Wednesday 27 November 2019

Round Square International Research Study

Ivanhoe Grammar School collaborated with Round Square to produce a global study on how to build respect for other cultures. After two years of investigating Round Square has published findings on how to grow young people’s capacity to respectfully connect and cooperate with other cultures. Students from Ivanhoe joined more than 11,000 participants from 34 countries in an international research study on how to build respect for other cultures. Read the report from Round Square here.

As part of the research project, in 2018 three members of the Ivanhoe community, Head of Plenty Campus, Dan Brown and two students who were in Year 11 Stefan and Annaliese got the opportunity to fly to Harvard University in Boston to be involved in a Round Square Research Symposium at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Ivanhoe Grammar School was the only Australian School invited and selected as a Research Ambassador School. The research project was led by Dr Christina Hinton from Harvard GSE and her team at Research Schools International (RSI).  They found that students’ global competence is best developed through volunteering, learning about different cultural perspectives, celebrating cultural diversity, discussing world events and learning how to solve conflicts.

Our students were involved in all aspects of the symposium including writing reports. As part of the research Round Square published students research perspectives from 24 students including our very own Stefan and Annaliese, read the report on Developing International Understanding with Courage here.

We look forward to hosting the Round Square International Conference in 2020. In partnership with Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston and Ballarat Grammar, we will host a conference for 1200 delegates, which includes 900 students and over 300 staff from around the world. They will come together in the spirit of Round Square to share, discuss and develop solutions to the theme of the Conference: Sustainability – take less, be more.