9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN10 Sociology of Education

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Educational Policies I Building I, 2E8

Beyond state boundaries: Identifying common elements from effective educational practices

As part of the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union, Includ-ed: Strategies for inclusion and social cohesion in Europe from education (2006-2011) is the only integrated project dedicated to the analysis of schooling. INCLUD-ED is aimed at analyzing educational strategies that contribute to overcome inequalities and promote social cohesion, and educational strategies that generate social exclusion, particularly focusing on vulnerable and marginalised groups. As a result of a twenty case study throughout Europe, two elements have been identified to be part of effective educational practices.

The project researchers have analyzed successful schools that fulfill the following two criteria: positive progress in terms of students? achievements in comparison to schools with similar backgrounds and located in disadvantaged areas and with diverse student bodies. In this paper, among all the strategies, authors will be focusing on one of them: organizing the students in heterogeneous groups with additional resources. This practice, implemented in different modalities, has been found to be an inclusive strategy which has a positive impact on the achievement of students, specifically in disadvantaged groups, at the same time that it improves the school living together. The inclusion of extra teaching staff and sometimes of other people such as family members and members of the community into the classroom (as additional resources) enables all the students to remain in the mainstream classroom. An example of this effective practice which has showed to contribute to social cohesion and school success is the interactive groups conducted in more than seventy schools in Spain.