Humanities

02 June 2017

Global Perspectives Blog

It is a bittersweet time in the school calendar, as some groups of students continue to mature and grow in skills and confidence, and others are in the process of moving on to the next phase of their education and life in a different context completely.  As the school year reaches its conclusion, it makes sense to take stock of how both Year 10 and Year 11 Global Perspectives have performed throughout the year and what the future holds for both set of students. One group is at the mid-point of their IGCSE journey, whilst the other is on the cusp of completing theirs.

Year 10 are deep into the process of completing their individual research report under the broad topic area of “Trade and Aid”. This is a major piece of coursework and requires students to practise a number of different interrelated skills. They must choose their own enquiry questions and then frame this enquiry by crafting relevant research questions. This has often been a challenging process due to the fact that their research often demonstrated that certain framing questions were dead-ends whilst their research often turned up new and previously unexpected avenues of investigation. They have also honed their research skills to more efficiently locate relevant and trustworthy evidence to support their central theses and arguments. The students are engaged in researching and reporting on a fascinating range of topics from the effect of free trade on low-skilled workers in different national and global contexts, to assessments of the effectiveness of the development aid donated by NGOs to combat poverty in different countries. The class is hoping to complete this piece of coursework before the summer break and will return in the autumn with the very different, but no less vigorous and enjoyable, Group Project ahead of them.

This brings us nicely to the current Year 11s, who have successfully completed their Group Project since my last post. They collaborated with schools in the UK and the Netherlands on a project investigating the effect of the internet on local cultures around the world. The class found this a very enjoyable, if at times a bit stressful, project to complete. It allowed the students to hone their time management, planning, communication and organisational skills. The also gained very interesting insights into how other cultures are responding to the globalising influence of the internet. The group decided to stick with the mantra of educating and informing in equal measure by using the results of their research and interschool collaboration to stage a whole school assembly to share their work. I was very impressed by how the class rose to the challenge in this project and used their initiative and creativity to overcome unforeseen challenges. Hopefully, these same traits will also have aided them in their recent IGCSE examination in GP and they can look forward to getting the results they deserve come August.

Lastly, I would like to thank all the staff and students in the school who helped the year 11s complete their coursework by generously donating either their time, by completing interviews and surveys, or their skills, by helping with the technical and artistic aspects of the assembly. I’m sure that next year’s year 11 will also be able to count on the same spirit of cooperation and community when they come to do their Group Project.

 

David Geary
Teacher of Global Perspectives

 

 

 

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