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A study to investigate, explore and identify successful 'interventions' to support teachers in a transformative move from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality

Simpson, J; (2016) A study to investigate, explore and identify successful 'interventions' to support teachers in a transformative move from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality. (Global Learning Programme Innovation Fund Research Series 2 ). Global Learning Programme (GLP) – England: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Educators hold a potentially pivotal role in promoting a just and sustainable world for current and future generations. However, in reality, for many schools and educators global learning begins with charity and fundraising, and does not reach beyond this ‘charity mentality’. This limitation to learning has the potential to distort people’s perceptions of other countries or peoples, particularly of those in the ‘South’. The purpose of this research is to explore the potential of one of the six aims of the Global Learning Programme (GLP) in England: to move educators from a ‘charity mentality’ towards a ‘social justice mentality’ and to identify to what extent this might impact on teachers’ approaches to their practice. In this paper I explore the concepts of both charity and social justice mentalities in relation to education and the GLP. I assess whether the interventions used during a twilight session engendered a transformational move towards social justice and consider the practical application of the interventions within the wider GLP twilight programme.

Type: Report
Title: A study to investigate, explore and identify successful 'interventions' to support teachers in a transformative move from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality
ISBN-13: 978-0-9934888-1-8
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/...
Language: English
Additional information: Published in in collaboration with the Development Education Research Centre, UCL Institute of Education, London, WC1H OPD.
Keywords: global learning, global education, development education, sustainability, social justice
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10124359
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