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Making 'place' for ecological sustainability in early childhood education


Duhn, I, Making 'place' for ecological sustainability in early childhood education, Environmental Education Research, 18, (1) pp. 19-29. ISSN 1350-4622 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13504622.2011.572162


Culturally, childhood is often understood as a time of innocence which can mean that issues such as ecological sustainability are considered too problematic for early childhood practice. By drawing on findings from a research project that focused on issues of ecological sustainability in early childhood centres in New Zealand from Western and indigenous perspectives, this article contributes a critical perspective of ecological sustainability as an educational issue in early childhood education (ECE). The article falls into two parts: the first section gives an overview of some of the conceptual and theoretical issues that underpin critical perspectives of childhood, and provides a context for current global ECE discourse, while the second section introduces the research project and discusses the intersections of 'local' and 'global' in light of teachers' emerging 'pedagogies of place'. The intent is to demonstrate that critical engagement with such complex global issues as ecological sustainability generates spaces for new understandings of how ECE can contribute to theory and practice of education for sustainability.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:early childhood, pedagogies of place, sociology of childhood, global/local, indigenous knowledge
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Early childhood education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Early childhood education
UTAS Author:Duhn, I (Professor Iris Duhn)
ID Code:153464
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:80
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-09-16
Last Modified:2022-10-14
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