Early childhood education for sustainability : Queensland and Australian perspectives

Davis, Julie M. (2012) Early childhood education for sustainability : Queensland and Australian perspectives. In International Dialogue about Early International Trends in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability and Green Growth, 20 September 2012, Korea National University of Transportation, Korea. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Introduction

Early childhood education for sustainability 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 a background in primary school teaching where I worked in an Indigenous community teaching Aboriginal children. 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 both in Australia and elsewhere where peoples and their lands have been exploited. These teaching experiences took me back to university to undertake a degree in environmental studies to help me to 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...

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ID Code: 67514
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: early childhood education, education for sustainability, education for sustainable development, environmental education, early childhood teacher education
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: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Please consult the author
Deposited On: 19 Feb 2014 00:00
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2014 15:53

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