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Early Childhood Education for Sustainability and the legacies of two pioneering giants

Boyd, DJ (2018) Early Childhood Education for Sustainability and the legacies of two pioneering giants. Early Years: an international research journal Special Issue. ISSN 0957-5146

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This paper considers Early Childhood Education for Sustainable Development from a historical perspective recognising the similar perspectives of two pioneers, Maria Montessori and Rudolph Steiner. These pioneers advocated for strong community ethics based on social justice, peace and equality, discussed around current practices in England. The Early Years Foundation Stage recognises the importance of an inclusive environment but there is little recognition of how the power of education has the ability to transform children and adults. Montessori notes the child as the ‘constructor of civilisation’ resonates with the idea of a strong capable child in contrast to a passive deficit model as a child that listens ‘attentively ‘and ‘responds appropriately’. Similarly, the key attributes Steiner fostered ensured children have an ‘inner voice of conscience and a sense of justice and responsibility.’ This paper defines early childhood as a transformative time, empowering children to act as critical agents of change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Montessori, Steiner – Waldorf, community, sustainability, early childhood.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 11:35
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 10:43
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/09575146.2018.1442422
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8165
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