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Palgrave Macmillan

Development Education in Policy and Practice

ISBN 9781137324658
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Development education is a radical form of learning that addresses the structural causes of poverty, inequality and injustice in the global North and South. It equips learners with the skills, values, attitudes and understanding needed to take effective action toward social change. This comprehensive collection rigorously debates development education practice in the formal and informal education sectors and the policy environment in which it is delivered. It affirmatively points to the transformative power of education to engage learners in actions that tackle the underlying factors that sustain poverty. With neoliberalism in crisis and poverty enveloping the global North, the book argues that development education has an important role to play in debating alternative paradigms of development informed by social need and sustainability. The global cast of authors with extensive experience of the sector provide an indispensable guide to a burgeoning area of education.

Stephen McCloskey is Director of the Centre for Global Education, a non-governmental development organisation based in Belfast, UK. He is editor of Policy and Practice, a peer reviewed, online development education journal funded by Irish Aid. He is engaged in activism on Cuba and Palestine and has written extensively on development issues and development education.

Foreword: Global Learning in Europe: Looking Back and Moving Forward'; Helmuth Hartmeyer
1. Introduction: Transformative Learning in the Age of Neo-liberalism; Stephen McCloskey
2. Soft versus Critical Global Citizenship Education; Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti
3. Learning to Read the World? Educating for 'Active (Global) Citizenship' in the Formal Curriculum; Audrey Bryan
4. Typologies of Development Education: From Learning About Development to Critical Global Pedagogy; Douglas Bourn
5. Critical thinking and Development Education: How do we develop meta-cognitive capacities?; Roland Tormey
6. Young People and Development: The Role of Global Youth Work in Engagement and Learning; Paul Adams
7. Moving Beyond Boundaries: Development Education in Initial Teacher Education; Fionnuala Waldron
8. Strengthening Development Education Practice in the Higher Education Sector: Reimagining research; Su-ming Khoo
9. Striking A Faustian Bargain? Development Education, Education for Sustainable Development and the Economic Growth Agenda; David Selby and Fumiyo Kagawa
10. Development Education and Climate Change; Glenn Strachan
11. Groping Towards a New Future: Educating for Paradigm Change; Peadar Kirby
12. New Paradigms for Social Transformation in Latin America; Ronaldo Munck
13. Political Society and Subaltern Social Movements (SSM) in India: Implications for Development/Global Education; Dip Kapoor
14. The Deglobalisation Paradigm: A Critical Discourse on Alternatives; Dorothy Grace Guerrero
15. Development Education in a European Context; Gerard McCann
16. Beyond the MDGs: Toward a new Development Framework; Mwangi Waituru
17. Conclusion: Whither Development Education in a Shifting Policy Landscape?; Stephen McCloskey

Stephen McCloskey, Centre for Global Education, UK
Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, University of Oulu, Finland
Audrey Bryan, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Ireland
Douglas Bourn, Development Education Research Centre, UK
Roland Tormey, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Paul Adams, University of East London, UK
Fionnuala Waldron, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Ireland
Su-ming Khoo, National University of Ireland
David Selby, Sustainability Frontiers, Canada
Fumiyo Kagawa, Sustainability Frontiers, Canada
Glenn Strachan, South Bank University, UK
Peadar Kirby, University of Limerick, Ireland
Ronaldo Munck, Dublin City University, Ireland
Dip Kapoor, University of Alberta
Dorothy Grace Guerrero, Focus on the Global South, Thailand
Gerard McCann, St. Mary's University College, Ireland
Mwangi Waituru, SEED Institute, Kenya


"With a radical pedagogy rooted in the global South which has increasing traction in education systems in the global North, development education has long deserved a comprehensive treatment that assesses the full breadth of its practice. This overdue collection is therefore most welcome and makes a passionate and persuasive case for more global learning in formal and informal education, particularly in the aftermath of the financial crisis which has brought greater poverty and inequality to the door of the global North. This text considers development education practice in a range of educational settings and analyses the policy context in which it is delivered. It is an essential guide to education practitioners committed to bringing transformative agendas to their teaching and learning" -Denis O'Hearn, Professor of Sociology, Binghamton University, New York
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