EMA410 Teaching and Assessing the Creative Arts (8)

In this subject students will build an understanding of the processes of planning and assessing creative arts with young children through working with a child in the early years of school. They will consider the intent of both the K-2 Creative Arts syllabus and the EYLF. Students will observe, analyse and plan for and with a child to provide appropriate developmental learning activities for the child. Through this task, students will demonstrate their understandings of various theoretical perspectives that inform arts education, and critically analyse their observations. To extend their understanding of the assessment of the arts, they will access a variety of samples of children's work on line, and analyse the information about the child's learning available in the samples. They will then apply backward mapping processes to consider appropriate strategies for teaching the outcomes in the arts syllabus documents in child centred classrooms. Students will use ICT tools to present their understanding of assessing and planning for arts learning.

This subject explores and uses the constructivist learning environments described by Howland, Jonassen & Mara (2012).  Students' understanding in this subject will follow processes of scaffolded learning. The two assessment tasks are the culmination of processes of learning undertaken in the weekly classes. Students will be using tools of technology to record their progressive work and document their learning and those of the school children with whom they will engage on their Professional Experience. Online environments will be used to archive and arrange their artefacts of learning. Weekly, students will engage in a 2 hour workshop, followed by a 1 hour lecture to collectively reflect on the outcomes of their learning

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Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMA410. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand how to use backward mapping to plan teaching
  • be able to evaluate children's work samples
  • be able to plan developmentally appropriate creative arts activities
  • be able to design effective learning experiences
  • be able to understand assessment
  • be able to present their work in professional style


This subject will cover the following topics:

  • The Creative Process
  • Curriculum Frameworks
  • Planning for Learning in the Creative Arts
  • Consistency in Planning, Teaching and Assessing
  • Observing Children's Artmking


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.