eCite Digital Repository

Exploring how adults who work with young children conceptualise sustainability and describe their practice initiatives


Hill, A and Emery, S and Nailon, D and Dyment, J and Getenet, S and McCrea, N and Davis, JM, Exploring how adults who work with young children conceptualise sustainability and describe their practice initiatives, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39, (3) pp. 14 - 22. ISSN 0312-5033 (2014) [Refereed Article]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2014 Early Childhood Australia

Official URL:

DOI: doi:10.1177/183693911403900303


THE development of Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (ECEfS) practices with young children from birth to eight years is an emerging area in academic and professional literature. ECEfS practices reflect growing awareness of the imperative for twenty-first century societies to respond to the pressures of unsustainable patterns of living.This article contributes to the growing area of ECEfS research by exploring sustainability conceptualisations and practice initiatives as reported by early childhood teachers, educators, pre-service educators and parents inTasmania. We do this by analysing data collected from participants who attended ECEfS professional learning workshops, entitled Living and learning about sustainability in the early years. Findings show that environmental (nature/natural) aspects of sustainability dominate these adults' practice initiatives and understandings. While many of the reported educational initiatives are to be celebrated, the authors contend that there is much work to be done to extend thinking and practice beyond the natural/environmental dimension in order to embrace holistic notions of sustainability incorporating social, economic and political dimensions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:early childhood, sustainability
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Hill, A (Dr Allen Hill)
UTAS Author:Emery, S (Dr Sherridan Emery)
UTAS Author:Nailon, D (Ms Di Nailon)
UTAS Author:Dyment, J (Associate Professor Janet Dyment)
UTAS Author:Getenet, S (Mr Seyum Getenet)
ID Code:97312
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-12-10
Last Modified:2017-11-20

Repository Staff Only: item control page