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Inspiring environmentally responsible preschool children through the implementation of the National Quality Framework: Uncovering what lies between theory and practice

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Abstract


  • EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR environmental sustainability (ECEfES) has become

    significant in the early years, as highlighted by the inclusion of ECEfES in Australia’s

    first and current National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and

    care (ECEC). This article reports on the major findings from a case study (Pollock, 2014),

    which aimed to uncover what lies between theory and practice, as ECEC educators

    attempt to support young children to become environmentally responsible, through the

    implementation of the NQF. This article discusses some of the findings from an analysis

    of the documents central to the NQF as well as semi-structured interviews with three

    university-qualified educators. Thematic analysis revealed that although challenging

    educators in some respects, the introduction of the NQF has enhanced their sustainability

    practices. This has emphasised the importance of listening to the voices of young

    children, a ‘whole of settings’ approach, and engaging in reflection.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Pollock, K., Warren, J. D. & Andersen, P. J. (2017). Inspiring environmentally responsible preschool children through the implementation of the National Quality Framework: Uncovering what lies between theory and practice. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42 (2), 12-19.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85024493778

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4051&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3046

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 12

End Page


  • 19

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR environmental sustainability (ECEfES) has become

    significant in the early years, as highlighted by the inclusion of ECEfES in Australia’s

    first and current National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and

    care (ECEC). This article reports on the major findings from a case study (Pollock, 2014),

    which aimed to uncover what lies between theory and practice, as ECEC educators

    attempt to support young children to become environmentally responsible, through the

    implementation of the NQF. This article discusses some of the findings from an analysis

    of the documents central to the NQF as well as semi-structured interviews with three

    university-qualified educators. Thematic analysis revealed that although challenging

    educators in some respects, the introduction of the NQF has enhanced their sustainability

    practices. This has emphasised the importance of listening to the voices of young

    children, a ‘whole of settings’ approach, and engaging in reflection.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Pollock, K., Warren, J. D. & Andersen, P. J. (2017). Inspiring environmentally responsible preschool children through the implementation of the National Quality Framework: Uncovering what lies between theory and practice. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42 (2), 12-19.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85024493778

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4051&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3046

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 12

End Page


  • 19

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia