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What is early childhood education for sustainability?

Davis, Julie M. (2010) What is early childhood education for sustainability? In Davis, Julie M. (Ed.) Young Children and the Environment: Early Learning for Sustainability. Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 21-42.

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Abstract

Julie Davis canvasses the literature to explain why sustainability issues are important for young children and why early childhood educators should become engaged with EfS. She outlines the short history of ECEfS in Australasia and internationally, emphasising its marginalised and fragile early phase that is now beginning to coalesce into a robust international movement. She then highlights two recent studies undertaken in child care centres that illustrate the learning and actions that are possible when education for sustainability is incorporated into early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. Julie ends the chapter by identifying the qualities that might characterise early childhood education for sustainability, stressing its requirement to be transformative education that builds the capabilities of young children as agents of change for sustainability. In so doing, she draws together theoretical strands from both early childhood education and EfS, beginning the process of constructing a theoretical framework for ECEfS.

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ID Code: 32250
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This publication is copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the provisions of relevant collective liscensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place without the written permission of Cambridge University Press.
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Keywords: early childhood education for sustainability, sustainability, sustainable development, children's rights, intergenerational rights
ISBN: 9780521736121
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Education and Extension (050203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Deposited On: 14 May 2010 13:49
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2012 15:46

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