Learning and Teaching Around the World is a wide-ranging introduction to diverse experiences, practices and developments in global primary education. It explores different contexts for children’s learning, and methods and purposes of primary education, in settings across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australasia, and addresses wider issues such as the rise of refugee learners and large multi-grade classes.

With an explicit focus on comparative and international studies and improving the knowledge, understanding and practice of effective pedagogies for children’s learning, this book reflects on key issues such as:

  • Standards for learner-centred education
  • Patterns of inclusion and exclusion
  • Defining ‘teacher professionalism’
  • The impact of global education agendas
  • Language policy for schooling and assessment

Learning and Teaching Around the World is an essential text for those wishing to develop a critical understanding of the experiences of primary teachers and children around the world. Aimed at both undergraduate and postgraduate education studies students, the scope of this book will support all students in developing knowledge of primary education and of the diverse needs of learners in an era of global movement of children and families.

chapter |6 pages


‘Close-up’ and ‘wide angle’ lenses on primary education

part I|46 pages

Pedagogy and provision

chapter 1|11 pages

Primary education

9Why and how to compare?

chapter 3|9 pages

Multigrade pedagogies

Africa’s response to Education for All

part II|38 pages

Languages and learning

chapter 7|8 pages

English language as an inclusion tool

The case of Syrian refugees in UK primary schools

chapter 9|8 pages

Negotiating worlds

A young Mayan child developing literacy at home and at school in Mexico

part V|46 pages

Local, national and global intersections