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Title: Examining curriculum policy and pedagogy across borders: Re-imagining socially transformative learning in early childhood education
Contributor(s): Elliott, Sue  (author); Carr, Victoria (author); Arlemalm-Hagser, Eva (author); Park, Eunhye (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.3920/978-90-8686-846-9_14
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Abstract: The global impacts of climate change have dire consequences for young children and they are most at risk from the failure of current generations to envision sustainable futures both with and for them. It is apparent internationally that early childhood curriculum policy and pedagogy has not kept pace with the now pressing demands of global sustainability; and here, we offer insights from across the borders of our four countries. The early childhood years are a critical period for environmental and sustainability education and strong approaches are essential for promoting sustainable worldviews and socio-ecological knowledges. In this chapter we engage in an international dialogue to examine and critique curriculum policy and pedagogy in the United States of America, Australia, Korea and Sweden. The 'Decade of Education for Sustainable Development' reports have identified the key role of early childhood education here; and, now we re-imagine the possibilities for socially transformative learning in early childhood education. We examine curriculum policy and pedagogy and explore ways to rethink early childhood education for envisioning a sustainable future. Further, we discuss how our respective countries might accelerate the cultural embedding of environmental and sustainability education as a whole institution approach in early childhood education.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Envisioning futures for environmental and sustainability education, p. 205-216
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
Place of Publication: Wageningen, Netherlands
ISBN: 9789086863037
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390302 Early childhood education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160205 Policies and development
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Editor: Editor(s): Peter Blaze Corcoran, Joseph P Weakland & Arjen E J Wals
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