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Young Children and the Environment
Early Education for Sustainability


Julie Davis, Sue Elliott, Megan Gibson, Robert Pratt, Lesley Robinson, Sue Vaealiki, Melinda Miller, Margaret Lloyd, Sue Cooke, Jo-Anne Ferreira
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  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521736121


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  • Young Children and the Environment is intended for tertiary students in Early Childhood Education and as a reference for child care practitioners and primary school teachers to promote education for sustainability (EfS) from birth to 8 years. The focus is on early education services, including day care centres, kindergartens, preschools, preparatory year classrooms, and Years 1-3 in schools. The book draws on recent literature in the areas of organisational, educational and cultural change and education for environmental sustainability. Early childhood case studies and vignettes are integrated throughout to exemplify leadership in creating change for sustainability. The text refers to national and international initiatives such as ‘Child Friendly Cities’, ‘Sustainable Schools’, and ‘Health Promoting Schools’ and explores the existing and potential links with early childhood education.

    • Contributions from experts in a range of topical ECE areas - including leadership, information technology, indigenous issues, health, ethics and pedagogy
    • Chapters feature break-out boxes and 'Provocations' (reflective questions/exercises), and it is illustrated throughout with references at the end of each chapter
    • Presents ANZ perspectives within a global context
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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521736121
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Introduction Julie Davis
    Part I:
    1. What is early childhood education for sustainability? Julie Davis
    2. Children in the natural world Sue Elliott
    3. Leadership for creating cultures of sustainability Megan Gibson
    4. Changing curriculum and pedagogy: daily practices and resources Robert Pratt
    5. Sustainability: ethics principles and policy Lesley Robinson and Sue Vaealiki
    Part II:
    6. Indigenous reconciliation and environmental sustainability Melinda Miller
    7. ICTs: new tools for sustainability education Margaret Lloyd
    8. Healthy, sustainable design for children and communities Sue Cooke
    9. Changing systems: research, challenges, opportunities and synergies Jo-Anne Ferreira and Julie Davis

  • Author

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


    Julie Davis, Sue Elliott, Megan Gibson, Robert Pratt, Lesley Robinson, Sue Vaealiki, Melinda Miller, Margaret Lloyd, Sue Cooke, Jo-Anne Ferreira

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