Playing With Life: Ways of Fostering Environmental Education in the Early Years

Davis, Julie M. (1999) Playing With Life: Ways of Fostering Environmental Education in the Early Years. In Educating for a Better World: Vision to Action, World Education Forum, January 1999, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. (Unpublished)

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This paper discusses the importance of environmental education for young children. In particular, it examines the imperative of ensuring opportunities for outdoor play and the development and enhancement of appropriate play spaces for children, in order for them to learn the necessary attitudes and values, knowledge and actions needed to become ‘stewards of the earth’. It also looks at a number of projects, in childcare settings and in schools, where parents, teachers and the wider community are working together, with and for children, to envision and implement healthy and sustainable social and physical environments. The concepts of ‘health promoting schools’ and ‘learnscaping’ will be examined.

There is also be discussion of the role of collegial networks in bringing together teachers, parents and others with a strong interest in early childhood environmental education Networks provide opportunities for sharing, supporting and providing impetus for infusing environmental/ sustainability principles into early childhood teaching practices.

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ID Code: 4386
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: environmental education, sustainability, early childhood, learnscaping, health promoting schools, childcare, day care, teacher networking
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 30 May 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:32

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