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Teaching global citizenship

Global Education website

Global education is about enabling young people to participate in shaping a better, shared future for the world. Global education emphasises the unity and interdependence of human society, developing a sense of self and appreciation of cultural diversity, affirmation of social justice and human rights, as well as building peace and taking action for a sustainable future in different times and places. As well as understandings, global education promotes positive values and an active response to learning. AusAID funds the Global Education Program which includes a website and state-based teacher professional learning.

A new global education website was launched in early 2012. It provides educators with a range of resources to develop understanding and integrate a global perspective in their curriculum.

Global Education monthly newsletter

From the home page users can read the latest monthly newsletter and sign up for future ones, find out about resources for a current Hot topic, link to a calendar of international days and navigate to the content of the website.

Global education 'Find out more' link

 

The ‘Global education’ link provides an overview of global education, a link to a PDF of Global Perspectives: A framework for global education in Australian schools and suggestions for taking action.

 

Teaching and learning link

 

 

The ‘Teaching and learning’ link profiles how global education is linked to the Australian Curriculum, details about professional learning available including an online professional learning module, details of interactive teaching strategies and profiles of global education in School Case Studies.

 

 

Global issues link

 

The ‘Global issues’ link introduces a range of issues with facts, an overview and outline of responses by Australia and the international community. The issues are supported by Case studies profiling how the issue impacts on people in specific countries and some activities which are working to address the issue. Country profiles for the related country assist in putting the issue in context. Teaching sequences give teachers an outline of activities to help students engage with, develop understanding and respond to the issue. A graphic shows their linked to the Global perspectives framework and the Australian Curriculum learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities are outlined.

 

Resources gallery link

The ‘Resources gallery’ link opens up collections of images, videos, teaching activities, templates and links to useful websites. The images collection is an extensive array of visual stories with captions that profile the countries and global issues from the website. They can be downloaded for printing and classroom use. A collection of videos are provided which profile issues in developing countries and the actions taken to address them. Teaching activities provide sequences and individual teaching activities, which are mapped to the Australian Curriculum and global education learning emphases. They are designed to develop understandings about global issues in general or about case studies in particular. Using various inquiry and thinking approaches, the sequences and activities help develop positive attitudes, values and skills to take action. The templates collection will help students sort, organise, present and make sense of information in a variety of forms.

 

Throughout the website there are boxes for users to comment and share related resources as a means of connecting with other educators interested in global education.

New content is being developed regularly so users are encouraged to return frequently. You may wish to follow the website on Twitter, to keep up-to-date with new content.

Located at www.globaleducation.edu.au, this website should be invaluable for students and teachers.
 

Catherine McNicol

Catherine McNicol

Project Manager Program Delivery
Education Services Australia