Teaching Preservice Early Childhood Educators About Humane Education

  • Tunde Szecsi
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 8)


Young children are inquisitive about their environment. Humane education has the potential to create various learning opportunities to expand children’s understanding and skills for becoming responsible citizens of the globe. The infusion of humane education values into curriculum should occur every day. Therefore, early childhood teachers should incorporate humane education in lessons across the curriculum. Nevertheless, teachers need experience and preparation for this task. In the field of teacher preparation, courses on humane education can create opportunities for preservice teachers to construct knowledge, skills, and attitudes for shaping young children’s mind about the environment. This chapter proposes an argument for the infusion of humane education courses within teacher preparation. The theoretical framework emerges from a review of research on school-based humane education programs and on humane education courses at the university level. Subsequently, a project that piloted infused multidisciplinary humane education courses into teacher preparation is described, followed by the recommendations for early childhood teacher educators.


Humane education Early childhood teacher preparation Multidisciplinary approach Service learning Action-research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EducationFlorida Gulf Coast UniversityFort MyersUSA

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