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Title: Early Childhood Australia's Best of Sustainability: Research, Practice and Theory
Contributor(s): Elliott, Sue  (editor); Edwards, Susan (editor); Davis, Julie (editor); Cutter-Mackenzie, Amy (editor)
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: Seemingly straightforward tasks often have a way of becoming complex. This was the case for our guest editorial team charged with creating Early Childhood Australia's Best of Sustainability publication drawn from the the 'Australasian Journal of Early Childhood' and 'Every Child'. The complexities we encountered ranged from the varied terminologies and understandings of constructs such as education for sustainable development, environmental education and education for sustainability, through to the fundamental lack of published research on which to draw as the basis for a special issue. It is timely to explore these complexities as we face the global challenges of 'The Critical Decade' (DCCEE, 2011) including rising sea levels, extreme weather events and food security. At a local level, the early childhood field in Australia is seeking to interpret sustainability with systemic support from the 'National Quality Standards' (NQS) (ACECQA, 2011), while elsewhere environmental/sustainability education is encouraged through national curricula documents (for example, Singapore Ministry of Education, 2008; Swedish National Agency for Education, 2010; Ministry of Education of Korea, 2011). Both The Critical Decade and the NQS provide imperatives to drive early childhood education's engagement with sustainability. In other words, sustainability in early childhood education is no longer optional, but essential (Elliott, 2010).
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: Early Childhood Australia
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
ISBN: 9781921162688
Field of Research (FOR): 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
HERDC Category Description: A3 Book - Edited
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Extent of Pages: 67
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