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EDM8020 Arts and Technology through Play

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022

Staffing

Examiner: Nicole Delaney

Requisites

Pre-requisite: EDM5001

Overview

More than ever before, today’s children are growing up in a world of increasingly rapid change. The Arts and Technologies engage learners with diverse aspects of human culture that involve creativity, innovation and design thinking, which are key dispositions for the twenty first century. In concert with this, researchers and early childhood educators also recognise that play occupies a central role in children’s development and is a vital pedagogical approach through which children effectively learn. Preservice teachers require exposure and familiarity with the essential content and teaching strategies of both the Arts and Technologies learning areas and to be able to facilitate learning and design learning environments, educational programs, and practices that maximise children’s opportunities for play and play-based learning experiences. Engagement with these learning areas and pedagogical strategies will empower preservice teachers to apply legislative requirements and curriculum-grounded understanding of Arts and Technologies content and strategies in a holistic and inclusive play-based learning environment that supports participation and learning of all children.

This course focuses on the knowledge, understanding and foundational skills necessary for early childhood educators to plan and implement effective content and teaching strategies in The Arts and Technologies curriculum areas in documents such as the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum. Emphasis will be given to the role of play in early development, reasoning and communication and the potential of play for enhancing learning, creativity, curiosity and inquiry. The course explores how the arts and technologies provide children with opportunities to express themselves through multiliterate practise, participate as innovators and designers, and develop their understanding of their diverse world in a supportive, socially and culturally inclusive and safe learning environment. Preservice teachers will develop an appreciation for the arts and technologies, and a repertoire of strategies to plan effective play-based learning and evaluate the quality of related resources and products. This will be developed through theoretical engagement and practical arts and technologies playful learning experiences to develop a strong connection between the theory and practice required for responsive teaching and scaffolding.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course preservice teachers should be able to:

  1. articulate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content, teaching strategies, literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas resources of the Arts and Technologies curricula, including ICT, to engage, facilitate and extend children’s learning and development (Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) 2.1, 2.5, 2.6, 3.4);
  2. design and evaluate a range of teaching strategies, including play-based learning environments, literacy and numeracy strategies, resources and experiences in the Arts and Technologies curricula as an essential element of responsive teaching and scaffolding (APST 2.5, 3.3);
  3. create strategies for affording children the opportunity to develop an understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages, and how culture and language may impact students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds through Arts, Technology and play (APST 1.4, 2.4);
  4. design effective and inclusive learning and teaching sequences in the Arts and Technologies that align with legislative requirements to support participation and learning of students with disability, and maintain socially inclusive and safe learning environments within diverse settings (APST 1.6, 2.2, 4.1);
  5. exhibit academic, professional and digital and cultural literacy OR
    exhibit competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Concepts, substance and structure of the content, teaching strategies, literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application and resources of Arts and Technologies learning areas, including ICT for engaging, facilitating and extending children’s learning and development 30.00
2. Teaching strategies, including environments, literacy and numeracy strategies, resources and learning experiences that facilitate exploration through play-based learning in the Arts and Technologies curricula in documents such as the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum 30.00
3. The potential of the Arts and Technologies in engaging children, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, in allowing them to communicate in multiple ways and share their history, culture and languages 20.00
4. Effective and inclusive learning and teaching sequences in the Arts and Technologies that align with legislative requirements to support participation and learning of students with disability that maintain socially inclusive and safe learning environments 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Assessment
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay No 50 1,2,5
Assignments Creative Recorded/rendered work No 50 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 27 June 2022