Resource Title

Learning to Read the World: Teaching and Learning about Global Citizenship and International Development in Post-Primary Schools


An overview and critical assessment of curriculum-focused development education in the Republic of Ireland based on extensive data sources from formal texts, comparative examples and formal education teacher experiences of delivering DE in schools and perceptions of DE activism.

Resource Details

  • Date added: 12th August 2014
  • Author: Audrey Bryan and Meliosa Bracken
  • Publishers: Identikit, Irish Aid
  • Country of Publication: Ireland
  • Year: 2011
  • ISBN: 978-1-905254-59-0
  • Page Count: 302


This research provides a critical overall review and assessment of existing curriculum-based practice at second-level education in the Republic of Ireland; it reviews and analyses many current ideas and practices underpinning development education in curriculum documents, lesson plan assessments (75 lesson plans), curriculum-specific textbooks (not NGO literature), in the reported practices of schools and classrooms and particularly in a selection of experiences and views of surveyed teachers and student-teachers (perceptions of teachers captured through 26 in-career interviews).

Content list:

Chapter 1: Global Citizenship Education in Context

Chapter 2: Research Methodology

Chapter 3: Representations of International Development in Civic, Social and Political Education Textbooks

Chapter 4: Representations of International Development in Religious Education Textbooks

Chapter 5: Representations of International Development in Geography Textbooks

Chapter 6: Pre-Service Teachers’ Implementation and Self Evaluation of Development Education Lesson Plans

Chapter 7: In-Career Teachers’ Views on the Status of Development Education within Post-Primary Schools

Chapter 8: In-Career Teachers’ Experiences of Educating Young People for Global Citizenship

Chapter 9: In-Career Teachers’ Experiences of School-Linking and Immersion Schemes

Chapter 10: Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 11: Recommendations

A range of recommendations and findings of the research are directed at teachers, schools, teacher education programme managers/designers, the Department of Education and NCCA and funders. The main findings include:

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