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Creating deep and broad change through research and systems approaches in early childhood education for sustainability

Davis, Julie M. & Ferreira, Jo-Anne L. (2010) Creating deep and broad change through research and systems approaches in early childhood education for sustainability. In Davis, Julie M. (Ed.) Young Children and the Environment : Early Learning for Sustainability. Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 273-293.

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Abstract

The co-authors raise two matters they consider essential for the future development of ECEfS. The first is the need to create deep foundations based in research. At a time of increasing practitioner interest, research in ECEfS is meagre. A robust research community is crucial to support quality in curriculum and pedagogy, and to promote learning and innovation in thinking and practice. The second 'essential' for the expansion and uptake of ECEfS is broad systemic change. All level within the early childhood education system - individual teachers and classrooms, whole centres and schools, professional associations and networks, accreditation and employing authorities, and teacher educators - must work together to create and reinforce the cultural and educational changes required for sustainability. This chapter provides explanations of processes to engender systemic change. It illustrates a systems approach, with reference to a recent study focused on embedding EfS into teacher education. This study emphasises the apparent contradiction that the answer to large-scale reform lies with small-scale reforms that build capacity and make connections.

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ID Code: 32253
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: research, systems change, early childhood education for sustainability, cultural change, educational change
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 13:56
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2012 15:45

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