School Dropout and Completion

International Comparative Studies in Theory and Policy

  • Stephen Lamb
  • Eifred Markussen
  • Richard Teese
  • John Polesel
  • Nina Sandberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Stephen Lamb, Eifred Markussen
    Pages 1-18
  3. Structures and Pathways

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Marianne Blanchard, Rémi Sinthon
      Pages 79-98
    3. Rafael Merino, Maribel Garcia
      Pages 99-115
    4. Alice Sullivan, Lorna Unwin
      Pages 117-135
    5. Elisabetta Pagnossin
      Pages 191-211
    6. Eifred Markussen
      Pages 213-214
    7. Risto Rinne, Tero Järvinen
      Pages 215-232
    8. Kristjana Stella Blondal, JónTorfi Jónasson, Anne-Christin Tannhäuser
      Pages 233-251
    9. Eifred Markussen, Mari Wigum Frøseth, Nina Sandberg, Berit Lødding, Jorunn Spord Borgen
      Pages 253-271
    10. Russell W. Rumberger
      Pages 275-294
    11. Michel Janosz, Sherri L. Bisset, Linda S. Pagani, Ben Levin
      Pages 295-320
    12. Stephen Lamb
      Pages 321-339
  5. Programs, Equity and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-341
    2. John Polesel, Adrianna Nizińska, Ewa Kurantowicz
      Pages 357-367
    3. Stephen Lamb
      Pages 369-390
    4. Eifred Markussen, Nina Sandberg
      Pages 391-406
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 407-410

About this book


School dropout remains a persistent and critical issue in many school systems, so much so that it is sometimes referred to as a crisis. Populations across the globe have come to depend on success at school for establishing careers and gaining access to post-school qualifications. Yet large numbers of young people are excluded from the advantages that successful completion of school brings and as a result are subjected to consequences such as higher likelihood of unemployment, lower earnings, greater dependence on welfare and poorer physical health and well-being. Over recent decades, most western nations have stepped up their efforts to reduce drop out and raise school completion rates while maintaining high standards. How school systems have approached this, and how successful they are, varies. This book compares the various approaches by evaluating their impact on rates of dropout and completion. Case studies of national systems are used to highlight the different approaches including institutional arrangements and the various alternative secondary school programs and their outcomes. The evaluation is based on several key questions: What are the main approaches? How do they work? For whom do they work? And, how successful are they in promoting high rates of completion and equivalent outcomes for all? This book examines the nature of the dropout problem in advanced industrialized countries with the goal of developing a broader, international understanding that can feed into public policy to help improve completion rates worldwide.


early school leaving effectiveness external diversification strategies inclusive education inclusiveness internal differentiation strategies pupil diversity upper secondary education

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen Lamb
    • 1
  • Eifred Markussen
    • 2
  • Richard Teese
    • 3
  • John Polesel
    • 4
  • Nina Sandberg
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.NIFU STEPOsloNorway
  3. 3., Centre for Post-Compulsory Education andUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  4. 4.Faculty of EducationUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  5. 5.NIFU STEPOsloNorway

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