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The first of many staff training days to be organised for the Global Dimension in Education Project took place on Tuesday 13th September 2005 in the College. It was attended by 30 members of staff and was deemed to be an excellent introduction to the project by explaining the concept of the global dimension in education.

 

The day began with Dr Margaret Reynolds welcoming everyone to the event and introducing the project, followed by Stephen McCloskey from the Centre for Global Education who introduced the speakers and outlined what the day would involve.

 

The first speaker was Professor Sally Inman from London South Bank University who gave a keynote talk on the global dimension in initial teacher education. Professor Inman’s talk was very inspiring and generated much conversation during the morning coffee-break.

 

After coffee, Stella Murray, the Global Dimension Co-ordinator in the College, introduced the global dimension as a concept and asked staff to consider the relevance of the global dimension in their role as educators. Following Stella was Wendy Young from the Centre for Global Education who talked about the global dimension in practice and carried out the ‘Diamond Ranking’ exercise using a series of key skills that are central to practicing the global dimension in formal education. Again this generated much discussion on the subject during lunch.

 

Following lunch, Wendy introduced the staff to the ‘Big Pic’ website and demonstrated its use as a resource tool related to embedding the global dimension into teaching. After the website demonstration the staff were introduced to Barbara Gill and Barbara O’Toole from the Development & InterCultural Education (DICE) Project which is a winner of the ‘World Aware Education Award’ for 2005. The ‘two Barbaras’, as they are fondly referred to, talked about a sample of their activities in the DICE project in the South of Ireland.

 

The day was then drawn to a close by Stephen who thanked each of the speakers for their wonderful presentations and concluded by reflecting on the day with members of staff asking them to write about the positives of the day, what they would do differently, and what they felt was necessary for future staff training.

 

Here are some examples of the comments received:

  • Important to hear ideas;
  • Great examples of good practice;
  • Excellent range and variety of speakers;
  • Inspirational presentations and high quality information on the global dimension;
  • Plenty of food for thought for overall course planning;
  • The course was excellent with a great range of activities. Presentations were of a very high standard and I was inspired by Sally Inman’s presentation;
  • Information was clear and reassured me that this is not a whole 'new' curricular area to be fit into the teaching load.

 

 

Stella Murray, the Global Dimension Co-ordinator in the College Stephen McCloskey from the Centre for Global Education and Barbara Gill & O'Toole

One of the Staff Training Day Attendees Wendy Young from the Centre for Global Education