Education that Matters
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.
Mags Liddy is coordinator of the IDEA Research Community (part of the Irish Development Education Association) and a PhD candidate at the University of Limerick. She was a Research Associate with the Ubuntu Network from 2006 to 2010.
Marie Parker-Jenkins is Professor of Education in the Department of Education and Professional Studies and Director of the Research Centre for Education and Professional Practice at the University of Limerick.
«Education that Matters is a huge contribution towards the nurturing of the needed communities and cultures we must invent. The editors have searched and found successful case studies of Development Education programmes that both inspire and work. The book has powerful stories that reveal high academic goals and standards, a strong sense of usefulness and the possibility of adaptation and replication.» (Charles Hopkins, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair, York University, Toronto)