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Book launch: Education for Social Change

08 February 2022, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

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Doug Bourn leads a debate with leading thinkers on education for social change to mark the launch of his new book with Bloomsbury Academic.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Kester Muller

To mark the publication of this new work, Doug Bourn will lead a discussion that will explore the themes covered in the book.

The event will be chaired by Liam Wegimont, Director of Global Education Network Europe. Participating in the online discussions will be:

  • Professor Tania Ramalho (State University of New York) 
  • Dr Namrata Sharma (State University of New York) 
  • Susan Kambula (CAFOD).

Time after the presentations will be given over to a Q&A with participants.

The book, published through Bloomsbury Academic, introduces debates about education for social change, including a review of historical themes around democracy, liberation and socialism.

The second section outlines potential theoretical and conceptual frameworks for thinking about education for social change.

The third section covers how social change has been explored and promoted within different areas of learning.

The fourth section looks at the opportunities and challenges for promoting education for social change and reviews current international initiatives including those of global citizenship and climate change.

Key theorists are introduced throughout the book including bell hooks, Dewey, Giroux, Gramsci, and Freire.

This seminar will be primarily useful to academics, educators, students, researchers and NGO staff, but it may also be appealing to anyone interested in education, pedagogy, social change, social justice, climate change, global learning and global citizenship.


About the Speaker

Douglas Bourn

Professor of Development Education and Co-Director of the Development Education Research Centre at IOE

He is the author of Theory and Practice of Development Education (2014) and Understanding Global Skills (2018) and editor of the Bloomsbury Handbook of Global Education and Learning (2020).

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