The Promotion of Educational Success in Intermediate Level VET: The Case of the Balearic Islands

  • Francesca Salvà-MutEmail author
  • Antoni Cerdà-Navarro
  • Jaume Sureda-Negre
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 32)


Considering the Spanish population, there is a clear lack of people who have completed an intermediate level of studies. Recent studies have established the positive relationship between higher levels of secondary schooling, including VET, and a reduction of the early school leaving rate. Our study on which factors steer students towards success in intermediate level VET used student engagement as its core concept. Our sample included 1030 students from 15 to 24 years old. Our approach was quantitative, and the instrument we utilized was a questionnaire.

The results we obtained have allowed us to identify the main characteristics of students’ engagement and underline notable shortcomings, mainly regarding the time that students dedicate to school work outside of school, absenteeism, and perceptions of the interest that teachers have in students as people rather than just students. The most significant differences related to the sociodemographic characteristics considered were related to sex and age group.


Behavioral engagement Cognitive engagement Affective engagement Dropout Gender 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesca Salvà-Mut
    • 1
    Email author
  • Antoni Cerdà-Navarro
    • 1
  • Jaume Sureda-Negre
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the Balearic IslandsPalma de MallorcaSpain

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