Multimodal meaning-making about environmental awareness and sustainability: connecting globally through digital postcards

Binder, Marni, Sorin, Reesa, Nolan, Jason, Chigeza, Philemon, and Wilkinson, Roger (2013) Multimodal meaning-making about environmental awareness and sustainability: connecting globally through digital postcards. In: [Presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting]. pp. 1-25. From: AERA 2013: American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 27 April - 1 May 2013, San Francisco, CA, USA.

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[Extract] Over the last decade, there has been an ever- growing discourse around environmental issues in education and situating sustainability concepts in early childhood learning (Barrett Hacking, Barratt & Scott, 2007). Some authorities believe that if an ethic of caring is not established during childhood, the first few years of life, then these attitudes may never be developed (White, 2004). Therefore, many began to consider how children could be stimulated and encouraged to reconnect with local, natural environments. Noddings (2010) argues for a care ethic in education that cultivates empathy and critical thinking, important character qualities for challenging status quo beliefs.


Allowing children to create visual narratives of understanding and tell stories, allowed the researchers to enter into their conceptual understandings of self, others and the world (Binder, 2011). While the research explored how arts-based, multimodal methods in a crosscountry online learning environment can help to determine and enhance young children's understanding about their and others' environments and environmental sustainability, for the purpose of this paper, the researchers will focus on what emerged from the visual narratives and stories created by children in both countries, the intersection, supported by the interviews, and the approach of online learning using blogs enhanced environmental awareness.

Item ID: 30834
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
Keywords: arts-based research, environmental sustainability in early childhood
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