Research in Global Learning

This new book from UCL Press, edited by ANGEL Chair Doug Bourn, and featuring writing by many ANGEL members, explores methodologies for global citizenship and sustainable development education.

The collection is available both as an open-access download, and as an affordable paperback.



We are very happy to confirm that we can offer ANGEL members a code that will provide a 20% discount on print copies at: UCL23AF804L. Code expires 30 May 2024. Excludes purchases from/deliveries to North America. North American customers, click here.



Young people around the world are calling ever more urgently on policymakers to address today’s global challenges of sustainability, structural inequality and social justice. So it is little surprise that learning in a global society, understanding sustainable development and being active global citizens are increasingly popular themes for education at all levels. Educational research makes a crucial contribution to knowledge that can address the great questions of our time, with evidence from diverse studies vital if we are to build a clear picture. Research in Global Learning showcases methods and findings from early career researchers who conducted illuminating studies around the globe, specifically in Brazil, China, Ghana, Greece, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Poland, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The studies in this volume investigate four important themes: the relationship between policy and practice; opportunities and constraints in the education system and for the role of teachers; challenges for higher education; and the perspectives of young people and students. Flexibility of approach is crucial for successful educational research in varied environments, and is on show throughout this book. Depending on context, authors used case study, quantitative and qualitative research, participatory action research, longitudinal studies and analysis of textbooks through critical discourse analysis to demonstrate how learning about global learning and sustainability can inspire learners and contribute to quality education.



The author, Douglas Bourn, Professor of Development Education at UCL and Chair of the ANGEL Advisory Board, would like to invite you to an event which will launch this collection alongside another important new book for anyone with an interest in research on Global Education and Learning: Pedagogy of Hope for Global Social Justice: Sustainable Futures for People and the Planet (Bloomsbury). 

This launch, held as a hybrid event (in-person event held on UCL Bloomsbury Campus, London) on the 30th November at 17:00-18:30 GMT, will feature a brief introduction to each book, and a series of short presentations from the authors of key chapters from both collections.


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