Tide~ conference ~ Quality global learning ~ meeting the needs of learners
Observations & summary main points & some challenges
Harm-Jan Fricke Education & Campaigns Management Consultant
Both presentations and workshops raised numerous issues on both general and specific aspects of the theme of the conference: issues relating to, for instance, what global learning is about, should be about, can be about, can’t be about. [Elaine Miskell’s two pager - included in the conference pack - gives a good sense of such issues as will the different workshop reports.]
Presentations and workshops illustrated each of these aspects:
with discussions focusing on the purpose of education, and on the educational methods to be used:
and methods discussed that may be summarised perhaps as relating to:
developing and trying out new practices, employing creativity, taking risks and learning from that.
I offer the following three – not as the final word – but as hooks to help us in talking about, promoting, and perhaps marketing what we discussed and do.
Education & Campaigns Management Consultant
Global Learning: dia a focus on the point that the 'global' is here, with you, me, in Birmingham, at Millennium Point, at school, in our communities; it's not 'over there'. dia a focus on inter-relationships: the inter-dependence of you with other people, and of people and their local-global environment, people and their local-global economies, local-global societies, local-global politics; it’s more than only the international. arrow … by Learners: dia with discussions focusing on the purpose of education, and on the educational methods to be used: • a purpose that, in discussions at conference, seems to revolve around: developing young people’s capacity and capability to lead fulfilling lives • and methods discussed that may be summarised perhaps as relating to: 1. developing a shared understanding of global issues and their relationship with us, and of an appreciation that more than one understanding is often possible; 2. challenging of existing practices starting with our own; 3. developing and trying out new practices, employing creativity, taking risks and learning from that. arrow What we share and want to share with others is … Quality: dia every workshop discussed to greater or lesser extent issues of ‘quality’ in developing and employing global learning in education: in school partnerships, in study visits, in school leadership. Long lists of criteria can be dawn up as a result. … but looking at those lists it seems to me that they can be summarised under a limited range of headings. dia I offer the following three – not as the final word – but as hooks to help us in talking about, promoting, and perhaps marketing what we discussed and do. dia suggested core characteristics of Quality Global Learning by Learners: * the global is us and others: it is where we are * it relates to perspectives other than our own as well as to our perspectives * it develops through personal experiences - experiences of connections, of perspectives, of change: enabling reflection, emotion and action. arrow How do we share this? dia successful marketing and promotion suggests that a well defined ‘product’, a uniqueness to that product (either real or imagined), and a simple message are all required ingredients. dia further thought, discussion and action on those core characteristics of Quality Global Learning may go some way towards a sharing with impact. Harm-Jan Fricke Education & Campaigns Management Consultant e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org