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Doing Development Education: Junior Cycle Science


Development Education themes, such as conservation of biodiversity, resource lifecycles and usage, sustainability, and energy generation and consumption, all feature in the learning in junior cycle Science. This resource aims to support Science teachers to teach through a global justice lens, a lens with great educational benefits, which meets the requirements as laid out in the junior cycle Science specification, and in the (2015) Framework for Junior Cycle.

It is one of a WorldWise Global Schools series of resources supporting teachers in different subject areas to address Development Education related themes and concepts as a way of challenging students to look at our world, and our place in making it more just, equitable and sustainable.

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DE themes are integral to learning outcomes from across the five strands of the Science specification. This resource supports teachers to take advantage of the opportunities to create rich and layered learning experiences and outcomes for students.

For the purposes of showing how DE is embedded across the entire subject, this resource exemplifies a cross-section of 10 learning outcomes: one from Strand One (unifying strand); and, 9 from the four contextual strands (i.e. Strands Two-Five), and representing three of the four cross-cutting strand elements (i.e. Systems and interactions, Energy and Sustainability).

All the learning outcomes from the Sustainability strand elements of the specification are explicitly DE in terms of the themes addressed, however, this resource focuses on Earth and  Space: LOs 7 & 8; Chemical World: LO 10; Physical World: LO 8; and, Biological World: LO 10.

More ‘Doing DE’ guides are available from WorldWise Global Schools, such as:

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