ECE736 - Integrative Curriculum Concepts in Play-Based Contexts: Creative Arts


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in E661, E761
Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3-hour seminar per non-placement teaching week (approx. 8-9 weeks)

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 x 1-hour meeting per non-placement teaching week (approx. 8-9 weeks)


This unit continues student’s learning about the integrative nature of teaching and learning in early childhood, with a focus on the creative arts. Through exploring the role of creativity and its expression through the arts in society, students are exposed to how theories of child development are connected to development in and through the arts and to the importance of providing every child with opportunities to explore, cultivate, rehearse, practice and develop in creative expression and response.

Students engage as artist through cycles of analysis, response and creative practice in relation to each form of artistic expression and in connection to other areas of learning and being, including different cultural and social contexts, spirituality and well-being from both an individual, and an ecological perspective exploring the well-being of the communities. Students will also look at similarities and differences in sensory perception and discrimination across the creative arts and music with a focus on learning through the body and its many senses. They will be exposed to ideas of how movement and physical health are nurtured in through the creative arts and music and how numeracy concepts are deeply connected to the creative arts and music.
Students are introduced to the importance of the language of the arts, classroom organisation and management of materials, the influence of the environment, both indoors and outdoors, a variety of appropriate teaching strategies and resources and to necessary practical skills for teaching and learning in and through the arts including how to leverage digital and information and communication technologies for learning and development.

Students will learn how to foreground arts learning in both play-based pedagogies and intentional ways with a focus on how pedagogies and teaching approaches as outlined in the EYLF and VEYLDF are adapted and adopted in specific ways in the creative arts and music.

Current curriculum frameworks provide the starting point for planning as students address long-term planning that acknowledges the influence of research, environment, observation and co-construction of curriculum with the child.

The curriculum framework for this unit aligns with national and state standards, focusing on young children's engagement with arts, creativity, imagination, and thinking skills. Students will engage in artistic practice, aesthetic responding processes, and utilize multimedia and digital technologies to express their ideas. They will design teaching programs that foster arts learning, thinking skills, and creative expression in children, while adapting and adopting play-based and intentional pedagogies outlined in early childhood education frameworks.

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