School success, school failure and Early School Leaving: political, institutional and subjective factors

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology

12-13 May 2016, Barcelona


Concluding article for the ABJOVES Seminar and Research Project ‘Early School Leaving in Context’

Videos on Early School Leaving from the ABJOVES Seminar
Why is it important to do research on Early School Leaving?- Aina Tarabini (CAT)

How are social class and ethnicity related to school leaving?- Diane Reay and Nicola Ingram (ENG)

What is the role of schools in explaining educational exclusion? Juan Manuel Escudero (SPA)

What is the relationship between gender inequalities and Early School Leaving? (CAT)


Download the final programme

Conference description

The research group Globalisation, Education and Social Policies (GEPS) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in the frame of the R+D project: “Early School Leaving in Spain. An analysis of young people’s educational decisions, motivations and strategies (ABJOVES)”, invites you to submit abstracts for the international conference “School success, school failure and Early School Leaving: political, institutional and subjective factors”, to be held in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona on May 12 and 13, 2016.

The theme

Raising levels of school success is a key goal of every education system worldwide. In any of its meanings (basic skills acquisition, attainment of school certification, enrolment in post-compulsory education, etc.), educational success is presented, in the knowledge society, as a prerequisite for the social inclusion at an individual level, and for the advancement of the society as a whole. And while there is no doubt that education alone is not always enough to ensure such a progress, it is also true that it is absolutely necessary in order to make this change possible.

In this context, this conference aims at reflecting on the processes of school success, school failure and/or Early School Leaving that feature contemporary education systems, considering political, institutional and subjective factors. Each one of these three dimensions, which constitute the topics of the conference, can be addressed separately or simultaneously. Likewise, contributions can focus on different analytical levels (macro, meso, and micro), as well as on different actors (including technical and political staff, teachers, and students) and on different education levels (both compulsory and post-compulsory).

The three major topics of the conference are described below:

Topic 1: Political factors

Contributions to be presented in this area should aim at analysing the role of education policies at different scales (global, national, regional or local) in the definition, prevention and/or compensation of the processes of school success, school failure and Early School Leaving. Proposals might focus on different education levels and address different moments of the analysed processes, and both case studies and comparative approaches will be welcomed.

Topic 2. Institutional factors

Abstracts to be presented in this area should take aim at exploring the role of education institutions (including formal and non-formal education settings) when it comes the processes of educational success, educational failure and Early School Leaving. Proposals might focus on structural and organisational factors, as well as on teacher-related issues and any other dimension explaining the characteristics and functioning of different education institutions regarding the conference theme.

Topic 3. Subjective factors

Abstracts to be considered in this area should aim at analysing the processes and consequences of school success, failure and Early School Leaving from the young people’s perspective. The rationale is to identify different patterns of school success, school failure and Early School Leaving; different experiences of these processes, as well as different expressions and manifestations. Proposals dealing with the diversity of these dynamics with respect to social class, gender and ethnicity and their impacts in terms of inequality, are welcomed.

Topic 4. Other factors

Even though the conference prioritises the three areas outlined above, abstracts might also address other types of factors impacting the processes of school success, school failure and Early School Leaving. These factors can be connected to the specificities of different regions, to the structure of a given education system, etc.

Plenary speakers

The conference will include keynotes by nationally and internationally recognized specialists, which undoubtedly guarantee its scientific quality and rigour:

Prof. Diane Reay (Cambridge University)

Prof. Juan Manuel Escudero (Universidad de Murcia)

Prof. Mariano Fernández Enguita (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Dr. Nicola Ingram (Lancaster University)


Each author has 15 minutes to present. It is recommended to arrive five minutes before the session to meet the chair and prepare all the necessary material for the presentation.

Prospective participants

– Researchers

– PhD candidates and Master students

– Education officials and technical staff from education authorities

– Educational practitioners

Abstract submissions

Abstracts can be submitted in English, Spanish or Catalan. In 250 words at most they must include the presentation and justification of the topic, the methodology employed in the research and the main findings. The title, the name and the affiliation of the authors, as well as three keywords, have to be also specified. Abstracts will be reviewed and selected for presentation by the Scientific Committee and must be submitted online to the submission platform (see below).

Abstract submissions platform: Abstract Submissions. Abjoves Conference Form.

Key Dates

29th February: abstract submission deadline.

15th March: notice of acceptance/rejection of abstracts

15th March – 8th April: Early bird registration deadline (standard price).

8th April: late registration deadline.

Last week of April: final programme sent to participants.

Scientific and Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee

Dra. Aina Tarabini (UAB)

Dr. Xavier Rambla (UAB)

Dr. Antonio Luzón (U Granada)

Dra. Mónica Torres (U Granada)

Dra. Elena Giménez (U Valencia)

Dr. Joan Amer (U Islas Baleares)

Organizing Committee

Marta Curran (UAB)

Alba Castejón (UAB)

Clara Fontdevila (UAB)

Alejandro Montes (UAB)

Lluís Parcerisa (UAB)

Martí Manzano (UAB)

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