Early School Leaving in Portugal. Policies and actors' interpretations
Magalhães, A.M., Araújo, H.C., Macedo, E. & Rocha, C.Keywords:
This article focuses on the emergence and development of early school leaving (ESL) as a political issue in Portugal, from 2000 to the present. It considers three distinct periods in which the rationales of «social inclusion», «educational quality and effectiveness» and «qualifications for work and the labour market» took on different characteristics and onus. Educational stakeholders in different positions were heard at the European, national and local levels. The argument is that the enactment of ESL related policies and measures is influenced by the interpretations of the actors located at these levels.