Seeking equilibrium between a social justice and a charity stance towards Global Learning among Northern Ireland pupils

Linda Clarke, Lesley Abbott

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Abstract

In order to build teachers’ capacity to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of world poverty and how to reduce it, the Global Learning Programme sought to determine how far a social justice mentality was evident among pupils in Northern Ireland schools in tandem with, or instead of, the prevailing charity mentality. Using a qualitative approach, the research examined their conceptions of, and attitudes towards, social justice and equity, and how they had helped make the world fairer. They understood the causes of inequality and saw the contrast between great wealth and absolute poverty. Their growing motivation to help related mainly to charitable actions, but there was evidence of critical thinking about longer-term implications and a social justice stance.
LanguageEnglish
Journalinternational journal of development education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Aug 2019

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Keywords

  • Global Learning
  • schools
  • Curriculum
  • social justice mentality
  • charity mentality

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