In addition to being widely published in professional journals, he is the author or editor of 25 books.
Learning and Education in Developing Countries, edited by Wagner provides a comprehensive research-based review of learning and educational quality in developing countries. Written by specialists from around the world, the book covers areas such as early literacy, new technology, conflict-affected contexts, informal education and learning assessment, all topics that are among the most crucial for policy makers.
The book illustrates what is known and what needs to be learned about improving education on a global scale and coincides with the U.N.’s next set of sustainable development goals to improve educational quality. With support from the Brookings Institution, the book was written while Wagner was the chair of its Global Research Taskforce on Learning.
“Improving learning for all children is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century,” he says. “The book asks pertinent questions such as: What is learning? Does learning happen the same way around the world? What kinds of social and economic factors affect learning and the quality of education? Research on these issues in developing countries will be needed to foster informed educational policy development.”
Next on his itinerary is a book about international education that’s nearly complete and a fall semester filled with more travel, including serving as a keynote speaker discussing massive open online courses at the International Conference on Open and Distance Education in Johannesburg, South Africa. He’s also been invited to the Vatican for a conference in November about the links between education and Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change.