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Our research network recently collaborated on a book, ‘An International Perspective on School Dropout and Completion‘ published by Springer.

cda_displayimageThis book provides an important perspective on the issue of school dropout across various education systems. The book features researchers who are part of the ISCY project including the following:

  • School dropout and completion in Spain’ Raphael Merino and Maribel Garcia
  • School dropout in secondary education: the case of Poland’ Piotr Mikiewicz
  • ‘Introduction to the Nordic education systems’ Eifred Markussen
  • ‘Dropout and completion in upper secondary education in Finland’ Risto Rinne and Tero Järvinen
  • Dropout in a small society: is the Icelandic case somehow different?’ Kristjana Stella Blondal, Jón Torfi Jónasson and Anne-Christin Tannhäuser
  • ‘Early leaving, non-completion and completion in upper secondary education in Norway’
  • Eifred Markussen, Mari Wigum Frøseth, Nina Sandberg, Berit Lødding and Jorunn Spord Borgen
  • ‘High school dropouts in the United States’ Russ Rumberger
  • ‘School dropout and completion in Australia’ Stephen Lamb
  • ‘Vocational education and training: friend or foe of the educationally disadvantaged?’ Richard Teese
  • ‘School dropout and inequality’ Stephen Lamb
  • ‘Policies to reduce dropout and improve completion’ Eifred Markussen and Nina Sandberg


The Californian Dropout Research Project –

This site was established to synthesise existing research and undertake new research to inform policymakers, educators and the general public about the nature of the dropout crisis in California and to help the state develop a meaningful policy agenda to address the problem.  The director is Professor Russell Rumberger.


Op-ed by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times entitled ‘My Little (Global) School’ published on the 2nd April 2013.


We commend Andreas Schleicher’s recent TED talk in which he discusses what makes a good education system.  Andreas Schleicher is the Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD’s General Secretary.

Professor Stephen Lamb recently gave a seminar presentation on the ISCY project at the Hong Kong Institute of Education organised by the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development. Download Powerpoint Presentation here