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Open Access What do young people learn when sponsoring a child in the Global South? Empirical findings from Germany

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This paper describes and analyses the results of research into the learning experiences of young people in Germany who sponsor a child living in the Global South as part of their school activities. First, the research context and methodological approach is presented. A qualitative-reconstructive design was applied using the documentary method of analysis to identify implicit knowledge structures. Second, the central findings, particularly three reconstructed types of learning experiences – concretization, generalization, dissociation – are presented and illustrated by extracts from the empirical data. Third, the discussion of the results reveals the limits of global learning from child sponsoring.
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Keywords: CHILD SPONSORING; DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION; GLOBAL LEARNING; QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 2018

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