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Leadership for creating cultures of sustainability

Gibson, Megan L. (2010) Leadership for creating cultures of sustainability. In Davis, Julie M. (Ed.) Young Children and the Environment : Early Education for Sustainability. Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, pp. 76-103.

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the vital role of leadership in creating change for sustainability in an early childhood education and care setting. The author's experiences and perspectives as the past Director of Campus Kindergarten, a long day care centre that has had a Sustainable Planet Project for over a decade, are drawn upon as she explores the theoretical underpinnings that helped to shape her work as an innovative leader and a leader of innovation. Four frames of leadership, organisational culture, professional development and organisational change, and their contributions to creating and shaping the Sustainable Planet Project, are outlined. The style of educational and organisational leadership is highlighted as essential in creating a culture of sustainability. There is an emphasis on 'whole settings' approaches to change and the creating of 'learning communities' for sustainable living. Importantly, the recognition of children as leaders and change agents for sustainability is explored.

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ID Code: 32275
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Leadership for sustainbility, Early childhood education for sustainability , Environmental education
ISBN: 9780521736121
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (059900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Deposited On: 20 May 2010 14:00
Last Modified: 20 May 2010 14:00

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