Creative Arts in Early Childhood (EDEC2001)


The unit emphasises the centrality of providing rich Creative Arts experiences in early childhood settings. Young children are creative naturally, and if this is nurtured, this creativity will grow and expand. Through quality arts experiences and activities young children will refine their skills, enrich their life experiences and develop their understandings of the world (Early Years Learning Framework). This unit of study explores the fundamental importance of the Arts in the ongoing development of young children's imagination and creativity. Through creative workshops, readings, observations and other activities, you will examine the theoretical underpinnings, research literature and practical knowledge required to help young children build on their innate love of music, movement, song, art, dance and drama. A focus on young children' s engagement with the creative arts through their spontaneous play is an important feature of this unit.

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Further unit of study information


1 lecture & 2-hr workshop/tutorial/wk for 11 wks


3500wd portfolio of arts activities (60%) and a classroom presentation including 1000wd rationale (40%)


Ewing, R. (ed.) (2012). The Creative Arts in the Lives of Young Children: Play, imagination, learning. Melbourne: ACER

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


72 credit points including EDEC2003 and EDEC2004

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.