This project investigated play-based approaches to teaching and learning about sustainability in early childhood education. Findings from this project were cited in the UNESCO Final Report for the UN Decade for Sustainable Education 2005-2014.


  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project  $60,000



Research Investigators

Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Southern Cross University


Cutter-Mackenzie, A. Edwards, S., Moore, D., & Boyd, W. (2014). Young children’s play and environmental education in early childhood education. Springer: Dordrecht.

Cutter-Mackenzie, A., & Edwards, S. (2013). The next twenty years. Imagining and re-imagining sustainability, environment and education in early childhood education. In S. Elliott, S. Edwards, J. Davis & A. Cutter-Mackenzie(Eds). Early Childhood Australia’s Best of Sustainability. Research Practice and Theory, pp. 61-67. Early Childhood Australia: Canberra.

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. Chapter in O.Lillemyr, S. Dockett., & B. Perry (Eds.), International perspectives on play and early childhood education, pp. 55-75 New York: Information Age Publishing.

Edwards, S. (2016, October). Play-based learning and intentional teaching: forever different? Keynote speech presented at the Early Childhood Australia National Conference, Darwin Convention Centre, Australia.


November 18, 2016

Chief Investigator/s

Professor Susan Edwards

Research Status




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