Module Details

Module Code: EDUC N7010
Full Title Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Studies 1
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Owner: Hazel Dunphy
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: The aims of this Module are to enable students to conceptualise Creativity and the Arts in Early Years Education and to begin to apply effective creative experiences in the Early Years Setting. This Module introduces students to theories and practices of creativity and play in the Arts, with specific references to their own personal development as Early Years Educators. The approach is Play based with an emphasis placed on Process over Product. Students will actively engage in the discovery of their own individual creativity while facilitating and documenting Arts activities with children in their own Early Years settings. The focus is on enabling students to creatively engage babies, toddlers and young children in purposeful and meaningful Arts activities for learning and development and on discovering how early childhood artists and creative educators can enable children to acknowledge, respect and affirm diversity. Students will discuss the Role and Value of the Arts in the Early years while considering relevant theories, approaches and other appropriate academic resources.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Explore the creative self in practical workshops.
MLO2 Demonstrate an understanding of theories, approaches and methodologies employed in Early Years Arts practices.
MLO3 Devise, implement and document a creative Arts programme for babies and young children using both indoor and outdoor environments.
MLO4 Self-reflect on the individual creative learning journey.
MLO5 Critically examine the role and value of creativity in Early Childhood Education
MLO6 Develop an awareness of how through participating in meaningful creative experiences, children can absorb powerful messages regarding diversity, identities and cultures.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Module Indicative Content
Introduction to Creativity
Conceptualising creativity; the nature of creativity, creative capacities and traits in children and adults, creative thinking as a skill, types of creativity, attitudes towards creativity, blocks to creativity, and ways of nurturing creative thinking in babies, toddlers and young children.
Creativity in Early Childhood Practice
Creativity and the young child and the creative practitioner in early childhood practice. Exploring creativity in and through the arts and supporting creativity through play and arts-based experiences.
Process Arts
Experiential learning. Partaking in and beginning to plan and implement process led indoor and outdoor arts based experiences for holistic learning and development. Students will gain practical experience of experimenting with a range of artistic mediums and ways of creatively engaging babies, toddlers and young children in purposeful and meaningful Arts activities for learning and development an arts workshop setting. Focus will be placed on enabling the students to consider how meaningful creative early childhood experiences support children's development by acknowledging, respecting and affirming diversity.
Models of Best Practice in Early Years Arts Provision
Case studies of national and international creative early years arts practice including The Reggio Emilia Approach and Steiner Waldorf, Montessori and Forest School Education will be utilised. The case studies will explore the role of creativity and the arts in the learning and development of young children.
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 40
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Assessment Type Portfolio % of Total Mark 60
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

This module has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Practical Contact No Description Once per semester 0.20 3
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 3.80 3.7999999523162842
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 7.60 7.5999999046325684
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.60
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.20
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bruce, T.. (2011), Cultivating Creativity: For Babies, Toddlers and Young Children, 2nd Revised edition. Hodder Education, UK, [ISBN: 1444137182].
  • Carol Edwards, L.. (2009), The Creative Arts: A Process Approach for Teachers and Children, 5 edition. Merrill Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • Duffy, B.. (2006), Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years, 2 edition. Open University Press, UK, [ISBN: 0335218598].
  • Robb, M., Mew. Learning with Nature., 2015. Green Books, Cambridge, England.
  • Robinson, K.. (2001), Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, 2 edition. Capstone publishing, West Sussex, [ISBN: 1841121258].
  • Thornton, Linda, and Pat Brunton. (2014), Bringing the Reggio Approach to your Early Years Practice, 3rd. Routledge, [ISBN: 978-041572912].
  • Tutchell, Suzy.. (2014), Young Children as Artists: Art and Design in the Early Years and Key Stage 1, 2014. Routledge, [ISBN: 9780415517270].
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