EDUC5520 The Artistic and Expressive Child

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Students examine philosophical foundations, developmental principles and conceptual frameworks for the Arts, and for education in and through them. Active participation in arts tasks focus on extending students' own artistic competencies and their integration in early childhood and primary teaching. The unit deals with the unique agency of the arts and artistic expression in comprehensive and integrated child development through everyday play, practice, teaching and learning.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the basis for, and key developmental principles in, arts education; (2) demonstrate knowledge of key arts concepts, and self-reflection in relation to their professional learning needs in the arts; (3) demonstrate basic competencies in handling simple materials and forms in the arts and music; (4) plan, implement and assess learning activities to support the development of artistic and expressive competencies; (5) integrate art and music ideas, concepts and activities within a wide range of early childhood and primary curriculum areas; (6) demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICTs that engage primary and early childhood students with the arts; and (7) self-reflect in relation to their professional learning needs in the arts.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) performance arts; (2) visual arts; and (3) assembly performance eportfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the performance arts, visual arts, and assembly performance eportfolio components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gerardine Neylon
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.