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Kindergarten children's introduction to sustainability through transformative, experiential nature play


Haas, C and Ashman, G, Kindergarten children's introduction to sustainability through transformative, experiential nature play, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39, (2) pp. 21-29. ISSN 0312-5033 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/183693911403900204


In Tasmania, kindergarten is part of the Department of Education and is available to all children who have turned four at the beginning of the year. The focus of this article is the development of global citizenship within the kindergarten setting through the implementation of the learning emphases of Global Education (GE). The particular emphasis selected is sustainability education. This paper explores ways through which nature play and concepts of sustainability are central to and can be developed and actioned by young learners in their journey to becoming global citizens. This paper outlines a case for implementing global education in the early years, followed by a focus on those values and pedagogies for kindergarten-aged children that link nature play with sustainability. Practical examples of successful pedagogy are presented, followed by some recommendations for teachers for achieving the goals of increased contact with the natural world in early childhood education.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:kindergarten, sustainability, play
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Primary education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ashman, G (Dr Greg Ashman)
ID Code:93378
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-07-30
Last Modified:2018-04-05
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