ERIC Number: EJ871370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Education for Sustainable Development in Early Childhood Education: A Global Solution to Local Concerns?
Pearson, Emma; Degotardi, Sheila
International Journal of Early Childhood, v41 n2 p97-111 Sep 2009
This paper makes the case that Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) offers the field of early childhood a valuable base upon which to begin addressing some substantial contemporary concerns. In the paper, we outline key recent developments in the field of early childhood, particularly those related to globalization and the spread of European American ideals. Yet ESD promotes the incorporation of local and indigenous understandings in formal education. We propose that, given; (i) broadening appreciation of the reality that early childhood education is characterized by diversity in early values and practices across sociocultural contexts, and; (ii) global interest in and commitment to early childhood education, the field is not only in need of, but also well-placed to adopt this key principle of ESD.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Sustainable Development, Global Approach, Educational Development, Values
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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