Education for sustainable development in early childhood education

A global solution to local concerns?

Emma Pearson*, Sheila Degotardi

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    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 globalisation 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 characterised by diversity in early values and practices across socio-cultural 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)97-111
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Early Childhood
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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