Cultivating Eco-creativity: The Seeds of Ecological Responsibility in the Hands of Norwegian Early Childhood Teachers

  • Biljana C. Fredriksen


Emerging necessity to empower new generations for dealing with environmental problems and finding creative solutions requires teachers who are able to support the development of ecological responsibility. This chapter builds on the understanding that young children possess embodied capacities needed for creativity, but that they need to cultivate their creativity in line with requirements of sustainable development: with care and responsibility for the present and future life on the planet. Young children are seen as competent agents of their own learning, simultaneously vulnerable when entrusted to their teachers’ use of power. An example from an interpretative self-study of child–teacher interaction in Norway demonstrates how power, values, and emotional engagement embedded in the child–teacher interactions influence the child’s possibilities to be empowered to address future environmental challenges.


Early childhood education Eco-creativity Values Inter-subjectivity Power 


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  • Biljana C. Fredriksen
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  1. 1.University College of Southeast NorwayNotoddenNorway

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