Presents an Australian perspective on the issues in expressive arts in early childhood education by authors who are researching, teaching and actively involved in the arts as theatre directors, painter designers, adjudicators, advisers, actors or arts administrators in community organizations at the national and international level. It constitutes a collective look at the arts and young children. This volume covers a wide spectrum of arts areas, including the roles of the teacher as co-worker, collaborator, guide, facilitator and stage-manager; the tertiary educator in indigenous art, improvizational drama, and movement and dance; and the early childhood adviser in national, non-commercial television production. In addition, there is discussion on the national broadcasting standards required for children's commercial television production in Australia, the value of language and literature in the lives of young children and experimental programmes for theatre companies and symphony orchestras.
The arts: the real business of education; young children, the stories they hear and the acculturation process; new directions in theatre for young people: a report on the recent work of REM theatre in Sydney; the arts curriculum and indigenous art: hands off or on; a personal view; "not wilting flowers again!" problem-finding and problem-solving in movement and performance; introducing young children to live orchestral performance; quality children's television: the case of "lift off"; co-player and co-artist: new roles for the adult in children's visual arts experiences; empowering children through drama; imagination in learning: learning to imagine. (Part contents).