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Volume 53, No. 4, November 2018
Reconceptualising system transitions in education for marginalised and vulnerable groups
Guest Editors: Paul Downes, Erna Nairz‐Wirth, Jim Anderson

Volume 53, No. 3, September 2018
Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being
Guest Editor: Jean Gordon

Volume 53, No. 2 June 2018
Special Issue: Are Student Assessments Fit For Their Purposes?
Guest Editor: Janet Looney

Volume 53, No. 1. March 2018
Special Issue: Innovative approaches to Continuous Professional Development in Early Childhood Education and Care. A European perspective.
Guest Editors: Brecht Peleman, Bente Jensen and Jan Peeters

Volume 52, No. 4 December 2017
Special Issue: Education for people, prosperity and planet: Can we meet the sustainability challenges?
Guest Editor: Aaron Benavot

Volume 52, No. 3 September 2017
Title: Participatory Design for (Built) Learning Environments
Guest Editors: Karen D. Könings and Susan McKenney

Volume 52, No. 2 June 2017
Title: The Influence of PISA on Education Policies
Guest Editors: Alain Michel and Xavier Pons

Volume 52, No.1 March 2017
Title : Higher education learning outcomes - transforming higher education ?
Guest Editors : Joakim Caspersen and Nicoline Frolich

Volume 51, No.4 December 2016
Title: Governance Dynamics in Complex Decentralised Education Systems
Guest Editors: Edith Hooge

Volume 51, No 3 September 2016
Title : Vocational Schooling and Social Exclusion in the Western Balkans
Guest Editors : Claire Gordon and Will Bartlett

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Study on Policy Measures to Improve the Attractiveness of the Teaching Profession in Europe (2011-2012)

Type of project/activity:

This study, commissioned by the European Commission, was implemented from 2011 to 2012. The aim of the study was to support the work of the European Commission and the Member States in the framework of the ‘Education and Training 2020’ programme. The study sought to identify the factors influencing the attractiveness of the teaching professions in Europe and the extent to which such factors can be influenced by policy.


This study was led by IBF International Consulting with a consortium (the Universities of Montpellier, Pavia, Bratislava and Leeds, and the European Institute of Education and Social Policy) working with experts from the countries involved. The EIESP played a major role: Alain Michel was the scientific coordinator of the study and wrote the final report. Jean Gordon and Michèle Sellier also participated in the study and were members of the steering team.

Main activities:

The scope of the study included 33 European countries or education systems. The study started with a review of the literature on this issue, including national reports from various European countries and international reports, and an analysis of available statistics from Eurydice and OECD. An online survey was developed starting from a set of assumptions drawn from the analysis of all available data and it was been administered to teachers, student teachers, students in universities, teacher educators, school-leaders and local authorities in 33 education systems. More than 80,000 responses have been received and analysed. This source of information was completed by a set of 6 to 8 interviews of decision-makers carried out in each of 20 European countries by experts (some of them correspondents to EIESP). Some creativity workshops were also organised in eight countries. Interviews and workshops confirmed the results of the questionnaire and allowed for some explanation of these results.

Name of programme and funder:

European Commission (Contract No. EAC-2010-1391),

Expected outcomes:

The final report, 'Study on Policy Measures to Improve the Attractiveness of the Teaching Profession in Europe', which was completed at the end of 2012, proposes a list of policy recommendations in order to enhance the attractiveness of the teaching profession which is at the moment very different among European countries. Once approved by the Commission, the report will be on-line on the Commission’s website. Volume 1 will be soon be available for download on the EIESP website. 

You can find the final report on the European Commission web site (Click here)