Educating for sustainability in the early years : creating cultural change in a child care setting

Davis, Julie M. (2005) Educating for sustainability in the early years : creating cultural change in a child care setting. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 21, pp. 47-55.


The early childhood education field has been slow to take up the challenge of sustainability. However, Brisbane’s Campus Kindergarten is one early education centre that is making serious efforts in this regard. In 1997, Campus Kindergarten initiated its Sustainable Planet Project involving a variety of curriculum and pedagogical activities that have led to enhanced play spaces, reduced waste, lowered water consumption and improved biodiversity. Such changes are not curriculum ‘add-ons’, however. A study of curriculum decision-making processes shows that a culture of sustainability permeates the centre. This has been by a process of slowly evolving changes that have led to a reculturation of many social and environmental practices. This study also shows that very young children, in the presence of passionate and committed teachers, are quite capable of engaging in education for sustainability and in ‘making a difference’.

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ID Code: 3060
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: early childhood, collaboration, educational change, empowerment, leadership, professional development, sustainability
ISSN: 0814-0626
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 The Australian Association for Environmental Education
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:11

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