Suggested reading

Our website only touches the surface of information about global learning. We would encourage you to read up about the subject in more depth, and we’ve suggested here some resources to help you do so. Most are books, but there are also videos and links to other websites that you may find helpful.

Global Competence cover imageBook: Global competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World by Veronica Boix Mansilla and Anthony Jackson. Published in the US by the influential Asia Society, this book is a blue-print on global competences – setting out the knowledge and skills the authors believe students need to thrive in the 21st century. It can be downloaded for free as a pdf document.

Journal: Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review This is an excellent bi-annual academic journal which features in-depth contributions on a variety of aspects related to Development Education practice such as research, methodologies, monitoring and evaluation, and the production of resources.  Current and previous editions can be downloaded for free as pdf documents.

Website: This website is a hub for ideas, debate and resources on how to deliver the world’s most ambitious development agenda, the Global Goals.  Free to use.

Book: Learning to Read the World? Teaching and Learning about Global Citizenship and International Development in Post-Primary Schools by Audrey Bryan and Meliosa Bracken.  An in-depth look at global citizenship education in formal education settings.  It can be downloaded for free as a pdf document.

Development as Freedom cover imageBook: Development as Freedom: The Ends and the Means of Development by Amartya Sen. This book sets out Sen’s view that economic development should be seen as a means to an end rather than an end in itself. The ‘end’ is about extending freedom – and in this, he gives education a special place. This is not a straight-forward read, but very rewarding.  A classic text on the role of education in development. Available for purchase.

Youtube video: RSA Animate – changing education paradigms A great ten-minute video which looks again at what education is about. It was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. Free to watch.

Book: Education and Social Change – Connecting Local and Global Perspectives edited by Geoffrey Elliott, Chahid Fourali and Sally Issler.  A timely consideration with an increased awareness of global issues and the role education can play in helping to resolve these concerns. One of the co-authors (Sally Issler) is a long-standing member of Think Global’s Advisory Council.  Available for purchase.

Website: Frameworks for Intercultural Learning This is a website – by the Economic and Social Research Council Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Exeter – which aims to stimulate debate about some of the issues which lie at the core of global inter-cultural learning. The co-author of the site, Fran Martin, is a member of Think Global’s Advisory Council.  Free to use.

Book: Promises of Freedom – Citizenship, belonging and lifelong learning  by R H Fryer  Promises of Freedom provides a thorough introduction to the issues of citizenship, belonging and identity, and to the role of the State in relation to them, which lie at the very heart of the debate.  Written by the Chair of the Campaign for Learning UK. Available for purchase.

Surviving the Century cover imageBook: Surviving the Century: Facing Climate Chaos and Other Global Challenges edited by Herbert Girardet. Published in 2007, this book covers various aspects of climate change politics including energy, sustainable cities, agriculture, production and trade.

Book: Development Education – Global Perspectives in the Curriculum edited by Audrey Osler.  Schools face the challenge of introducing global and international perspectives into the curriculum, particularly within the context of a multicultural Europe. This book examines school policies and initiatives in this area, focusing on human rights and presenting a range of case studies. Available for purchase.

Youtube video: The wombat by Jason Ables. The wombat speaks, and he’s smarter than you, so listen up! In less than a minute, this rapid-fire animation tells you everything you need to know about how to get along on earth for the next million years.  (For more information, visit

Book: The False Promise of Global Learning: Why Education Needs Boundaries by Alex Standish.  Global learning is a contested issue – and this book challenges the concept of global learning.  Whilst we at Think Global wouldn’t agree with the book’s argument, it’s a good read and puts forward an alternative point of view.  Available for purchase.

80:20 cover imageBook: 80:20 Development in an Unequal World A development education resource exploring human development and human rights.  We love this book – it explains complicated issues very simply, and there are some great graphics.  The book is available to purchase, but the website includes free extracts.

Youtube video: Global Wealth Inequality – What you never knew you never knew From the organisation,, this four minute video explains global inequality.

Book: Development Education Debates and Dialogues edited by Doug Bourn. This book reflects a range of views, opinions and perspectives on the subject of development education and on related themes of global education, global learning and global citizenship.  Available for purchase.

Book: Teaching the Global Dimension by Hicks and Holden. This book specifically responds to concerns such as inequality, justice, environment and conflict in chapters written by leading educationalists in the field. It explores both the theory and practice of ‘global education’ today.  Available for purchase.

Book: 2071 The World We’ll Leave Our Grandchildren by Chris Rapley and Duncan Macmillan. Helps put some of the key climate issues simply and in such a way that the snowed under non-specialist classroom teacher can still feel they have a grasp of the basics without needing loads of time. Available for purchase.