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Early Childhood Education and Care for a Shared Sustainable World
People, Planet and Profits

ISBN 9781138478329
Published August 15, 2018 by Routledge
116 Pages

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Book Description

Making an important contribution to the growing body of literature addressing the issue of sustainability in the Early Years, Sandra Smidt provides a highly accessible text examining the philosophical, political, economic, social and cultural aspects of sustainability impacting on very young children today. Drawing on current and global research, Smidt presents case studies and vignettes illustrating good practice and positive thinking in this constantly expanding field.

After clarifying the myriad of acronyms used in this subject area, the book turns to the question of defining sustainability, before chapters explore a diverse range of topics:

  • How very young children make sense of the world and the critical role of teachers and practitioners in listening and responding to the questions they ask.
  • The young child as a citizen with a voice that needs to be heard, and ideas and opinions which should be shared.
  • Examples of how practitioners and settings are working democratically in recognition of the intellectual capacities of young children.
  • Possible pedagogies to support the learning and the emotional needs of very young children in relation to issues of sustainability.
  • The integration of services offering Early Childhood Care, and those offering Early Childhood Education.
  • Analysis of the professional standing of early childhood educators.

Other key issues addressed in the text include the worldwide impact of global warming, globalisation, capitalism and human aspiration. Smidt expertly navigates these issues, illustrating good practice and providing those working with young children with the knowledge and understanding they need to support children to develop, maintain and live in a sustainable world.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the book

The layperson’s guide to acronyms and icons

Chapter 1: Defining sustainable development

Chapter 2: The questioning child: the listening teacher

Chapter 3: The child as citizen

Chapter 4: Democracy in early childhood care and education

Chapter 5: The OMEP World Project

Chapter 6: A pedagogy for sustainability

Chapter 7: The case for care and education together

Chapter 8: Cultural considerations

Chapter 9: Other ways of thinking

Chapter 10: Professionalism

Chapter 11: Building hope.



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Sandra Smidt is a writer in early years education.