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Literacy.org has produced numerous publications in the field of literacy, with a focus on adult basic education and international literacy development.

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Wagner, D. A., Wolf, S. & Boruch, R. F. (eds.) (2018).


Wagner, D. A. (Ed.). (2018). 

 New York, NY: Routledge.

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). 

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). 

 International Institute for Educational Planning. Paris: UNESCO.

Wagner, D. A. (2010).

Quality of education, comparability, and assessment choice in developing countries.

 COMPARE: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 40(6), 741–760.

Wagner, D. A. (2008).

Global perspectives on the science of literacy and education.

In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of cross-cultural developmental science. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum Associates.

Wagner, D. A., & Sweet, R. (Eds.). (2006).

 ICT and learning: Supporting out-of-school youth and adults.

Paris, France: OECD/NCAL.

Wagner, D. A., & Kozma, R. (2005).

Paris, France: UNESCO. [English, French and Arabic].

Wagner, D. A. (Ed.). (2005).

Washington, D.C.: World Bank/InfoDev.

OECD/NCAL. Learning to Bridge the Digital Divide. (2000).

(Wagner et al, principal editors).

Paris: OECD.

Gal, I. (2000).

 Adult Numeracy Development: Theory, Research, Practice. Series on Literacy: Research, Policy, and Practice.

Hampton Press, Inc., 23 Broadway, Cresskill, NJ 07626.

Wagner, D. A. (2002).

Literacy: Developing the future.

Brasilia: Unesco. Revised and updated in Portuguese. (Alfabetizacao: Construir o futuro.)

Wagner, D. A., Venezky, R. L., & Street, B. V. (Eds.). (1999).

Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Stern, D. & Wagner, D. A. (Eds.) (1999).

International perspectives on the school-to-work transition.

Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Wagner, D. A. (Ed.) (1999).

The future of literacy in a changing world. Second edition, Revised and updated.

Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Wagner, D. A. (1998).

Literacy: Developing the future.

Unesco/ILI. Revised and updated in Spanish. (Alfabetisation: Construir el futuro.)

Wagner, D. A. (1997).

Literacy: Developing the future (In Arabic language).

Unesco/ILI/Univ of Tunis. Revised and updated.

Tuijnman, A., Kirsch, I. & Wagner, D. A., (Eds.). (1997)

Adult basic skills: Innovations in measurement and policy analysis.

Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Hirsch, D. & Wagner, D. A. (Eds.) (1994).

What makes workers learn?: The role of incentives in workplace education and training.

Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Gadsden, V. L. & Wagner, D. A. (Eds.) (1994).

Literacy among African-American youth.

Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Wagner, D. A. (1993).

New York: Cambridge University Press.

Wagner, D. A. (1992).

Literacy: Developing the future.

Unesco Yearbook of Education, 1992, Vol. 43. Paris: Unesco. [Also in French]

Wagner, D. A. & Puchner, L. (Eds.) (March 1992).

World literacy in the year 2000.

Special issue of Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Wagner, D. A. (1990).

Literacy and research: Past, present and future.

Special issue of Literacy Lessons for the 1990 International Literacy Year. Geneva: IBE/Unesco.

Venezky, R., Wagner, D. A., & Ciliberti, B. (1990).(Eds.).

Toward defining literacy.

Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Wagner, D. A. & Srivastava, A.B.L. (1989). (Principal authors)

(Doc. No. DP/UN/INT-88-X01/10E). New York: United Nations Statistical Office.

Wagner, D. A. (1987). (Ed.).

The future of literacy in a changing world.

London/New York: Pergamon Press.

Wagner, D. A. (1983a). (Ed.).

Child development and international development: Research- policy interfaces.

San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Wagner, D. A. (1983b).

Special Issue Editor, "Literacy and Ethnicity."

In the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Vol. #42.

Wagner, D. A. & Stevenson, H.W. (1982). (Eds.).

Cultural perspectives on child development.

San Francisco: W. H. Freeman & Co.