Daniel A. Wagner

Professor, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy
Director, International Literacy Institute and National Center on Adult Literacy
Director, International Educational Development Program

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-898-9803

Email: wagner@literacy.upenn.edu

Professional Biography

Dr. Dan Wagner is the UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy, and Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the International Literacy Institute, co-founded by UNESCO and the University of Pennsylvania (www.literacy.org), and Director of Penn’s International Educational Development Program (IEDP) in graduate study. After an undergraduate degree in Engineering at Cornell University, and voluntary service in the Peace Corps (Morocco), he received his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Michigan, was a two-year postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Fellow (twice) at the International Institute of Education Planning in Paris, a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Paris.

Dr. Wagner has extensive experience in national and international educational issues, and has served as an advisor to UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, DFID, and others on international development issues. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Anthropological Association, and the American Educational Research Association. His most recent multi-year projects have been in India, South Africa, and Morocco. He recently served as Chair of the Brookings Global Research Task Force on Learning. Dr. Wagner was the recipient of the 2014 UNESCO Confucius International Literacy Prize. In addition to more than 160 professional publications, Dr. Wagner has written/edited 25 books.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Wagner’s research interests include literacy across the lifespan (children, youth, adults), comparative studies of basic education and literacy, education in developing countries, and appropriate uses of educational technologies. His current international projects have been in India, South Africa, and Morocco. Most recently, he has completed a major review in the area of learning indicators for use in understanding the quality of education in the developing world.

Selected Publications

Wagner, D. A. (Ed.). (2015). Learning and Education In Developing Countries: Research and Policy for the Post-2015 UN Development Goals. NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wagner, D. A. (2015). Des évaluations simples, rapides et abordables: Améliorer l’apprentissage dans les pays en développement. Paris: UNESCO IIEP.

Wagner, D. A., Castillo, N. M. (2014). Learning at the bottom of the pyramid: Constraints, comparability and policy in developing countries. Prospects (44) 627-638.

Wagner, D. A. (2014). Mobiles for Reading: A Landscape Research Review. Technical Report. Washington, DC: USAID. 

Wagner, D. A. (2011). What happened to literacy? Historical and conceptual perspectives on literacy in UNESCO. International Journal of Educational Development. 31, 319–323.

Wagner, D. A. (2011). Smaller, Quicker, Cheaper: Improving Learning Assessments in Developing Countries. Paris/Washington: UNESCO-IIEP/FTI-Global Partnership for Education.

Wagner, D. A.: Quality of education, comparability, and assessment choice in developing countries. COMPARE: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 40(6): 741-760, 2010.

Wagner, D. A.: Global perspectives on the science of literacy and education. Handbook of Cross-Cultural Developmental Science. M. Bornstein (eds.). NJ: Erlbaum, 2008.

Wagner, D. A.: Alphabetisation et le lettrisme aujourd’hui. Dictionnaire de l’education. A. van Zanten (eds.). Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2008.

Wagner, D. A., & Sweet, R. (Eds.): ICT and Learning: Supporting Out-of-School Youth and Adults. Paris: OECD/NCAL, 2006.

Wagner, D. A. & Kozma, R.: New technologies for literacy and adult education: A global perspective. Paris: UNESCO, 2005 Notes: In English, French and Arabic.

Wagner, D. A. (Ed.): Monitoring and Evaluation of ICT in Education Projects: A Handbook for Developing Countries. Washington, D.C.: World Bank/InfoDev, 2005.

Wagner, D. A., Venezky, R. L., & Street, B. V. (Eds.): Literacy: An International Handbook. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999.