The arts and education for sustainability : shaping student teachers' identities towards sustainability

O'Gorman, Lyndal May (2014) The arts and education for sustainability : shaping student teachers' identities towards sustainability. In Davis, Julie M. & Elliott, Sue (Eds.) Research in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability : International Perspectives and Provocations. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 266-279.

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Abstract

The Arts are acknowledged for their potential in providing learners with multiple 'languages' with which they might make their learning visible across all levels of education. This chapter explores how the integration of the Arts and education for sustainabilty can provide expanded opportunities for seeing, understanding and responding to the sustainability imperative. Such approaches encourage broad engagement and expression of ideas about sustainability that extend beyond more common approaches that have mostly responded to sustainability through the languages of the Sciences and geography. Traditionally, the Arts have been valued highly by the early childhood education field and typically lie at the heart of early childhood programs. Increasing engagement with the sustainability agenda in early childhood contexts suggests that teachers might find ways to integrate early education for sustainability with the Arts in meaningful ways. This chapter explores how an integrated Arts and Humanities subject in an early childhood teacher education course in Queensland, Australia provides a context for the integration of sustainability as a cross-curricular thread in teacher education, reflecting recent national curriculum innovation in Australia.

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ID Code: 81881
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Education for sustainability, arts education, teacher education, early childhood education
ISBN: 9780415854481
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2015 23:25
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2016 15:20

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