Intercultural Dialogues in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability : Embedding Indigenous Perspectives

Miller, Melinda G. (2014) Intercultural Dialogues in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability : Embedding Indigenous Perspectives. In Davis, Julie & Elliott, Sue (Eds.) Research in early childhood education for sustainability : International perspectives and provocations. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), Oxon, UK, pp. 63-78.

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Embedding Indigenous perspectives in early childhood education for sustainability (ECEfS) upholds social and political action goals that support a holistic approach to promoting sustainability in educational contexts. Such goals should be responsive to particular contexts and their histories to ensure local issues are a focus of sustainability alongside global areas of concern. This chapter explores how intercultural dialogues and priorities foreground broader themes of sustainability that attend to local issues around culture and diversity, and equity in relations between groups of people. Attending to such themes in educational practice unsettles a standard environmental narrative and broadens the scope and potential for ECEfS in early years settings. Strengthening intercultural priorities in ECEfS requires a commitment to reflective practices that attend to the influence of one's cultural background on teaching and learning processes. Educators committed to reflective practices provide even greater capacity for children to act as change agents (Davis, 2008, 2010) around multiple dimensions of sustainability.

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ID Code: 79681
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Intercultural dialogues, Indigenous perspectives, Early Childhood Education for Sustainability, Reflective Practice
ISBN: 9780415854498
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2015 00:09
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2016 15:12

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