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Discussing Perspectives: How to introduce a concept as complex as development to student teachers?


The Ubuntu Network supports the integration of Development Education into post-primary initial teacher education. It considers Development Education to be relevant across all disciplines and subject areas.

The challenge for the Ubuntu Network however is to introduce the concept of ‘development’ in a way that both engages student teachers in an exploration of development issues while also unwrapping the complexities and contradictions that are central to the concept. It must also consider students� perceptions and assumptions about development and underdevelopment as well as the dominant sources of information (i.e. television and school) that have informed these views. The question is � how do we achieve critical engagement with the issues and avoid a minimalist skimming the of surface that seeks out short lived, quick fix solutions to global problems that arguably implicate us all?

In the following videos, three panellists address this challenge by presenting some perspectives on how development might be introduced to student teachers. These presentations were recorded during the Ubuntu Network's Dialogue Day at the University of Limerick on 14th June, 2013.


Prof. Tom Lodge, Dept. Politics and Public Administration, UL:



Dr. Audrey Bryan, Education Department, St. Patrick�s College:



Br�d Dunne, Education Unit, Tr�caire: