Learning to Change the World: An Audit of Development Education Resources in Ireland 2013- 2016


Learning to Change the World: An Audit of Development Education Resources in Ireland 2013-2016 is part of the ongoing research agenda of developmenteducation.ie in monitoring, evaluating and generally taking stock of development education (DE) resource production in Ireland.

Author: Tony Daly, Ciara Regan and Colm Regan

Publisher: developmenteducation.ie

Year: 2017

ISBN: 9780993023460

Pages: 58

Country of Origin: Ireland

Target Audience: Youth Groups Adult and Community Settings Higher Education Post Primary Senior Cycle Early Years Junior Cycle Junior Primary Senior Primary Transition Year

Curriculum Subjects: Education for Sustainable Development

Available Formats: Research Document Report Review

Tags: Adult Education ESD Post Primary Primary programme design Sustainable Development Goals Teaching practice Youth Work

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Learning to Change the World: An Audit of Development Education Resources in Ireland 2013-2016, follows on directly from the initial audit (Phase 1) covering the period 2000 to 2012 and forms a baseline on development education and related ‘resources’ (activity packs, microsites, booklets etc.) as part of an expanding database of resources supported by a range of outreach activities and agendas.

Apart from identifying, annotating and auditing such resources across a four year period, the Phase 2 research is:

  • undertaken in the context of a range of issues and trends in the areas of human development, human rights and sustainability as well as those in the education sphere itself
  • across 200 resources ‘audited’ and organised into 25 themes, 23 resource formats
  • covers formal (early years, primary, post-primary and higher education) and non-formal education (youth and community education, and development educator related materials).

Following the findings, 9 recommendations are posed relating to access, resource production, libraries and centres, impact research and digital/print formats.


1.0 Introduction

1.1 Key aims of the Audit of Development Education Resources in Ireland

2.0 Research methodology and Caveats

2.1 Standardised template adopted in Phase 2
2.2 A working definition of ‘development education’
2.3 Other definitions
2.4 A note on Education for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals
2.5 A note on the limitations to the audit

3.0 Main findings

3.1 Theme distribution across all resources
3.2 Resource Format by Type
3.3 Frequency and Funding of Resource Production
3.4 Distribution by education sector and target groups
3.5 Formal Education
3.6 Non-formal Education
3.7 Resources As Gaeilge
3.8 Additional findings

4.0 Commentary and Conclusions

4.1 On resources by sector and theme
4.2 On quality and content
4.3 On accessibility and availability
4.4 Funding Streams
4.5 On the role of resource centres and libraries
4.6 On traditional broadcasting media
4.7 On gaps and opportunities

5.0 Recommendations


Table A1: Resources included in the audit 2013-2016
Table A2: By Themes and Education Sectors
Table A3: Content Framework Matrix
List of tables, charts and case studies

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