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Playing With Environmental Education

  • Amy Cutter-Mackenzie (a1) and Susan Edwards (a2)


This article represents the early collaboration of Cutter-Mackenzie and Edwards in early childhood environmental education. The article grappled with the notion of knowledge and its role in the teaching and learning of early childhood education. At that time, ‘knowledge’ was viewed as difficult to integrate with play-based approaches to learning in early childhood education due to reliance in the field of traditional theories of play as a basis for early childhood pedagogy. This meant that open-ended or free play dominated practice, where the role of the teacher was invariably to be seen but not heard.



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Cutter-Mackenzie, A., Edwards, S., Moore, D., & Boyd, W. (2014). Young children's play and environmental education in early childhood education. The Netherlands: Springer.
Cutter-Mackenzie, A., & Edwards, S. (2013). The next 20 years: Imagining and re-imagining sustainability, environment and education in early childhood education. In Elliott, S., Davis, J., Edwards, S., & Cutter-Mackenzie, A. (Eds.), Best of sustainability: Research, practice and theory (pp. 6167). Canberra, Australia: Early Childhood Australia.
Cutter-Mackenzie, A., Edwards, S., & Widdop Quinton, H. (2014). Child-framed video research methodologies: Issues, possibilities and challenges for researching with children. Children's Geographies. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/14733285.2013.848598
Edwards, S., & Cutter-Mackenzie, A. (2011). Enviromentalising early childhood education curriculum through pedagogies of play. Australian Journal of Early Childhood Education, 36 (1), 5160.
Edwards, S., & Cutter-Mackenzie, A. (2013). ‘Next time we can be penguins’: Expanding the concept of ‘learning play’ to support learning and teaching about sustainability in early childhood education. In Lillemyr, O., Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (Eds.), Varied perspectives on play and learning: Theory and research in early years education (pp. 255274). Charlotte, NY: Information Age Press.
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Australian Journal of Environmental Education
  • ISSN: 0814-0626
  • EISSN: 2049-775X
  • URL: /core/journals/australian-journal-of-environmental-education
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