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Can our graduates become global citizens without transformative learning?

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'Lunchtime Seminar Series'

by Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at La Trobe

*With special guest: Associate Professor Valerie Clifford

Higher education institutions have taken steps to internationalise curriculum but there is confusion about what this might mean, and new debate has opened up about the purpose of higher education in our complex world. Some claim that as part of an internationalised curriculum global citizenship education should be ‘transformative’; global citizenship education should change how students see the world and their involvement in it. Many developments in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment intended to internationalise curriculum do not actually demonstrate how, or if, students are ‘transformed’, and lead to the question ‘What does transformative education look like?’

One suggestion is that transformation happens at different levels. At the micro-level, transformative education is likely to involve personal change for students and staff, whereas at the macro-level, transformative education could mean engagement of the broader institution and complete re-generation of curriculum. For many academics the demands of transformative education can seem quite daunting.

During this lunchtime seminar, we will consider questions on transformative education that relate to global citizenship. These include:

  • Are “out of comfort zone” experiences implicated in transformative learning?
  • Should curricula embrace transformative approaches if it is to meet the ideals of global citizenship education, and what do these approaches look like?

We also want to commence conversations that reflect on the personal transformations that may be required of us as educators if we are to achieve transformative curricula.

About our speaker:

Associate Professor Valerie Clifford has worked in academic development for many years in New Zealand, Fiji, UK, South Africa, Malaysia and Australia. Her posts have included: Head of the Academic Development Unit at Monash University; and being Director of the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. Over the last decade her teaching and research has focused on internationalisation of the curriculum, from debating ideas on the purpose of higher education to practical consideration of how ideals can be put into practice. While Deputy Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development from 2006 - 2010, she was the inaugural Director of CICIN, the Centre for International Curriculum Inquiry and Networking (now CCI, Centre for Curriculum Internationalization).


Please join us for lunch from 11.45. The seminar will start promptly at 12 noon and run until 1.30pm on October 24th, HUED-108 (Melbourne) and HHS1-201 Flora Hill Campus (Bendigo). Location for other regional campuses TBA

*A mix of hot and cold lunch options will be provided. Please advise us of any dietary preferences or intolerances via email to Rachel - r.soh@latrobe.edu.au

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