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In: The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning

Chapter 19: An Australian Perspective: Seeking Sustainability in Early Childhood Outdoor Play Spaces

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An Australian Perspective: Seeking Sustainability in Early Childhood Outdoor Play Spaces
An Australian Perspective: Seeking Sustainability in Early Childhood Outdoor Play Spaces
Sue Elliott
INTRODUCTION

In this chapter, a social constructivist lens (Crotty, 1998) is employed to explore understandings of sustainability, education for sustainability (EfS) and outdoor play spaces. Further, critical theory (Friere, 1976) offers a frame for interrogating assumptions and misconceptions about educator roles and children's learning in this arena. Key emergent issues here include an assumption that playing outdoors per se, particularly in natural settings, constitutes education for sustainability, and misconceptions about the pedagogical role of educators in facilitating EfS. These issues are highly pertinent given the recent implementation of sustainability policy ...

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