Exploring the resistance : an Australian perspective on educating for sustainability in early childhood

Davis, Julie M. & Elliott, Sue (2009) Exploring the resistance : an Australian perspective on educating for sustainability in early childhood. International Journal of Early Childhood, 41(2), pp. 65-77.

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Climate change and sustainability are issues of global significance. While other education sectors have implemented education for sustainability for many years, the early childhood sector has been slow to take up this challenge. This position paper poses the question: Why has this sector been so slow to engage with sustainability? Explanations are proposed based on a review of research literature and the authors’ long engagement in seeking to bring early childhood education and education for sustainability together. The imperative is for the early childhood sector to engage in education for sustainability without delay and to ‘get active’ for a sustainable future.

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ID Code: 28267
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: sustainability, early childhood education, education for sustainability, environmental education, education for sustainable development
ISSN: 0020-7187
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 World Organization for Early Childhood Education
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2009 00:05
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:58

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