This unit (ECE2008) focuses on the languages of aesthetics and poetics from a philosophical perspective. These philosophical understandings inform how languages are articulated in early childhood centres of Reggio Emilia, Italy as a means for young children to express themselves as human beings. As part of the unit, pre-service teachers will engage with the languages of dance, music, and dramatic arts, developing an understanding of the structures of each of these languages and how these languages can inspire multi-disciplinary experiences for young children to make meaning of their worlds.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review and articulate aesthetics and poetics from a philosophical perspective.  
  2. Discuss the language of dance, music, and dramatic arts in general and in the context of early childhood.  
  3. Apply the language of dance, music, and dramatic arts to build rich, multidisciplinary experiences in early childhood settings.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Short writing assignment discussing the languages of aesthetics and poetics and its implications for early childhood education-900 words equivalent 30%
Creative Works Using one language (music, dance, dramatic arts) create a response to a reading demonstrating an understanding of the language-900 words equivalent 30%
Performance Working across the languages of music, dance, and dramatic arts, create a sequence of early childhood experiences for children 0-5 and exegesis.1200 w 40%

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