Sustainable Development Goals: Education Books

One of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals is Quality Education: Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. 

We have put together a list of books that supports the key themes of this goal. Click on any of the resources below to find out more.

Selected titles

  • Encouraging Diversity in Higher Education

    Supporting student success, 1st Edition

    By Kate Hughes

    Encouraging Diversity in Higher Education: Supporting Student Success provides an overview of the widening participation movement in Higher Education in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand. It argues that universities should revitalise their learning and teaching practices…

    Paperback – 2016-08-12

  • Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education

    1st Edition

    By Kath Tayler, Deborah Price

    How can we support children to reach their full potential and not be constrained by gender expectations? Are gender roles fixed at birth or do they develop through experiences? Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education introduces practitioners to key aspects of gender in the early…

    Paperback – 2016-04-01
    Diversity and Inclusion in the Early Years

  • Migration and the Education of Young People 0-19

    An introductory guide, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mabel Ann Brown

    Migration and the Education of Young People 0–19 investigates migration from a number of perspectives to consider the changing dynamics of society within different countries. Examining the data associated with global migration by focusing on case studies from a wide range of countries, it provides…

    Paperback – 2015-11-24

  • The Language of Inclusive Education

    Exploring speaking, listening, reading and writing, 1st Edition

    By Elizabeth Walton

    The Language of Inclusive Education is an insightful text which considers the writing, speaking, reading and hearing of inclusive education. Based on the premise that humans use language to construct their worlds and their realities, this book is concerned with how language works to determine what…

    Paperback – 2015-11-05

  • Routledge Handbook of International Education and Development

    1st Edition

    Edited by Simon McGrath, Qing Gu

    This timely Handbook takes stock of the range of debates that characterise the field of international education and development, and suggests key aspects of a research agenda for the next period. It is deliberately divergent in its approach, recognising the major ideological and epistemological…

    Hardback – 2015-08-06
    Routledge International Handbooks

  • Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education

    International perspectives on gender and care, 1st Edition

    Edited by Simon Brownhill, Jo Warin, Inga Wernersson

    This stimulating book sets out to critically explore the notion of men, masculinities and teaching in early childhood education. It addresses the global pattern of gender, teaching and care where men are in the minority, and explores the notion that the greater involvement of men within teaching…

    Paperback – 2015-07-06

  • The School I'd Like: Revisited

    Children and young people's reflections on an education for the future, 2nd Edition

    By Catherine Burke, Ian Grosvenor

    ‘Wonderfully illuminated by children's essays, stories, poems, pictures and plans, this ground-breaking book offers a unique snapshot of the perceptions of today's school pupils’. -French bookstore Lavoisier In 2001, The Guardian launched a ground-breaking competition called ‘The…

    Paperback – 2015-06-12

  • Towards Self-improving School Systems

    Lessons from a city challenge, 1st Edition

    By Mel Ainscow

    This important new book draws lessons from a large-scale initiative to bring about the improvement of an urban education system. Written from an insider perspective by an internationally recognized researcher, it presents a new way of thinking about system change. This builds on the idea that there…

    Paperback – 2015-04-02

  • The Colour of Class

    The educational strategies of the Black middle classes, 1st Edition

    By Nicola Rollock, David Gillborn, Carol Vincent, Stephen J. Ball

    How do race and class intersect to shape the identities and experiences of Black middle-class parents and their children? What are Black middle-class parents’ strategies for supporting their children through school? What role do the educational histories of Black middle-class parents play in their…

    Paperback – 2014-11-18

  • The Theory and Practice of Development Education

    A pedagogy for global social justice, 1st Edition

    By Douglas Bourn

    Development education is much more than learning about development; it is a pedagogy for the globalised societies of the twenty-first century that incorporates discourses from critical pedagogy and postcolonialism, and a mechanism for ensuring that differing perspectives are reflected within…

    Paperback – 2014-10-10

  • Curriculum, Personal Narrative and the Social Future

    1st Edition

    By Ivor F. Goodson

    Recent writing on education and social change, and a growing number of new governmental initiatives across Western societies have proceeded in denial or ignorance of the personal missions and biographical trajectories of key public sector personnel. This book stems from an underpinning belief that…

    Paperback – 2014-05-22

Research and Reference

  • A European Politics of Education

    Perspectives from sociology, policy studies and politics, 1st Edition

    Edited by Romuald Normand, Jean-Louis Derouet

    A European Politics of Education proposes a sociology of education establishing connections between empirical data coming from European-scale comparative surveys, normative assumptions structuring actors’ representations and interpretative judgements, and a specific focus on Lifelong Learning…

    Hardback – 2016-06-28
    Studies in European Education

  • Family Strategies, Guanxi, and School Success in Rural China

    1st Edition

    By Ailei Xie

    Research in school success in contemporary China has argued that market reforms have reproduced the advantages for children from the cadre and the professional families while simultaneously creating new opportunities for children of the new arising economic elites. However, it has performed less…

