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New publication highlights huge growth in global education and learning research

29 April 2020

A new handbook on global education and learning edited by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) academic Professor Douglas Bourn was published this month.

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The book launch that introduced The Bloomsbury Handbook of Global Education and Learning took place at the IOE in early March. The handbook is a comprehensive 33-chapter book of writing on global education.

The major new collection features the work of eight UCL academics including editor Professor Bourn, Co-Director of the Development Education Research Centre at the UCL Institute of Education.

Watch author and editor presentations from the Handbook's launch

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In the last decade, learning about global issues and themes has become an increasingly recognised element of education around the world.
Terms such as ‘global learning’, ‘global citizenship’ and ‘global education’ have been incorporated into national education policies and international initiatives led by the UN, UNESCO, the European Commission and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

These issues have gained momentum worldwide, not only in the political agenda of many European countries but also within school practice and academic discourse. Despite this, there is yet to be a substantial publication that attempts to bring together the main elements of key debates in these areas.

The Bloomsbury Handbook aims to fulfil this role, as well as providing analysis of policies and suggesting new directions for research. 

Written by a diverse group of renowned scholars from around the world, the handbook is a key resource for academics, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners who need a clear picture of global learning.


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