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Education that Matters

Teachers, Critical Pedagogy and Development Education at Local and Global Level

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Edited By Mags Liddy and Marie Parker-Jenkins

Today’s learners are faced with an unprecedented set of global and local development challenges, yet so much of the education on offer is based on yesterday’s thinkers, yesterday’s ideas and yesterday’s lessons. A time of change requires new approaches to teaching and learning which have relevance to learners’ everyday lives now and in the future. This book argues that Development Education needs to be embedded into the curriculum, where it has the potential to strengthen democracy and create a more egalitarian society. It employs the concept of critical pedagogy as a teaching approach which has the capacity to impact on learners’ future decisions.
The book offers a highly accessible and innovative approach to Development Education, challenging teachers to engage with global issues. It demonstrates how knowledge and content, teaching methodologies and global issues can be embedded in education programmes. Drawing on five years of research and practice by leading educators across twelve universities and colleges of education, the book demonstrates the innovative work of the Ubuntu Network project and places it in the international context of rethinking and reorientating education.

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This book arrives at a most opportune time. Not only is the world struggling with the traditional development paradigm, there is no obvious new one in sight. We must learn our way forward but our main guidance system is one of knowing what to move away from. We still struggle with Gauguin’s three questions: Where did we come from, what are we and where are we going? Now to these three we must add: Is this where we want to go? Education that Matters makes an important contribution to help us deal with these questions in an informed manner by posing powerful models and exemplars. I am honoured to be asked to write the Foreword for this book. In some sense we must learn from the f light recorders of crashed devel- opment approaches in the past. We have many examples to learn from. We can pick almost any century and find unsuccessful attempts of sustainable development from Prehistory to the current economic meltdown. While we may take solace in the fact that we have faced these crises in the past and survived, we also know that each cycle gets larger and more and more people suf fer. While we seem to learn the same lessons over and over with the rise of each new empire the cost of the societal tuition grows exponentially. The enormity and complexity also grows with each unsuccessful attempt. We see the urgency in report after report – the Stern Report on the economic cost of...

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