    Hardback – 2016-04-26
    Education and Society in China

  • Knowledge, Control and Critical Thinking in Singapore

    State ideology and the politics of pedagogic recontextualization, 1st Edition

    By Leonel Lim

    This book examines how critical thinking is regulated in Singapore through the process of what the influential sociologist of education Basil Bernstein termed "pedagogic recontextualization". The ability of critical thinking to speak to alternative possibilities and individual autonomy as well as…

    Hardback – 2015-09-21
    Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education

  • The 'Poor Child'

    The cultural politics of education, development and childhood, 1st Edition

    Edited by Lucy Hopkins, Arathi Sriprakash

    Why are development discourses of the ‘poor child’ in need of radical revision? What are the theoretical and methodological challenges and possibilities for ethical understandings of childhoods and poverty? The ‘poor child’ at the centre of development activity is often measured against and…

    Hardback – 2015-07-27
    Education, Poverty and International Development

  • The Cost of Not Educating the World's Poor

    The new economics of learning, 1st Edition

    By Lynn Ilon

    In The Cost of Not Educating the World’s Poor, Lynn Ilon observes from her 30 years of travel and work in some 20 developing countries, how global instability, problems of environmental degradation, spread of global disease, migration and political instability are a cost of viewing the uneducated…

    Hardback – 2015-05-18

  • Faces of Discrimination in Higher Education in India

    Quota policy, social justice and the Dalits, 1st Edition

    By Samson K. Ovichegan

    This book illuminates the experiences of a set of students and faculty who are members of the Dalit caste – commonly known as the ‘untouchables’ – and are relatively ‘successful’ in that they attend or are academics at a prestigious university. The book provides a background to the study,…

    Hardback – 2015-02-19
    Routledge Research in Educational Equality and Diversity

  • Multiculturalism in Education and Teaching

    The selected works of Carl A. Grant, 1st Edition

    By Carl A. Grant

    In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces – extracts from books, key article, salient research findings, major theoretical and practical contributions – so the world can read them in a single…

    Hardback – 2014-11-19
    World Library of Educationalists

  • Educating the Children of Migrant Workers in Beijing

    Migration, education, and policy in urban China, 1st Edition

    By Myra Pong

    Educating the Children of Migrant Workers in Beijing is a timely book that addresses the gap in the provision of basic education to migrant children in China. It examines the case of Beijing, with a focus on policy implementation at the municipal and district levels and its impacts on migrant…

    Hardback – 2014-10-24
    Education and Society in China

  • Shaping of European Education

    Interdisciplinary approaches, 1st Edition

    Edited by Martin Lawn, Romuald Normand

    The range, speed and scale of Europeanizing effects in education, and their complexity, has produced a relatively new field of study. Using scholarship and research drawn from sociology, politics and education, this book examines the rise of international and transnational policy and the flow of…

    Hardback – 2014-09-15
    Studies in European Education

  • Understanding the Constructions of Identities by Young New Europeans

    Kaleidoscopic selves, 1st Edition

    By Alistair Ross

    How do young people construct their identities in the complexity of their own country, belonging to the European Union, and being part of global society? This book is based on a unique empirical study of a thousand young people, aged between eleven and nineteen, from fifteen European countries.…

    Hardback – 2014-06-22

  • Livelihoods and Learning

    Education For All and the marginalisation of mobile pastoralists, 1st Edition

    By Caroline Dyer

    Current paradigms of ‘development’ generally serve mobile pastoralist groups poorly: their visibility in policy processes is minimal, and their mobility is constructed by the powerful as a ‘problem’, rather than as a rational livelihood strategy. Increasingly damaged eco-systems, shrinking natural…

    Hardback – 2014-05-28
    Education, Poverty and International Development

  • Higher Education Choice in China

    Social stratification, gender and educational inequality, 1st Edition

    By Xiaoming Sheng

    Much of the existing research on parental involvement and higher education choice examines the difference between the working class and the middle class, but little literature looks at different factions within the social classes. This book discusses higher education choice in China, particularly…

    Hardback – 2014-04-22
    Routledge Research in Asian Education

  • Muslims and Islam in U.S. Education

    Reconsidering multiculturalism, 1st Edition

    By Liz Jackson

    Winner of Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA)'s inaugural PESA Book Awards in 2015, and The University of Hong Kong Research Output Prize for Education 2014-15. Muslims and Islam in U.S. Education explores the complex interface that exists between U.S. school curriculum, teaching…

    Hardback – 2014-04-15

  • Equity, Opportunity and Education in Postcolonial Southeast Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Cynthia Joseph, Julie Matthews

    Equity, Opportunity and Education in Postcolonial Southeast Asia addresses the ways in which colonial histories, nationalist impulses and forces of globalization shape equity and access to education in Southeast Asia. Although increasingly identified as a regional grouping (ASEAN), Malaysia,…

    Hardback – 2014-03-24
    Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education