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Education that Matters

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


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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Audrey Bryan is a lecturer in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. She teaches Sociology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level across the Education and Humanities programmes in the College. She was awarded a PhD in Comparative and International Education and Sociology from Columbia University in 2006. She has published nationally and interna- tionally in the areas of citizenship education, development studies and anti-racism. Her current research interests include youth activism and citizenship in contexts of post-sovereignty and the ethics of international development imagery. Martin Fitzgerald has been teaching since 1981. During that time he has worked in the second level sector for seventeen years (four as school principal), with the Second Level Support Service–CSPE for two years, and in the third level sector for eleven years. His primary interests are in teaching and learning and teacher education. His research has focussed mainly on his practice as a teacher and particularly on working with adult learners. He is also committed to Development Education and promoting this as a fundamental practitioner framework within the teaching context. Charlotte Holland is Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University. She held the Chair of the Institute of Educational Research in Ireland from June 2010 to September 2011. She actively lectures, undertakes research and publishes at national and European levels in the areas of ICT-enabled Education for Sustainability, curriculum development and values-based learning. Fiona King is currently working as interim co-ordinator with the Ubuntu Network. Over the past six...

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