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Global Learning for Global Colleges: creating opportunities greater access to international learning for 16-25 year olds.

Bentall, Clare and Bourn, Douglas and McGough, Hannah and Hodgson, Ann and Spours, Ken (2013) Global Learning for Global Colleges: creating opportunities greater access to international learning for 16-25 year olds. Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 0309-877X. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

This article explores the extent to which it is possible to incorporate global learning within the further education (FE) curriculum, drawing on the findings from the ‘Global Learning for Global Colleges’ (2009–2012) research and development project, funded by the Department for International Development (DfID). Against a background of increasing pressures on the FE sector, the project worked with six colleges in England to develop initiatives to promote global learning in the curriculum. Qualitative data were collected through observations, interviews, questionnaires and phone or email conversations with staff. The research defines global learning as not just a focus on developing skills for responding to an increasingly globalised world, but an approach to learning based on a concern for social justice, developing learners who see the relevance of their learning about global issues for their everyday and future lives. A number of factors are identified as having an influence on the process of incorporating global learning: existing institutional priorities and overseas partnerships; personal experience and enthusiasm of staff; level of subject and profile of students; exam and syllabus requirements. The findings illustrate both an enthusiasm for global learning, with colleges developing creative ways of exploring global issues with learners, and numerous challenges. The research suggests that local factors are critical and that, in the absence of a national policy requirement for global learning, these local factors need to be supported if colleges are to develop their approaches still further.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: global learning, curriculum, further eduction, international development, sustainable development, intercultural understanding
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 02:15
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:02
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