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EDX1250 The Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: David Cleaver
Moderator: Janice Jones


It is essential that children's artistic development is supported by teachers' understanding that creativity requires space and nurturing and that the Arts provide ways of learning and knowing that are different from other forms of meaning-making. Artistic ways of knowing allow us to explore and share understandings of self and culture in local and global contexts. As artist or audience, a student's active engagement in Drama, Dance, Music, Media and Visual Arts fosters emotional intelligence with the potential to generate intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and understandings for lifelong learning. As teachers we need to explore pedagogical approaches that foster students' creative thinking and artistic development, creating space for learning in and through the arts. Through our critical and reflective practice upon teaching and learning in the arts, our awareness of cross cultural and indigenous perspectives and their impact upon pedagogies, and through acquiring transferable skills in technologies, we as teachers become better able to support children's cognitive and creative development as lifelong learners in a global context.


This course encourages individual and co-operative development of foundational knowledge, understandings and skills for teaching in drama, dance, media, music and visual arts. Students will have the opportunity to engage in experiences to develop personal expression, aesthetic judgement and critical awareness, in order to become more responsive to children's creative needs. Students will experience constructivist approaches and focus upon play and inquiry-based pedagogies, reflecting upon their learning and critically analysing the use of these pedagogical tools for creativity. At all times during the course the inclusive teaching environment and aspects of safe and ethical practice will be considered. The use of information communication technologies will be embedded throughout this course. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the WEB offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical awareness of the central importance of the arts as a tool for life (Presentation and Exam)
  2. demonstrate a critical awareness of the importance of play and creativity for problem solving and learning (Presentation, Exam)
  3. demonstrate the knowledge, skills, techniques, processes and dispositions necessary to interpret arts curriculum documents with sufficient understanding to introduce meaningful arts learning in the primary years (Presentation, Exam)
  4. critically evaluate the impact of classroom organization on safe, inclusive and creative practice (Presentation, Exam)
  5. create, present and reflect on their own and others' creative works with confidence, skill, enjoyment and aesthetic awareness (Presentation)
  6. express ideas, feelings and experience through symbol systems, techniques, technologies and processes (Presentation)
  7. capture, edit and present digital images (Presentation)
  8. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Presentation, Exam)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Play and creativity as a foundation for learning 20.00
2. The teacher as reflective arts practitioner 10.00
3. Understanding the forms and practices of Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Visual Arts 25.00
4. Interpreting Jurisdictional Arts Curriculum Documents 10.00
5. Managing learning environments for inclusive and safe arts practice 10.00
6. The Arts as a way of knowing about the world 15.00
7. Technologies for teaching and learning in the arts 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Dinham, J 2011, Delivering Authentic Arts Education, Cengage.
  • (A3 Spiral bound sketchpad; 6B pencil; 3B pencil; HB pencil. Access to a digital camera.).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PRESENTATION 50 50 30 Apr 2012
EXAMINATION CMA CLOSED 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. Examination to be held according to the Examination timetable.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Closed Examination: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examination for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.