Author: Think Global (Development Education Association)
Institution: Think Global
Full reference: Think Global. (2011). What Parents Want: The role of schools in teaching about the wider world. London: Think Global.
This report presents the findings from a YouGov survey of parents’ attitudes towards their children’s education.
The key findings of this research include:
These capabilities are further broken down as:
The report emphasizes how this research echoes separate Ipsos MORI studies which have demonstrated how young people, teachers and the general public agree with parents on the importance of learning about the wider world.
The authors argue that behaviour, attendance, attainment and school ethos can all be improved by teaching about the wider world. Here they refer to a previous Ofsted research report (2009) and research conducted by Ipsos MORI (2010).
The report stresses how policymakers will need to take specific measures to give teachers the confidence and freedom to teach about the wider world. Ipsos MORI research (2009) has highlighted that many teachers are not confident about teaching such complex global issues
Specific measures that policymakers could take to address these issues include:
The report is based on the results of a survey conducted using an online interview administered by YouGov Plc. Fieldwork was carried out between 26 and 29 November 2010.