Development Education is about building students’ skills in order to effect positive change in our global society. Skills such as critical thinking and questioning can help students, not only to understand global issues, but also to take informed and meaningful action. Most DE resources and methodologies focus on building these skills.
The type of skills that are built in DE are as follows:
(Note that these are skills that need to be built for both Junior and Senior Cycle)
Junior Cycle: Communicating
Senior Cycle: Communicating
Listening and discussion Oral presentation Debating and defending a positionWriting for a purpose Ability to express one’s own interests, beliefs and viewpoints through an appropriate medium Ability to perceive and understand the interests, beliefs and viewpoints of others Ability to exercise empathy and solidarity
Junior Cycle: Managing Information & Thinking
Senior Cycle: Critical and Creative Thinking, Information Processing
Researching and evaluating information and ideas Interpreting the media and identification of bias and prejudice Recognition of stereotypes and discrimination Organising information, using concepts and ideas Applying reasoning skills to problems and issues Communicative competence across a range of media and uses of language. Ability to perceive the consequences of taking or not taking specific actions in a particular context. The ability to manage complexity and uncertainty.
Junior Cycle: Working with Others, Staying Well, Managing Myself
Senior Cycle: Working with Others, Being Personally Effective
Taking responsibility Making decisionsEstablishing democratic working relationships Sustaining dialogue with people in power and within and across cultures Capacity for the development of satisfying and interactive human relations in different cultural and power contexts.
Junior Cycle Key Skills: Being Creative, Working with others
Senior Cycle Key Skills: Being personally effective
The ability to participate in group decision-making and effectively engage in democratic action to try to influence and/or change social situations
- Cooperation and conflict resolution
- Action and event planning that mobilise people towards meaningful action or changed behaviourLobbying skills.
As each school’s DE programme is different the list of skills below is not exhaustive e.g. many schools connect their learning on food and sustainability to their school garden so their gardening skills are also improved as a result of their DE programme.