Case Studies

According to the current evidence, policies against dropout to be effective cannot involve students alone but have to engage students’ parents as well. Research consistently finds that family engagement is one of the strongest predictor of the educational success and, thereby, it has a positive effect on children's educational improvement and achievement.

The research project investigates on the role of relationships within the class group in the larger framework of early school leaving phenomenon and its prevention. The analytical and methodological instruments offered by modern Social Network Analysis methodologies have made it possible to define detailed models of the evolution of both positive and negative ties among classmates. The essay describes the main inquiry perspective used for the process of data analysis and some of the most interesting results.

There is a positive relationship between family engagement and improved academic achievement, also at middle school level. Thus, parental involvement in education should be assured by parents’ participation in regular, two-way and meaningful communication, involving students' academic learning and other school activities. In this report we revise the reason why parents are full partners in their children's education and advice how to include them in the school life.

Early school leaving is the final step in a process of repeated failures regarded as irremediable and often unrecoverable. It represents a significant problem in Portugal as in other European countries. The Portuguese TEIP - Educational Territories of Priority Intervention Program has provided important tools for tackling school failure in territories with an increasing concentration of social exclusion problems.