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Young Children and the Environment: Early Education for Sustainability

Edited By: Julie M Davis

305 pages, 19 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2010 | #195428 | ISBN-13: 9780521736121
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About this book

Young Children and the Environment tackles one of the biggest contemporary issues of our times--the changing environment--and demonstrates how early education can contribute to sustainable living. An essential text for students in early childhood education and a practical resource for child care practitioners and primary school teachers, it is designed to promote education for sustainability from birth to 8 years. The text refers to national and international initiatives such as 'Sustainable Schools', 'Child Friendly Cities', and 'Health Promoting Schools' and explores their existing and potential links with early childhood education. Groundbreaking content draws on recent literature in the areas of organisational, educational and cultural change and environmental sustainability. Early childhood case studies and vignettes exemplify leadership in practice, and 'Provocations' are integrated throughout to inspire new ways of thinking about the environment, the wider world, young children and the transformative power of early education.

Davis, an ardent and long-time expert in early childhood environmental / sustainability education, has put together a most useful book. Early childhood teachers, teacher educators, and policy makers can use this collection of chapters on theory, research, practical application, and ethics.
- Children, Youth and Environments


List of contributors

Part I:
1. What is early childhood education for sustainability?
2. Children in the natural world
3. Leadership for creating cultures of sustainability
4. Changing curriculum and pedagogy: daily practices and resources
5. Sustainability: ethics principles and policy

Part II:
6. Indigenous reconciliation and environmental sustainability
7. ICTs: new tools for sustainability education
8. Healthy, sustainable design for children and communities
9. Changing systems: research, challenges, opportunities and synergies


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Julie M. Davis is a senior lecturer in the School of Early Childhood, Faculty of Education at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

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