It's Arts Play: Belonging, Being and Becoming through the Arts introduces undergraduate students to Arts education for Early Childhood via the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), which offers a holistic concept of children's learning, framed around the themes of Belonging, Being and Becoming. The text covers all five subjects identified as part of The Arts in the Australian Curriculum and provides pre-service teachers with well-focused, comprehensive and sound practical guidance for authentic arts education practice.
It's Arts Play: Belonging, Being and Becoming through the Arts introduces undergraduate students to Arts education for Early Childhood (birth to 8 years) via the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), which offers a holistic concept of children's learning, framed around the themes of Belonging, Being and Becoming. The text covers all five subjects identified as part of The Arts in the Australian Curriculum (dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts). While the integral importance of the arts in early childhood is generally accepted, the nature of authentic arts education practice in this sphere is not well understood. This text offers well-focused, comprehensive and sound practical guidance for students. It promotes a play-based approach, and emphasises learning through the Arts and engagement in the Arts as congruent with the developmental model of children's learning, as characterised by the EYLF. A distinctive feature of this text is the incorporation of authentic Indigenous Perspectives embedded throughout.
Judith Dinham is Associate Professor in Arts Education in the School of Education at Curtin University. Beryl Chalk is a Sessional Academic in Arts Education in the School of Education at Curtin University.
PART ONE: Children's learning through the artsSetting the ContextThe nature of learning in and through the artsHow Arts Experiences Contribute to Children's Growth and DevelopmentBelonging - How Children Belong Through the ArtsBeing - How Children Experience Being Themselves Through The ArtsBecoming -Ways in which Children Become their Future Selves through the ArtsPART TWO: Educating Through The ArtsArts-Making Experiences in DanceArts-Making Experiences in DramaArts Making Experiences in Media ArtsArts-Making Experiences in MusicArts Making Experiences in Visual ArtsArts Responding Experiences Across the Five Arts SubjectsLearning experiences across the age groupsPART THREE: The Professional at WorkArts PedagogiesMonitoring, Documenting and Assessing Arts LearningPlanning for Arts Learning
Developing children through arts experiencesIt's Arts Play is a professional and practical resource that shows how the expectations of developing the whole child - their belonging, being and becoming - can be pursued through arts experiences that exemplify the play-based approach to learning within the context of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum.Australia's ethnic diversity affords a pathway for the exploration and appreciation of the significance of socio-cultural contexts in children's development. Contributions by Aboriginal Elders, educators and artists engage readers with Indigenous perspectives and encourage the development of inclusive learning environments as well as ideas about approaches to learning for all young children.In Part One the text outlines the nature of The Arts, how participation in arts learning contributes to children's development, and how learning within The Arts fits within the Australian Curriculum and the philosophy and structure of the Early Years Learning Framework. Part Two provides an in-depth, practical guide to each of the five arts subjects of dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts. In Part Three, practical guides to pedagogy, planning, monitoring, documenting and assessing learning, assist pre-service and novice educators navigate their professional responsibilities in regard to these dimensions of educational practice.Key FeaturesPause and Reflect scenarios and questions throughout are opportunities for pre-service teachers to consider real-life examples of these ideas.Clearly links authentic Arts practice to current educational policy frameworks including the ELYF and Australian Curriculum.Sparkers in Part 2 offer ideas to get you started in each Arts area, and help steer new teachers towards authentic educational practices.Incorporates authentic Indigenous voices that offer valuable insights for pre-service teachers.Summarises important "Things to Remember" as a handy reminder check-list for students and educators.*Please note the online resources referred to in the video are a list of related web links included in the content of the book
This is the first Australian textbook to deal with Arts education specifically for early childhoodLinks authentic Arts practice clearly to current educational policy frameworks, including the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Australian CurriculumCovers all five subjects identified under The Arts within the Australian Curriculum (dance, drama, media arts, music, visual arts)Balances sound theoretical knowledge with arts skills and practical implementationLinks to the AITSL Australian Professional Standards for TeachersIncorporates authentic indigenous voices that offer valuable insights for pre-service teachers
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