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Early Childhood Education and Care for Sustainability
International Perspectives

ISBN 9781138239449
Published November 10, 2017 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

This innovative and timely book explores issues and concerns surrounding Education for Sustainable Development in early childhood, providing a range of perspectives on how we can live and promote more healthy, just and sustainable lives. It examines the professional responsibility of Early Years practitioners to embed sustainability into their everyday practice and to ensure that young children are acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to become effective agents of change, committed problem-solvers and system-thinkers.

Bringing together international examples of best practice, drawing on cutting-edge research, and providing an array of practical examples, chapters focus on issues such as:

  • the historical context of Early Education for Sustainability
  • complexities and challenges involved in implementing sustainable approaches
  • encouraging children to contribute to an enabling society
  • adopting environmentally sustainable approaches in Early Years settings
  • the future of sustainability in Early Years education.

This book offers essential support to Early Years educators, practitioners and students who are key players in shaping the fundamental attitudes and beliefs of our planet’s future citizens, enabling them to assume their responsibilities, now and in the future, in regard to environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Table of Contents

Introduction Valerie Huggins and David Evans, Plymouth University, UK

2. Early Childhood Education for Sustainability Eva Ärlemalm Hagsér & Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson

3. Towards a pedagogy of hope: Sustainability Education in the early years Alice Warwick and Paul Warwick

4. The importance of creativity in early childhood care and education for sustainability Paulette Luff

5. Promoting ECCE for Sustainability with very young children David Evans

6. Education Sustainability in the Hungarian Context Anikó Nagy Varga PhD, Balázs Molnár PhD, Sándor Pálfi, Sándor Szerepi

7. Early Education for Sustainability in Majority World contexts Valerie Huggins

8. Yes we can! Young children learning to contribute to an enabling society Maria Assunção Folque

9. Nestling into the Lifeworld: The importance of Place in Grounding the Early Years Alun Morgan and Sue Waite

10. Sustainable and entrepreneurial leadership in a time of scarce resources Jan Georgeson

11. The Contribution of Forest School to Early Childhood Care and Education for Sustainability Paulette Luff and Sara Knight

12. Designing environmentally sustainable provocations for early years learning environments Sandra Hesterman

13. Where next for ECE for Sustainability? John Siraj-Blatchford and Valerie Huggins with Lucien Georgeson

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Valerie Huggins is Associate Director for Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor in Early Childhood Studies at the Institute of Education, Plymouth University, UK.

David Evans retired as Principal Lecturer and Director of the Integrated Masters Programme at Plymouth University, UK. He is currently involved in ECE curriculum development in Majority World contexts.