|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 :||24 May 2022|
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.