UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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It is well documented that investment in early childhood results in exceptionally high returns in multiple arenas; greater than those resulting from enterprise focused on later periods in people’s lives. Investing in the first five years of children’s lives makes good social and economic sense. With the landmark change of government in November 2007, Australia embarked on an ambitious early childhood reform agenda. One component of this agenda is the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), the adoption of which is mandatory for all licensed children’s services from 2012. The EYLF positions the arts as semiotic systems, each underpinned by a specific body of knowledge. This presentation will examine the place of the arts in general and music in particular in the EYLF and more broadly, and consider the implications for practitioners and researchers. Examples will be drawn from current research projects.


Dr Peter Whiteman is Associate Director of the Children and Families Research Centre at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Australia. Peter’s research interests span early childhood music education and musical development, musical cultures, emergent symbol systems and reconstructed childhoods.


15 November 2011
Choral Room, NIE 03-02 National Institute of Education #1 Nanyang Walk Singapore 637616

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