Early childhood education : the natural starting point for environmental education

Davis, Julie M. (2011) Early childhood education : the natural starting point for environmental education. In Green Education an A-Z Guide. Sage Reference, Los Angles, USA, pp. 115-117.

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Young children are most vulnerable to, and most at risk from, environmental and sustainability challenges. Early education investments aimed at addressing such issues, until recently however, have been neglected or under-rated. Fortunately, this is changing. A groundswell of practitioner interest in early childhood environmental education/ education for sustainability is emerging, in contrast to the ‘patches of green’ that have characterised previous decades. Indeed, an international coalition for early childhood education for sustainability (ECEfS) is beginning to develop, evidenced by The Gothenburg Recommendations on Education for Sustainable Development (2008) that identifies early childhood, within a framework of lifelong learning, as a ‘natural starting point’ for all ongoing education for sustainability. This document is important as it is the first international statement to explicitly identify ECEfS as contributing to education for sustainability. The next challenge for ECEfS is for practitioner mobilisation to be matched by research activity aimed at broadening and deepening practice-based responses. This is the next exciting frontier in the legitimisation of ECEfS.

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ID Code: 45715
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Green Educatiobn Editor: Julie Newnam, Yale University
Green Ssociety Series Editor: Paul Robbins University of Arizona
Keywords: early childhood education , preschool education, young children, education for sustainability, education for sustainable development, early childhood environmental education
ISBN: 9781412996860
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) > 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 & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 06 Sep 2011 03:16
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 03:16

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