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Good Practice in Development Education in Primary Schools: Guidelines for School Placement Tutors


These guidelines have been developed by the DICE Project to provide good practice guidance to School Placement Tutors in identifying and assessing the ability of student teachers to effectively integrate development education within their long-term and short-term planning and while teaching their lessons during school placements.

Resource Details

  • Author: Aoife Titley, Therese Hegarty, Rosalind Duke, Rowan Oberman, Lizzie Downes, Deirdre O'Rourke, Brighid Golden, Siobhán Sleeman and Sean McConmara
  • Publisher: Development & Intercultural Education (DICE)
  • Country of Publication: Ireland
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 14


The guidelines provide background information on the rationale for Development Education in the primary classroom, identifying the core concepts and most relevant links with the Primary School Curriculum. There is an emphasis throughout on the distinct features of development education, and the particular role it plays in helping young people to actively engage with local and global issues.

Suggestions are made regarding a range of active learning methodologies, with a stress on the importance of the action component of development education.

In the Appendix there is a useful summary of key issues to be applied to all integrated development education lessons taught in primary classrooms and checklists of reflective questions for School Placement Tutors and for student teachers.

Guidance and information on key terms, concepts and methodologies relating to development education is also included.

These guidelines will be of great interest to School placement tutors and to student teachers alike. The document serves as a concise introduction to good practice in Development Education in general which may be useful to a wider range of educators in this area.

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This document complements other guidelines that have previously been developed, such as IDEA’s Good Practice Guidelines for Development Education in Schools (2013) and provide specific input on linkages between development education and the Primary School Curriculum.

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Download Student Placement Guidelines PDF (533KB)

For more information visit the DICE Project website