Overview of the project

Global Partnerships for mutual learning is a three-year project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It will investigate two global partnerships between the UK and two Southern countries, and the learning that takes place for teachers who participate in yearly study visit courses.

Project title: Global Partnerships as sites of mutual learning: teachers’ professional development through study visit courses.

Since 2000 schools in England have been actively encouraged by the government to establish a North-South school partnership. Some small-scale studies have shown that the impact of such partnerships on pupils' learning can be counterproductive to that which is intended. In particular, how pupils are supported in their responses to difference and to poverty is causing concern. A contributing factor is that many teachers lack the knowledge and experience required to adequately address issues of an intercultural and global nature that are integral to partnership learning.

One of the strategies for developing teachers' knowledge is North-South study visit courses. No study to date has systematically investigated what and how professionals from both countries learn from North-South study visits or the relationship between this learning and their practice over time. This research project therefore aims to investigate what teachers learn from study visit courses, and how they make use of what has been learnt back in their own educational settings, giving equal weight to the learning of both northern and southern partners.

Funding Partners

Global Partnerships for Mutual Learning Is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

This project has now finished but materials will continue to be uploaded in the resources and impact sections