Reducing Early School Leaving in the EU (

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Start date: 01/02/2013
End date: 31/01/2018
Funding: 8095355 EUR


Where the available research data on ESL only explains isolated aspects of the evolution towards ESL, the projectanalyses ESL from a holistic perspective. By framing the complex and often subtle interplay of factors influencing ESL onmacro/meso/micro level; and by deconstructing these configurations of influencing factors in the specific contexts where theyoccur, we expect to uncover specific combinations of variables and contexts influencing the processes related to ESL. Thisallows us to formulate conceptual models useful for the development and implementation of policies and specific measures toinfluence ESL, making the project not only relevant to academics, but also to policy makers, school staff and civil aims to provide insights into the mechanisms and processes influencing a pupil's decision to leave school/trainingearly; as well as into the decision of ESLers to enroll in alternative learning arenas unrelated to a regular school - but whereinspecific creative or innovative methods of knowledge and skill transfer are used. Additionally, focuses on thevulnerable group of youngsters that left education or training early and are identified as NEET (Not in Education, Employmentor Training). also aims to identify and analyze the intervention and compensation measures that succeeded intransferring knowledge and in keeping pupils in education/training, although they showed high (theoretical) risk of ESL.In order to be able to compare the data gathered in 7 partner countries, will develop and refine the theoreticalframework on ESL, formulating a workable yet nuanced definition of ESL. Through a mixed-method design, a total of 28140surveys and 1176 interviews/FGD will be conducted, generating in-depth data while allowing systematic comparisons andquantitative generalizations. Results are targeted at different audiences/stakeholders: EU- & national policy makers, schoolstaff, academics and civil society.

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