International trends in early childhood education for sustainability

Davis, Julie M. (2013) International trends in early childhood education for sustainability. In Inoue, Michiko (Ed.) Perspectives on Early childhood Education for Sustainability, Association for Children's Environment, Japan, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts.


Early childhood education for sustainability (ECEfS) is an emerging field within education – a synthesis of early childhood education and education for sustainability. As a distinct field of educational inquiry and practice, it is less than 20 years old in Australia. My personal story is one that emerged from teaching Aboriginal children in an Indigenous community. These experiences made me question the marginalization of Indigenous peoples in Australian society, the colonizing impacts of education, gave me deeper understandings of human-environment interactions, and the effects of poverty and powerlessness on options for Indigenous people in Australia and elsewhere where people and their lands have been exploited. These experiences saw me return to university to undertake a degree in environmental studies to help me better understand the nexus between society, environment and economy. Hence my background in education for sustainability comes as much from the social sciences as from the biological/ecological sciences and shapes my orientation to my work in ECEFS...

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ID Code: 60330
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: education for sustainabilty, early childhood education, environmental education, teacher education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 29 May 2013 22:21
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2014 06:28

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