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Caring for oneself, others and the environment: Education for sustainability in Swedish preschools
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies. (Child and Youth Studies)
2015 (English)In: Young children and the environment: early education for sustainability / [ed] Julie M. Davis, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, 2, 253-265 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this new chapter, the authors from Sweden provide a context for ECEfS by first describing key features of the Swedish early education system. They highlight that there is an underlying framework that supports sustainability education and the active participation of children in decision making around sustainability issues, even though sustainability, as such, is not overt within key national early childhood curriculum documents. They then discuss recent Swedish research related to ECEfS, identifying that, while advances are being made, there is a way to go in upskilling practitioners in ECEfS understandings and practices. They finish their chapter by outlining an example of ECEFS in practice that integrates all dimensions of sustainability – environment, economics and the social – and illustrates how young children can be actors and change agents within their communities.

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, 2. 253-265 p.
Keyword [en]
earcly childhood education, sustainability, ESD, child participation, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Child and Youth Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108939ISBN: 978 1 107 63634 7OAI: diva2:762214
Available from: 2014-11-11 Created: 2014-11-07 Last updated: 2014-11-11Bibliographically approved

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