|Global partnerships: linking professional practice with theory to accredit work-based learning|
|Written by Douglas Bourn, Karen Edge, Raksha Bhalsod, Gill Hinson, Dan Buckley, Angela Cook|
Utilising a radical approach to learning involving information and communications technology, a unique framework will be developed for one module of the IOE planned Masters course on development education. Using a carefully scaffolded skills ladder students will be enabled to reflect critically on their practice and its relationship to theory, contributing to the growing body of evidence on the role of development education practice in building public support and understanding of international development. Development of this module, aimed at NGO practitioners, teachers and educationalists who are involved in global partnerships, is in response to an increasing demand, which is partially fuelled by the DfES’s International Strategy aim that all schools in England (24,000) should have a partnership by 2010. The module will enable teachers from partnership countries to be engaged in the learning, and will create a much-needed channel for the distant partners’ perspectives.