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Watery Webs of Interconnectedness: Waterways as Pedagogical Sites

Hirst, NJ, Boyd, DJ, Browder, J and Emery, S (2018) Watery Webs of Interconnectedness: Waterways as Pedagogical Sites. Croatian Journal of Education-Hrvatski Casopis za Odgoj i obrazovanje, 20 (3). ISSN 1848-5189

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Despite the ever-growing body of knowledge about human impacts on river and coastal ecosystems, and the need to work towards sustainable futures, young children's participation in environmental action initiatives in aquatic habitats remains low. This signifies an urgency for educators to support young children's relationship with freshwater and marine environments so they can acquire the skills and dispositions to become 'agents for change' for the environment. Guided by Deleuzian ideas of being and becoming, and ecologies of knowledges, this paper considers three exploratory case studies from England, the United States and Australia that investigated early childhood teachers' practices of using waterways as pedagogical sites. Data were collected through ethnographic methods of observations and interviews. Findings revealed that early childhood teachers viewed such habitats as spaces where action initiatives for sustainability can be conceived and incorporated as "webs of interconnectedness" into the curriculum. We conclude this study has the potential to expand understandings of under-utilized pedagogical spaces, such as natural water and marine habitats, where adults and children have permission to learn together to cultivate a more intimate relationship with the earth.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Early Childhood Education for Sustainability; Epistemology;; Being and becoming;; Waterways; Pedagogies
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Education
Publisher: University of Zagreb
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 09:50
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 10:43
DOI or ID number: https://hrcak.srce.hr/224082
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8158
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