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New book by Harvard Graduate School of Education students draws on UNESCO's Futures of Education report

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A new book presenting work carried out by students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education uses UNESCO's report Reimagining Our Futures Together: A New Social Contract for Education as a framework to examine how to improve education systems around the world.

Between September and December of 2021, teams of students enrolled in Harvard's Education Policy Analysis and Research in Comparative Perspective course partnered with education authorities, school districts, and other large-scale systems at the municipal, state and national level in Colombia, Ecuador, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Palestine, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the United States, and Uruguay, to identify the key educational challenges facing students in those systems, the ongoing efforts to address those challenges, and to suggest avenues for improvement based in the application of ideas in UNESCO’s report.  The course was led by Professor Fernando Reimers who was also a member of UNESCO's International Commission on the Futures of Education.

Entitled Advancing A New Social Contract For Education: Collaborations to Reimagine our Futures Together, the book aims to communicate to educators the ways in which UNESCO’s report can be used to shape context-specific recommendations for the improvement of education systems. Its goal is also to make visible the results of a particular pedagogical approach that integrates learning in action and learning from action in the professional preparation of educators. In addition, it aims to complete the educational experience of the students who wrote these papers, by bringing their work into public conversation in the broader international policy community.

Click here to read an open-access PDF of the book.

The book is also available for purchase in paperback, hardback and Kindle formats.




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