1st Edition

The Theory and Practice of Development Education
A pedagogy for global social justice

ISBN 9781138804777
Published November 3, 2014 by Routledge
222 Pages

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Book Description

Development education is much more than learning about development; it is a pedagogy for the globalised societies of the twenty-first century that incorporates discourses from critical pedagogy and postcolonialism, and a mechanism for ensuring that differing perspectives are reflected within education, particularly those from developing countries. Learning about development and global issues is now part of the school curriculum in a number of countries, and terms such as global citizenship, sustainable development and cultural understanding are commonplace in many educational contexts. Development education has been recognised as one of the educational discourses that has influenced the acceptance of these terms, for both policy-makers and practitioners.

This ground-breaking volume addresses the history, theoretical influences, practices and impact of development education in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. Chapters include how development education evolved, the influence of theorists such as Paulo Freire, the practices of aid and development agencies, and the impact of governments seeking evidence of public understanding of and engagement with development.

The Theory and Practice of Development Education provides essential reading for anyone engaged in re-thinking and reflecting upon the educational needs of a globalised society, and seeking approaches towards learning that place social justice at the heart of that practice. It will be of particular interest to academics and postgraduate students in the fields of development education, international education and globalisation.

Table of Contents

Part 1: History, Terminology and Structures  Introduction: A Personal Journey and Rationale.  From Learning About Development to Global Learning.  What is Meant by Development Education.  Development Education: A Network, Community of Practice or a Movement for Educational Change?  Part 2: Theory of Development Education  Towards a Theory of Development Education.  A Pedagogical Framework  Part 3: The Practice of Development Education  Building a Knowledge Base - Learning About Development.  Learning and Skills in a Global Society.  Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Education for a More Just World.  Impact and Evaluation  Part 4: Pedagogy for Global Learning  Putting Learning at the Heart of Development Education.  Development Education: A Pedagogy for Global Learning.  Conclusion.

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Douglas Bourn is Director of the Development Education Research Centre at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.


‘The book suggests that development education’s pedagogical framework should be based on four underlying principles: global outlook, recognition of power and inequality in the world, belief in social justice and equity, and commitment to reflection, dialogue, and transformation. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.’ - D. L. Stoloff, Eastern Connecticut State University, in CHOICE, June 2015