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

Bentall, C; Bourn, D; McGough, H; Hodgson, A; Spours, K; (2014) Global Learning for Global Colleges: Creating opportunities for greater access to international learning for 16-25 year olds. Journal of Further and Higher Education , 38 (5) pp. 621-640. 10.1080/0309877X.2013.817001. Green open access

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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. © 2013 © 2013 UCU.

Type: Article
Title: Global Learning for Global Colleges: Creating opportunities for greater access to international learning for 16-25 year olds
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2013.817001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2013.817001
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Further and Higher Education on 6 August 2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0309877X.2013.817001.
Keywords: global learning, curriculum, further education, international development, sustainable development, intercultural understanding
UCL classification: UCL
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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474859
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