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  • A Pedagogy for ESD?

    In a recent mailing, SEEd has said that it "is wanting to explore what it can contribute to the question about pedagogy and ESD", and it asks "some very basic questions: What can we say about pedagogy and ESD/global learning? What...

  • Fairtrade: commodifying an ethical relationship

    Monday saw me at a GWR seminar from Exeter over its impressive "access grid" (all rather Iain M Banks).  The topic was fairtrade and the presentation illuminated a number of issues around why schools (and universities, Bath amongst them) find...

  • Leaving fear, sin and guilt to the environmental movement

    In a recent radio programme the following exchange took place: Jane Little's Introduction: “The Government’s former Chief Scientific Advisor, Lord May, has called on religious leaders to play a bigger role in helping to tackle climate change. The Peer said...

  • Children, their world, their education

    I spent part of last weekend delving into the Cambridge Primary Review.  It's immediately obvious from even a cursory read why the government's attack dogs were let loose on it so quickly, and ministers much have congratulated themselves on having...

  • Copenhagen Convention on Climate Change and Education

    Rolf Jucker, of the Swiss Foundation for Environmental Education in Bern, contacted the SHED network recently saying that "a few people here in Switzerland are trying to word a paragraph for the Copenhagen Convention on Climate Change which aims to put education...

  • Fieldwork doesn't Pay

    More precisely, fieldwork doesn't pay if you're a lawyer, it seems.  Thanks to Nick Jones for spotting this in the Guardian. A Freedom of Information Act investigation of local authorities by the Countryside Alliance [ CA ]  – 138 responded – has...

  • Critical Thinking for Development Education

    To Galway for the 2009 DERN conference: Critical Thinking for Development Education – moving from evaluation to research.  Good to be back in Ireland and once more amongst development education types many of whose assumptions and ways of thinking I...

  • SDRN Conference

    The annual SDRN conference was held last week at the Welcome Trust.  For the first time in its 10 year history there was a slot on the programme for a focus on education (on ESD), and I was happy to...

  • The Idea of Justice

    I went to hear Amartya Sen a few weeks ago and was rather disappointed – not by the great man himself but by how the session was organised (disorganised more like).   It was so bad that it was hard...

  • Research Grants Nosedive – time for a creative response

    Thus, Times Higher Education [ THE ] reported the increasingly small chance that researchers now have of squeezing cash out of six research councils.  Across the piece, applicants have a 23% chance of funding, and the figure is less than...