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:
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.
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.