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Tomorrow's leaders and today's agents of change? Children, sustainability education and environmental governance

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Catherine WalkerORCiD


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Children are central to the rhetoric supporting global climate agreements, yet they are also envisaged to play a strategic role in materialising such agreements. Along with other household actors, children are implicated in localised efforts to manage global resource sustainability. As learners in educational systems that are being redesigned to encompass messages of sustainability, children are moreover positioned as ‘agents of change’ through sustainability education. Drawing on theoretical work on children's agency and interdependence, this review calls for greater attention to the structural and relational dimensions of environmental knowledge transmission to inform sustainability education. This is presented as one move towards constructing what Middlemiss (2014) terms a more ‘socially sensitive’ model of sustainable development.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Walker C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Children and Society

Year: 2017

Volume: 31

Issue: 1

Pages: 72-83

Print publication date: 01/03/2017

Online publication date: 05/12/2016

Acceptance date: 30/09/2016

ISSN (print): 0951-0605

ISSN (electronic): 1099-0860

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd


DOI: 10.1111/chso.12192


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