Policy & Practice - A Development Education Review




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Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review is a biannual, peer reviewed, open access, online journal published by the Centre for Global Education, a non-governmental development organisation based in Belfast. It aims to celebrate and promote good practice in development education and to debate the shifting policy context in which it is delivered. It provides a space for education practitioners to critically reflect on their practice, share new research and engage in debate with their peers. Each issue of the journal features in-depth contributions on key aspects of development education such as pedagogical innovation, research, methodologies, monitoring and evaluation, the production of resources, enhancing organisational capacity and strategic interventions in education policy. Policy & Practice is informed by values such as social justice, equality and interdependence and is based on the Freirean concept of education as an agent of positive social change.  The journal web site receives in excess of 100,000 visitors per annum from the global North and South and successfully combines quality contributions from academia and civil society.  Journal editor Stephen McCloskey can be contacted at stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com.

The Centre for Global Education is grateful to Irish Aid - the arm of the Irish Government responsible for overseas aid and development education - which has funded the journal since its inception in 2005, and to the Irish development agency, Concern Worldwide, for funding the journal’s new web site.  We hope you find the site and its content an aid to your learning.

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Users can use, reuse, share, adapt and build upon the material published in the journal for any purpose as long as appropriate credit is given to the original source and the relevant article is properly cited. 

Policy & Practice is also available on the EBSCO journals platform.

ISSN: 1748-135X

Politique et Pratique, Analyse critique de l'Education au Développement, est un magazine semestriel en libre accès, évalué par des intervenants et praticiens de ce secteur et produit par le Centre for Global Education (Centre pour l'Éducation Mondiale). La revue est financée par Irish Aid et Concern Worldwide. Lancé en 2005, Politique et Pratique attire un nombre croissant de lecteurs internationaux.  En 2015, le site web du journal a reçu 150 000 visiteurs issus de 150 pays différents, avec en particulier des lecteurs de Grande-Bretagne, Irlande, Amérique du Nord, et -dans l'hémisphère Sud- Australie, Afrique du Sud, Philippines, Indonésie et Inde.  

La revue a pour but de souligner et promouvoir les exemples de bonnes pratiques en matière d'Education au Développement et d'analyser le contexte politique instable au coeur duquel elle doit être livrée.  Politique et Pratique est ancré sur des valeurs telles que la justice sociale, l'égalité et l'interdépendance. Le journal est basé sur le concept Freirien de l'éducation en tant qu'agent positif du changement social.Le journal épouse l'idée de praxis -un processus d'analyse, de réflexion et d'action- qui permet à l'étudiant de devenir un citoyen actif au niveau local et mondial.  

Le Centre for Global Education tient à remercier Irish Aid -la section gouvernementale de l'Etat Irlandais chargée de l'aide au développement et de l'éducation au développement- qui a financé la revue depuis sa création en 2005, ainsi que l'agence de développement Irlandaise, Concern Worldwide, pour avoir financé le site web de la revue.  Nous espérons que le site et son contenu vous seront utile dans vos études. 

ISSN: 1748-135X

Política y Práctica: una revista de Educación para el Desarrollo  (Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review) es una revista bi-anual, revisada por pares y de acceso libre, publicada por el Centro de Estudios Globales (Centre for Global Education) y financiada por Irish Aid y Concern Worldwide. Lanzada en el 2005 Policy & Practice tiene cada vez más lectores a nivel internacional. En el 2015, la página web recibió a 150,000 visitas procedentes de 150 países, especialmente de Gran Bretaña, Irlanda, EE.UU. y Canadá, y en el Sur,  principalmente en Australia, Sudáfrica, las Filipinas, Indonesia y la India.

La revista tiene como objetivo destacar y promover las buenas prácticas en el ámbito de la educación para el desarrollo y estimular el debate sobre el contexto político que vive esta disciplina en la práctica. La revista está basada en valores como la justicia social, la igualdad y la interdependencia, y está fundada en la idea de Freire de la educación como agente de un cambio social positivo. La revista destaca la idea de ‘praxis’  un proceso de análisis, reflexión y acción que empodera a la persona que aprende para que pueda convertirse en un o una ciudadana activa, tanto a nivel local como global.

El Centro de Estudios Globales agradece a Irish Aid (la agencia del gobierno de Irlanda responsable de la ayuda externa y la educación para el desarrollo) por el financiamiento a la revista desde su fundación en el 2005. También estamos agradecidos a la agencia del desarrollo Irlandés, Concern Worldwide, la cual ha financiado la nueva página web de la revista. Esperamos que este sitio web y su contenido sean una contribución para el aprendizaje. 

ISSN: 1748-135X

issue Issue 27

Rethinking Critical Approaches to Global and Development Education
Autumn 2018

Guest Editorial

Rethinking Critical Approaches to Global and Development Education

Sharon Stein

For decades, critical approaches to global and development education have pushed back against mainstream liberal – and more recently, neo-liberal – approaches.  Many of these more critical approaches are rooted in the Freirean tradition of critical pedagogy, including several contributions to this Issue 27 of Policy & Practice.  Critical perspectives on education remain more important than ever, and critical pedagogy in particular has fostered fruitful strategies for denaturalising the presumed inevitability of capitalism as an economic system, and resisting its influence on educational systems.  It has also been the subject of feminist, post-colonial, and post-structural engagements that consider its potential limitations and circularities alongside its potentially transformative gifts (e.g. Andreotti, 2016; Ellsworth, 1989; Lather, 1998).  There is much value in reframing and reclaiming critical traditions in order to consider their implications for our own time, as both Cotter and Dillon do in their distinct but complementary contributions to this issue on the history of development education in Ireland, and as McCloskey does in his contribution on the renewed relevance of Marx’s critique of capitalism.

However, rather than debate or advocate the relative merits and limitations of a particular tradition of critique, in my brief editorial introduction to this issue, my intention is to take a step back and consider whether any single arsenal of educational tools – including liberal and critical approaches – can adequately equip us to respond generatively, strategically, and ethically to the complex local and global challenges that we currently face.  Rather than defend a particular perspective or approach to global and development education, I suggest it is crucial that we prepare students with the self-reflexivity, intellectual curiosity, historical memory, and deep sense of responsibility they will need in order to collectively navigate an uncertain future for which there are no clear roadmaps.  This in turn requires that we prepare educators to engage confidently with a range of conflicting perspectives so that they can make critically-informed, socially-accountable pedagogical choices that are responsive to the complex shifting conditions and challenges of their own contexts.

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