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About the Project
What is Global Learning?
Learn more about the project in just three minutes!
As Australia aspires to create an adaptive, innovative and globally engaged education sector by 2025, higher education needs to focus on developing student capacities to become an active member of their local and global community. To date, ‘global perspectives’ in Australian higher education have focused on bringing perspectives ‘in’ or on taking students ‘out’. An alternative ‘third wave’ approach connects local issues with global contexts, making the global an integrated, everyday experience for students.
Local Global Learning explored the possibilities of ‘third wave’ approaches by investigating how the agentic qualities of a diverse student population can be effectively promoted and engaged to assist them to secure global perspectives through their service learning experiences.
The project sought to identify how student experiences can be maximised through service learning, based on the key research question, 'How can the agentic qualities of a diverse student population be effectively promoted and engaged to assist them to secure global perspectives through their service learning experiences?'
Three sub-questions contribution to this research question:
- How do students from diverse backgrounds view themselves as global citizens?
- What pedagogic elements of service learning curriculum and experience are most effective in development global perspectives for diverse students?
- How can the experiencing of the learning curriculum promote and develop student mobility for diverse groups?
Why Service Learning?
|Diagram from Bringle, R. (2010) The Teaching of Research and Other "Tools of the Trade". In: Cooksey, M.A. and Olivares, K.T. (eds.) Quick Hits for Service-Learning: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, United States of America.|
- Promote good practice
- Maximise the effectiveness of service learning as an intercultural learning tool for all students
- Normalise intercultural learning experiences, and
- Facilitate student interest in actively seeking out global perspectives.
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2 Rajaram, S.S. (2007) An Action-Research Project: Community Lead Poisoning Prevention. Teaching Sociology 35(2): 138-150. (Read online)
3 Hall, D. Hall, I., Cameron, A. and Green, P. (2004) Student volunteering and the active community: issues and opportunities for teaching and learning in sociology. Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences (LATISS) 1(1): 33-50. (Read online)
4 Bringle, R. (2010) The Teaching of Research and Other "Tools of the Trade". In: Cooksey, M.A. and Olivares, K.T. (eds.) Quick Hits for Service-Learning: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, United States of America.