The Global Education Research and Teaching Team (GERT - http://global-education.net/) at the University of Newcastle launched their new book of global education focussed units of work for primary schools at the international Global Learning Equity Network Symposium on the 11th March 2016. The eight units address “big picture ideas” such as Change; and Citizenship while addressing current Australian and NSW curriculum outcomes and Global Education focuses such as Sustainable Futures; and Social Justice and Human Rights. The title of the teaching units is Growing Up Globally - Teaching global education in primary classrooms.
The Professional Teachers’ Council NSW has contributed much to our work by supporting us with funding over a five year period to work with preservice teachers; and they have supported us to write these teaching units for primary schools. Many thanks to Kim Tsolakis, Director of the Global Education Project NSW, who had the vison, Jill Sillar who worked on design and layout of the units and David Browne who made it accessible to a wide audience.
Global education means different things to different people but in Hanvey’s (1976) seminal schema for attaining a global perspective, Perspective Consciousness (appreciation of the fact that one’s own view of the world is not necessarily the same as that of someone else) and Awareness of Human Choices (awareness of one’s own cultural perspective) came the idea that global education is about developing globally minded world citizens who work with and for others. As the Melbourne Declaration argued:
As well as knowledge and skills a school’s legacy to young people should include national values of democracy, equity and justice and personal values and attributes such as honesty, resilience and respect for others (MCEETYA, 2008, p. 5).
We hope that these units will assist primary teachers prepare students who can do just this.
Sample from Growing Up Globally - Teaching global education in primary classrooms
Growing Up Globally_Introduction and Identity_sample (355.04 kB).
Members of the Global Education Research and Teaching (GERT) Team (L to R) Gale Ball, Ruth Reynolds,
Debbie Bradbury, Kate Ferguson-Patrick, Debra Donnelly, Jo Brown and Suzanne Macqueen
A framework for the development of active global citizenship in NSW schools.
Global education is a perspective which broadens students’ outlook to become active, engaged citizens of the global community. It provides deep learning opportunities for the exploration of all subjects through the five global education learning emphases: interdependence and globalisation;identity and cultural diversity; social justice and human rights; peace building and conflict resolution; and sustainable futures.