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Teaching Methods for the Global Dimension

Teaching and learning methodologies developed in the development education sector over several years fit well with the ethos of the global dimension in education. We have identified materials and resources related to teaching and learning methodologies which you might find of interest. View these here

Teaching Resources

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There is a growing range of teaching and other resources available to support the global dimension in education. The Global Dimension Project at St Mary's makes teaching and general reference resources available to staff and students through the Global Dimension Resource Library and the main College Library. Below you can view a sample of the books, teaching packs, games and DVDs currently available at St Mary's.


Foundation and Key Stage 1 here

Key Stage 2 here (requires Adobe Reader)

Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 here

Web-based teaching resources including resources specific to Northern Ireland here


Additional useful documents include:

Citizenship Education: the Global Dimension Guidance for Key Stages 3 & 4. View here

Bill of Rights in Schools: A Resource for Post-Primary Schools (NI Specific). View here

A Climate of Conflict: Understanding Conflict Building Peace. View here

Education for Global Citizenship A Guide for Schools (Oxfam). View here


Action Projects

Completion of the Certificate in the Global Dimension in Education requires students to undertake an Action Project during their teaching practice.  The information here provides ideas and sources of support for getting started with such projects.  Others may also find this information useful if they are looking to become an active campaigner on development related issues or begin working with their class or encourage pupils to look at a campaigning action. Download the information here


Development Issues

We realize that development and human rights issues may be new to many students and teachers.  Many of the issues are interrelated and complex.  This section seeks to provide materials to guide anyone wishing to increase their own understanding of development issues. View here

Educational Visits

The global dimension concepts lend themselves easily to being incorporated into existing themes, subjects and educational activities. In particular, educational visits provide opportunities for teachers to incorporate the global dimension into teaching and learning.

Education for Sustainable Development, Resource Guide for Teachers and Group Leaders 2006-2008 (download here and available for download from http://www.eefni.org.uk) is a comprehensive guide to educational visits which may also incorporate the 8 global dimension concepts.


In addition, the following centres also provide excellent days out.

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum  http://www.uftm.org.uk/

The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum illustrates the way of life and the traditions of the people of the north of Ireland.  The Open Air Museum exhibits are complemented by Folk Galleries which show how food, farming, everyday occupations and lifestyles have changed through time.  At the Transport Museum the transport collection ranges from horse-drawn carts to locomotives and the history of ship and aircraft building.


St. Patrick’s Trian Visitors Complex http://www.saintpatrickstrian.com/

This complex houses 3 main exhibitions:

The Armagh Story provides a comprehensive history of Armagh through time and A thought provoking audio-visual presentation portrays 'Belief' throughout the world, with particular emphasis on Armagh, as the Christian Capital of Ireland.

Patrick's Testament - The Book of Armagh interactive displays allow the visitor to find out about this ancient manuscript through touch screen computers and hands on activities.

The Land of Lilliput - Jonathan Swift, author and clergyman, spent time in the Armagh area.  The adventures of ‘Gullivers Travels’ are narrated with the help of a 20 foot giant!