportunity to explore a range of potential stimuli with various props, percussive instruments, display and interest tables that are developmentally appropriate and safe. Children with special needs and abilities will be considered. Resources for program planning will draw and build upon parental and community based experiences and will be developed for teaching in Indigenous and other cross-cultural contexts. To enable students to develop a stronger knowledge of program development that caters for children with diverse cultural backgrounds. To enable students to become more familiar with resources, support facilities and issues related to bilingualism, non-English speaking backgrounds, and learning English as a second language.


Three assessment tasks:

Task 1: Essay towards a rationale to teach dance in inclusive childhood settings (20%, about 1000 words)

Task 2: Multicultural Resources Kit (30%, about 1500 words). Students will undertake small inquiry-based tasks that can inform knowledge about multiculturalism in early childhood settings and submit responses as a "kit" that will contribute to their professional portfolios.

Task 3: Group work practical presentation and individual practical tasks (50%)

Written assessment tasks will total about 2500 words.

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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