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Open Access Development Education: Towards a re-conceptualisation

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Development education emerged from the desire by governments with aid budgets and development non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to secure greater public understanding and support for international development. As a field of learning, development education became increasingly influenced by the thinking of Paulo Freire and allied to areas such as global education, global learning and global citizenship, has become a feature of education practice within a number of European countries. But this influence has been linked primarily to the work of NGOs. If development education and its related terms are to have any major educational influence there is a need to re-conceptualise the field with the context of a learning framework, the knowledge society and the impact of globalisation on education.

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Keywords: DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION; EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; GLOBAL EDUCATION; GLOBAL LEARNING; GLOBALISATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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  • The International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning is now published by UCL Press. New issues and all the back content shown here are available through ScienceOpen and accessed from the journal's page at UCL Press

    This internationally refereed journal publishes the outcomes of research and current debates on development education and related concepts such as global learning, global education, and global citizenship. The journal is an academic response to the increased public and educational interest in learning and understanding about the wider world. It offers greater understanding of the reasons for global inequality and how global issues such as poverty affect people's everyday lives. It critically explores international development issues so as to help people develop the practical skills and confidence to make positive changes, both locally and globally. Development education and related areas such as global learning have their roots primarily in the practice of non-governmental organisations. The journal brings to the international academic and research community the richness and importance of this neglected academic area. Its purpose is to help advance theoretical and empirical understanding of development education and global learning through a focus on research and reviewing policy and practice in the field.public and educational interest in learning and understanding about the wider world. It offers greater understanding of the reasons for global inequality and how global issues such as poverty affect people's everyday lives. It critically explores international development issues so as to help people develop the practical skills and confidence to make positive changes, both locally and globally.

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