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School Linking and Global Learning - Teachers' Reflections

Bourn, D; (2014) School Linking and Global Learning - Teachers' Reflections. (Development Education Research Centre Research Reports 12 , pp. pp. 1-44 ). Development Education Research Centre, Institute of Education, University College London: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Over the past decade, school linking has become an important feature of the landscape of global learning and development education in England. Yet what is the actual relationship between having an international link with a school in the Global South and the school’s broader curriculum learning activities on global and development issues? This paper addresses this question through a review of the existing literature on global learning and school learning, and through interviews and comments from teachers from seven schools in England. For many schools, establishing an international link started from enthusiasm for supporting a school in a poorer country and for broadening the mindset of its pupils. Wider social and cultural influences have played an important part in how pupils perceive their link, despite the best efforts of teachers to encourage a more social justice, global outlook. What is clear however is that, for all seven schools, developing a link has been of considerable value to the school. It has energised both teachers and pupils to look beyond their school to the wider world. Above all it has made global and development issues ‘real’ through practical examples of issues, people’s lifestyles and comparable forms of learning and education.

Type: Report
Title: School Linking and Global Learning - Teachers' Reflections
ISBN-13: 9780957454651
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-centres/cent...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Development Education Research Centre 2014.
Keywords: school linking, global learning
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/1489786
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