Resource Title

Teaching from Theory Learning from Practice: Development education for the primary sector


This ebook is concerned primarily with how to educate the educators for development education. It fuses discussions on both the normative and positive aspects of development education, in particular in relation to primary teacher training.

The volume points to some issues on what development education is, how it can be mainstreamed into other types of teaching, and how to embed and mainstream development education through current practices.

Resource Details

  • Author: Christopher Farrington (Editor)
  • Country of Publication: Ireland
  • Year: 2009
  • Page Count: 99


This resource was created mainly for teacher trainers and discusses the issue of how to educate the educators. The two major ideas addressed are the theory or ‘why’ behind primary development education, and an analysis of real life examples/ practises of teachers and development issues. Both of ideas are discussed in depth from an academic perspective.

Part one discusses theory and methodology relating to development education. This section covers the following:

1. Postcolonial Approaches to Global Citizenship Education:Rethinking Theory, Rethinking Pedagogy (Audrey Bryan

2. Developing Global Citizenship through Early Childhood Education (Jacqueline Fallon & Rosalind Duke)

3. Situated Cognition: A Review of Innovative Learning Methodologies Applicable to the Irish Education System       (Nancy L Serrano)

Part two discusses volunteering and immersion schemes, focusing on the following topics

4. A Road Less Travelled: The Impact of Short-Term Volunteering in Developing Countries on Irish Teachers in a Social, Emotional and Professional Capacity (Fiona O’Dwyer)

5. ‘It Helps If You’re Thrown in at the Deep End ..’:An Investigation into Student Teachers’ Experience With the Theory and Practice of Development and Intercultural Education (Paula Harte)

6. Exploring Experiences: A Sharing of Perspectives between Zambian and Irish Participants of a School Immersion Programme (Lorna Mulvaney)

7. How Research into Mary Immaculate College’s African Sending Programme is Informing Programme Development (Deirdre O’Rourke, Fiona Bailey & Anne Dolan)

About the DICE Project

The DICE Project is a national education initiative, which promotes the integration of development education and intercultural education across all relevant areas of the Primary School Curriculum.

Available from:

Download Teaching from Theory Learning from Practice PDF (45MB)

Visit the DICE Project website