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Asia Pacific Viewpoint Special Issue - Teaching Development Studies in Times of Change

August 9, 2018





















Yesterday marked the release of my first Special Issue! Titled 'Teaching Development Studies in Times of Change', the SI grapples with questions regarding teaching and learning in international development/development studies. As I argue in my introductory paper to the SI: 'As both the global development sector and global higher education sector are transformed in ways we have not previously experienced, there is a pressing need to think anew about development studies pedagogy'.


In this SI, this challenge is taken up along four thematic strands, which consider: (i) complexity and causality; (ii) shifting donor– recipient landscapes; (iii) decolonising pedagogy; and (iv) core competencies. Attention is also given to work-integrated learning (WIL) in the field of international development, industry engagement, affective pedagogy, the complexity of development trajectories at the local-scale, and Australian universities limited engagement with non- Western forms of development cooperation.


In addition to these themes, I offer my own brief contribution to debates on development pedagogy and curricula by unpacking the tensions that surround efforts to simultaneously offer critical readings of development alongside more practical ‘ work-ready’  skills. Here, I focus my attention on calls to ‘ do development differently’  (DDD), arguing that future DDD practitioners can be fostered through dialogical approaches to learning that seek to nurture ‘citizen scholars’  who are committed to a career of lifelong



I am really pleased to see the release of these papers and I would like to take the opportunity to thank each of the contributors. I would also like to thank the Asia Pacific Viewpoint editor, Lisa Law, who played a pivotal role in advancing this publication. Finally, I would also like to thank all of those involved in the 2017 symposium Rethinking Development Studies Pedagogy - including my colleagues at JCU, all symposium attendees, the Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network, and Rustic Pathways Travel.


This Special Issue emerges at an important time for JCU, as we seek to continue growing our recently announced Master of Global Development program.


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