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DERC Seminar Series

Tuesday, 20 March, 2018 - 17:00

"Global skills for a global society?" - part of the DERC seminar series.

Professor Douglas Bourn, the founding Director of the Development Education Research Centre (DERC), presents the next seminar in their ongoing series, exploring themes surrounding Prof Bourn's work on global skills.

"There is increased recognition amongst policy-makers and academic debates within education of the need to take greater account of the skills learners require to live and work in a global society. Themes such as global competencies, global citizenship and 21st Century skills can be seen in initiatives for schools, colleges and universities. But what do they all mean, and to what extent do they encourage learning that enables learners to question the rise of ‘fake news’ and an uncritical approaches to assessing data and information about the wider world?"

The term ‘global skills’ is being used by bodies such as the British Council, leading multinational companies and some elite universities in their recruitment strategies. This Development Education Research Centre (DERC) seminar will review some of these debates and look at examples from a number of professions, notably education, health and engineering, to identify a potential framework for global skills that can equip learners to not only secure meaningful employment in the global economy, but be active global citizens in the fragile and unequal world we live in today.

Intended audience: Academics and researchers, Masters students, Teachers and college lecturers, NGO workers

Please note that this event was originally advertised for the 06th March, but was rescheduled due to strike action.

ANGEL Network,
Development Education Research Centre (DERC)
UCL Institute of Education
LIDC Building, 36 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

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