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Altruism for a life of service: Integrating U.N. sustainable development goals into curriculum

Global Education Colloquium

May 17, 2016
Michael Haslip, Drexel University

A conceptual framework for integrating the UN sustainable development goals into academic curricula through project-based pedagogy is presented. Special attention is given to the development of altruism because as altruistic capabilities develop, commitment to development challenges can likewise be strengthened. The development of altruism in young children is presented through the Heart, Head, Hand method and curriculum examples. Moral principles underpinning an altruistic life of service are considered. This framework is guiding curriculum development for a new children’s digital learning platform at www.rainbowmekids.com. Progress to date on the RainbowMe project will be shared.

About the Speaker

Michael Haslip, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of early childhood education at Drexel University.  His work focuses on improving young children’s social and emotional learning through teacher preparation and prosocial classroom interventions. He has also investigated the effect of attending public preschool on children’s later literacy outcomes. Previously, he worked as a school teacher across the early childhood continuum, infancy – age 8. Dr. Haslip has a background in international development, having participated in service-related education projects in Jamaica, Uganda, El Salvador, Malaysia and the United States. He is interested in how the next generation of children can be empowered to promote global sustainable development.