New Publications Just Released

Gold Standard? The Use of Randomized Controlled Trials for International Educational Policy (2014). Major agencies and specialized evaluation committees are pressuring the field of education development to include such methods as a way to buttress scientific and policy arguments. This review takes a closer look at this evidence-based perspective to identify strengths and limitations for making policy decisions in low-income countries.


Learning First: A Research Agenda For Improving Learning in Low-Income Countries (2012) In 2011, the Brookings Institution (Ctr for Universal Education) established a global Research Task Force on Learning (RTFL) in order to develop a research agenda on learning as a specific outcome of the Global Compact on Learning for the Post-2015 MDGs. With Prof. Dan Wagner as Chair, this consisted of a group of experts collaborating on a research agenda for learning for all children and youth in developing countries. The resulting white paper called LEARNING FIRST: A RESEARCH AGENDA FOR IMPROVING LEARNING IN LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES is provided here.

Literacy, Culture and Development: Becoming literate in Morocco (1994). Newly released as an e-copy, this book covers a decade-long investigation and longitudinal study of early reading acquisition in Morocco. The book also contains an in-depth analysis of the cultural context of multi-lingualism in Morocco, as well as an empirical study of the impact of Quranic schooling on learning achievement in rural and urban Morocco.


UNESCO Chair established at Penn GSE

ILI Director and Penn GSE Professor Dan Wagner was recently named the first UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy. Read the press release here


Launch of First Multimedia Learning Platform To Promote Literacy in South Africa

July 2009 - Representing a first for South Africa, The International Literacy Institute, in partnership with Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy in South Africa, and under the sponsorship of the South African Department of Education launched on July 23, 2009, the Bridges to the Future Initiative (BFI-SA), a multimedia education programme for the promotion of literacy and other learning skills in South Africa...