Updating Global Education Across Subject Areas (GEASA)
When it comes to teaching and learning about present-day global issues, school curricula can be limiting. Due to the glacial pace at which changes to school curricula tend to be introduced, the politicization of school curricula in some countries labeling some topics as controversial and disencouraging critical discussion, or a lack of training opportunities for teachers, many young people don’t have the opportunity to explore the greatest challenges we are facing as global citizens.
Through GEASA, we are aiming to support teachers and other educators in tackling difficult contemporary questions - something that’s on schedule at every debate club meeting, but often lacking in classrooms. The materials we are developing focus on five key areas:
1. Globalization, wealth, and poverty;
2. Sustainability and climate;
3. Global health;
4. Identity, culture, religion, and border crossings;
5. Noise, news, and neutrality.
The following results will be available at the conclusion of GEASA:
Training modules for teachers
The modules will function as a tool for continuous professional development, bridging the gap between the still very discipline-oriented teacher education and the transdisciplinary needs of today’s students. The modules will emphasize 4 key approaches - the use of debate as a cross-curricular method, the necessity of adopting a transdisciplinary view, global education, and the use of digital tools in school education.
A methodological framework
We will develop a methodological framework for implementation of the
pedagogical strategy and topics covered by this project. While our training modules represent a training framework for teachers, the methodological framework directs our focus to their classrooms. This will provide teachers with practical solutions, such as lesson plans and exercises, leading them through the process of implementing the developed pedagogical strategy in curricular subjects and activities, as well as extra-curricular ones.
A toolkit for teachers and students
This result is intended as a toolkit for teachers and students containing case analyses of contemporary issues having to do with the 5 focal topics of this project - Globalization, wealth, and poverty; Sustainability and climate; Global health; Identity, culture, religion, and border crossings; Noise, News and neutrality). The toolkit will highlight and illustrate the interconnections between these areas and emphasize the necessity of transdisciplinary thinking about global issues.
A digital learning environment
In order for project-developed content to be readily available and maximally inclusive, we will create an e-learning platform making our content into a flowing e-learning tool with specific individualized learning plans for users.
The project is co-funded by the European Union through the Erasmus+ programme.