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Water, Waste Material, and Energy as Key Dimensions of Sustainable Management of Early Childhood Eco-Schools: An Environmental Literacy Model Based on Teachers Action-Competencies (ELTAC)

Educational Methodology Research Department, Faculty of Education, University of Granada, 10871 Granada, Spain
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Water 2021, 13(2), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13020145
Received: 27 November 2020 / Revised: 24 December 2020 / Accepted: 7 January 2021 / Published: 10 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Education for Sustainable Development: Exploring Water and Energy)
The main argument defended in this article is that the involvement of teachers in decision-making about environmental aspects related to the management of educational institutions constitutes a powerful tool for training, teacher professional development, and environmental literacies. A group of early childhood education teachers across various institutions work under a collaborative action-research model for an entire year that is focussed on the following: (1) the institution’s water, solid waste, and energy management; (2) the planning of innovative activities related to water, solid waste, and energy, and; (3) participation in transformative actions that involve families and impact their neighbourhoods. The experience enables the building of a theoretical model of teacher training aimed at acquiring action skills from a comprehensive perspective of triple helix environmental literacy (management, research/innovation, and teaching) that affects their commitments to the management of environmental resources, the eco-auditing of their eco-school, the curricular greening of activities, the renewal of educational programs, and the implementation of an action-research focussed on aspects related to sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: education for sustainability; curricular innovation; sustainable management; teacher training; action research; water; waste material; energy; eco-school; early childhood education for sustainability; curricular innovation; sustainable management; teacher training; action research; water; waste material; energy; eco-school; early childhood
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López-Alcarria, A.; Poza-Vilches, M.F.; Pozo-Llorente, M.T.; Gutiérrez-Pérez, J. Water, Waste Material, and Energy as Key Dimensions of Sustainable Management of Early Childhood Eco-Schools: An Environmental Literacy Model Based on Teachers Action-Competencies (ELTAC). Water 2021, 13, 145. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13020145

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López-Alcarria A, Poza-Vilches MF, Pozo-Llorente MT, Gutiérrez-Pérez J. Water, Waste Material, and Energy as Key Dimensions of Sustainable Management of Early Childhood Eco-Schools: An Environmental Literacy Model Based on Teachers Action-Competencies (ELTAC). Water. 2021; 13(2):145. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13020145

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López-Alcarria, Abigail; Poza-Vilches, María F.; Pozo-Llorente, María T.; Gutiérrez-Pérez, José. 2021. "Water, Waste Material, and Energy as Key Dimensions of Sustainable Management of Early Childhood Eco-Schools: An Environmental Literacy Model Based on Teachers Action-Competencies (ELTAC)" Water 13, no. 2: 145. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13020145

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