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The impact of Development Education in ITE

Student Teacher Voices, May 2017

Ruth Mahony, TCD

"My name is Ruth Mahony. I completed a BA in English and History at Trinity College, Dublin, in 2010, and an MSc in Literature and Modernity at the University of Edinburgh in 2011. After a few years working as an editor in Gill, I entered the PME programme at Trinity College, Dublin, in 2016. I am currently on School Placement in Margaret Aylward Community College, an all-girls ETB school on Dublin's northside. I enjoy exploring the ways in which English and History provide opportunities for students to reflect on how they understand, engage with and can change their world. I am particularly interested in using Development Education approaches to spark empathy and connection across borders. During the PME, I worked with a partner to create a series of lessons relating to the refugee crisis that tied in with the new oral strand of the Junior Cycle English specification."

ruth....Ruth provides an overview of her Dev Ed assignment in TCD....

Emma Nolan, UCC

"My name is Emma Nolan. I completed a BA in Religions and Global Diversity and Geography in 2015 and continued into the PME programme in UCC. My key subject areas are Religious Education and Geography. I completed my School Placement in Presentation Brothers College and in Douglas Community School. It is my passion to use my role as an educator to cultivate a learning environment that allows my students to become culturally and socially aware of our world. It is important that we create lessons and interpret the syllabi in a way that helps each pupil understand the inequality and injustice in the world around them. During the PME 2 programme I researched and completed a research paper which focused on Development Education which explored behaviours and communicative practices which promote cultural empathy. I conducted empirical research relating to the teaching practices which are most effective to the teaching of Development Education."

emma....Emma speaks about the impact of Dev Ed on her self-image as a teacher....

Rhian Foley, NCAD

"My name is Rhian Foley. I am currently completing a two year Professional Master of Art and Design Education course in NCAD to become a second level art teacher. I am originally from Wexford town. My subject area is art, which is divided into art, craft and design. Through my school placement this year in Gorey Community School, I discovered that, as a teacher, I feel very strongly about inclusion, in particular the inclusion of minority students in a mainstream classroom. I also feel that students should be engaging with what is happening around them on a personal, national and global level while reflecting on and responding to social justice and environmental issues. During the PME, I completed a group project on Development Education where we created a work to raise awareness for a social justice, human rights or an environmental issue that we felt strongly about. We worked as artists, educators and activists to create this artwork. Our installation piece ‘Untold’ and our development process was recorded and exhibited in The Change Lab in the NCAD Gallery in May 2017."

rhian....Rhian explains the Dev Ed process that was part of her PME experience....

Aishling Miller, NUIG

"My name is Aisling Miller. I am originally from Co. Cork and have just completed the PME in NUIG. My teaching subjects are Irish and Geography. I completed my School Placement in Coláiste Éinde, Salthill, and Seamount College, Kinvara, both mixed schools in Galway where I got the opportunity to develop my professional practice and apply Development Education to my teaching. I have a strong interest in and passion for Development Education, as a result of the DevEd day I participated in during my first year of the PME course. Last summer, I travelled to Uganda for a 5-week volunteering placement in Alliance High school in Nansana. In the past year, I was awarded the Gold Global Citizen Award – to achieve this I wrote blogs about my volunteering, completed action projects, volunteered at home and attended a DevEd training course. I have recently submitted my thesis entitled, “How does a peer-led workshop impact pre-service teachers’ attitudes towards Development Education?”. This study involved my facilitation of a Development Education workshop with first year PME students in NUIG. I hope to continue integrating it into my teaching and conducting research on the potential that Development Education has on both pre-service teachers and students."

ashling....Ashling talks about her interest in Dev Ed and the potential for related peer learning in the PME....

Mallory Gaffney, MU

"My name is Mallory Gaffney. I have just completed the PME in Maynooth University.

mal....Mallory speaks about her learning from Dev Ed day in MU....

Ann McHugh, MU

"My name is Ann McHugh. I am from Dublin. My subject areas are English and history. I completed my School Placement in Margaret Aylward Community College (all girls) in the Dublin suburbs and Coláiste Chraobh Abhann (co-ed) in Co. Wicklow. One of the key goals in my teaching is to develop active and thoughtful global citizens, who can recognise and respond to issues of sustainability, fair trade, equality and social justice. As a result of my engagement with Development Education through Maynooth University, I have gained the skills, confidence and knowledge to incorporate global learning in my classroom and in other areas of the school."

mal....Ann provides feedback to teacher educators on Dev Ed in the PME....