Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy 2: the Arts

Unit code: ECE6006 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
City Campus
Footscray Nicholson
Online Self-Paced


This unit focuses on the languages of aesthetics and poetics from a philosophical perspective. These philosophical understandings inform how these 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 music, movement and drama, 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. Additionally, this unit will explore art materials as a way to reconsider taken-for-granted responses to materials and ideas in early childhood. Using materials as a mode of inquiry, pre-service teachers will investigate what materials do and how materials are joint participants in early childhood pedagogies. Through critical and reflective material inquiry that includes engaging with place from First Nations standpoints, pre-service teachers will examine their own attitudes towards visual and creative arts; develop an understanding of, and skills in, a range of early childhood visual and creative arts and technology experiences; and employ these understandings, attitudes and skills to suit the sociomaterial, sociocultural and aesthetic needs of the young child.   

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explore the languages of movement, music, drama, and visual arts in general and in the context of early childhood.
  2. Contextualise music and movement in Early Childhood from personal, social, philosophical perspectives.
  3. Apply the languages of movement, music, drama, and visual arts to build rich, multidisciplinary experiences in early childhood settings.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Creative Works
Grade: 30%
Play and experiment with materials to make your own artwork
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Create a podcast discussing music and movement and its implications for early childhood education.
Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 40%
Explore and apply the languages of music, movement, drama and visual art in a digital visual journal.

Required reading

All readings will be available through VU Collaborate

As part of a course

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