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Learning as Development

Rethinking International Education in a Changing World

By Daniel A. Wagner

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Learning is the foundation of the human experience. It begins at birth and never stops, a continuous and malleable link across life stages of human development. Disparities in learning access and outcomes around the world have deep consequences for income, social mobility, health, and well-being. For international development practitioners faced with today's unprecedented environmental and geopolitical pressures, learning should be viewed as a touchstone and target for those seeking to truly effect global change. This book traces the path of international development work—from its pre-colonial origins to the emergence of economics as the dominant discipline in the field—and lays out a new agenda for policymakers, researchers, and practitioners, from early education through adulthood. Learning as Development is an attempt to rethink international education in a changing world.


'This book greatly advances our knowledge and understanding of how to improve learning for all--especially for those who have been most marginalized, such as the poor, girls and women, indigenous populations, migrants and those impacted by climate change. It is especially welcome as the world moves towards implementing the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.' - Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO

'Unparalleled in scope and depth and with case material from numerous cultures in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. This is a long-awaited book on educational development.' - Robert A. Levine, Roy E. Larsen Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

'Learning as Development is a great read. The depth of discussion and the literature it draws on has a wealth of resources. My students really need this. Thumbs up for this excellent book!' - Moses Oketch, Professor, Institute of Education, University College London

'A well-researched and comprehensive volume with critical insights on improving education that will help make a difference in the world today and tomorrow.' - Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, The Vatican

'This is a refreshing, accessible volume that combines scholarship with thoughtful descriptions of learning from many cultures; it humanizes and broadens the discussion of education and development.' - Marlaine Lockheed, World Bank and Center for Global Development

'Excellent! It is time to walk the talk! This incisive and thoughtful book should be read by policy makers as well as those who engage in the everyday critical work of education and development.' - Adama Samassekou, Minister of Education, Mali

Table of Contents

Preface. Foreword by Irina Bokova. Introduction: Towards a New Understanding of Development. Part I. Development 1. International Development 2. Human Development: A Life-Span Approach 3. Learning as Development Part II. Learning 4. Learning in Early Childhood5. Children and the Development of Basic Skills 6. Youth and Adult Learning: Beyond the Classroom Part III. Educational Institutions 7. Schools and Schooling 8. Teachers and Pedagogies Part IV. Trends and Challenges 8. New Technologies: Problems and Prospects 9. Globalization and the Environment 10. Measurement of Learning 11. Learning Equity: A New Agenda for Development. Epilogue: The Challenges Ahead

About the Author

Daniel A. Wagner (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is the UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy, and Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Founding Director of the International Literacy Institute and Director of Penn’s International Educational Development Program. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and Fulbright Scholar, he has served as an advisor to UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, DFID and other agencies, governments, and civil society organizations. He was elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and was the recipient of the 2014 UNESCO Confucius International Literacy Prize. He is the author or editor of more than 25 books and many other publications. See www.danwagner.org.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
EDUCATION / Comparative
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child