Book: Learning as Development: Rethinking 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, migrant and more." [from the forward]
- Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO
Learning consists of a wide-ranging set of practices that vary across the life-span and different cultures. Using the lens of learning, we can advance the scope of international development theory, policy and practice. This book opens up new thinking about development for policymakers, applied researchers, communities and students that seek to improve the lives of those living in poor disadvantaged contexts around the world. Learning that matters - that is tailored to people's needs and the contexts where they grow over time, and that can be understood by stakeholders at the local level - is the learning that needs renewed attention. Driven by climate change, human migrations, enhanced technologies and the need for environmental sustainability, the broad imperative to improve learning for children, youth, and adults is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.