Researching Early Childhood Education for Sustainability: Challenging Assumptions and Orthodoxies, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Researching Early Childhood Education for Sustainability

Challenging Assumptions and Orthodoxies, 1st Edition

Edited by Sue Elliott, Eva Ärlemalm-Hagsér, Julie Davis


224 pages

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Sustainability is a global issue that urgently needs addressing, and the most serious consequences are for children and future generations. This book captures the now burgeoning early childhood education for sustainability (ECEfS) research from an ever-widening and diverse pool of researchers. With contributions from around the world, the text engages with perspectives that challenge dominant, Western worldviews about sustainability, nature and children with standpoints from Japan, India and North American Indigenous peoples. The editors promote, critique and explain the latest ECEfS research from researchers who share ethically-reimagined worldviews in light of UN global policy directives.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Framing the text (to be updated)

Davis, Elliott and Ärlemalm-Hagsér

Cluster 1: Ethics, values and reimagining/rethinking worldviews

1. Analysis of historical and contemporary EC theories in the Anthropocene (Sue Elliott - Australia & Eva Ärlemalm-Hagsér - Sweden)

2. New theoretical frames for reimagining worldviews: New materialism and post humanism (Kassahun Weldmariam & co-author - Sweden)

3. Redefining sustainability from North American Indigenous perspectives: Subsistence and regenerative approaches (Carie Green-USA, Pam Whitty, Enid Elliot & Deb Harwood-Canada)

4. Majority non-western and minority western worldviews: A systematic review to examine key sustainability concepts (Sylvia Almeida-India & Michiko Inoue-Japan)

5. Environmental and conceptual limits: Calling into question (the limits of) contemporary conceptualization of child, educator, environment and sustainability (Jo-Anne Ferreira & Julie Davis – Australia)

Cluster 2: International perspectives and contexts (added new countries)

6. Synoposis: An update on countries previously represented in first edition (Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom) (Sue Elliott - Australia & Eva Ärlemalm-Hagsér - Sweden)

About the Editors

Julie Davis is Adjunct Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is an active researcher in ECEfs through ongoing research projects, punlications, and conference presentations both in Australia and internationally.

Sue Elliott is Senior Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator in Early Childhood Education at the University of New England, Australia. She is an experienced practitioner, acdemica, consultant, author and researche rin early childhood education with a focus on education for sustinability, outdoor playspaces and forest preschools.

Eva Ärlemalm-Hagsér is Associate Professor in early childhood teacher education at Malardalen University, Sweden. Her research focus is on education for sustainability and childrn's participation and agency within policy and practices.

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