Understanding Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on “quality education” from micro, meso and macro perspectives

Boeren, E. (2019) Understanding Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on “quality education” from micro, meso and macro perspectives. International Review of Education, 65(2), pp. 277-294. (doi: 10.1007/s11159-019-09772-7)

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This article discusses the current focus of education policies around the world on working with benchmarks, indicators and targets. Its aim is to increase knowledge of potential strategies to meet the fourth United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4), which strives for quality education. The SDGs form part of the United Nations (UN) “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, which was unanimously adopted in 2015 by all UN Member States as a “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”. Structure and agency theory form an important starting point of this article, allowing the ten targets within SDG 4 to be separated and viewed from micro-, meso- and macro-level perspectives. This analysis explores the idea that reaching the SDG 4 targets is a responsibility shared among individuals, education and training institutions, and regulating governments.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boeren, Professor Ellen
Authors: Boeren, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:International Review of Education
ISSN (Online):1573-0638
Published Online:15 March 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Review of Education 2019
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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