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Welcome to ISOTIS

The project ISOTIS, funded by the European Union within the Horizon2020 program, has just begun. ISOTIS is a continuation of the CARE-project (European Union 7th Framework Programme, grant agreement 613318; www.ecec-care.org ) and involves many of the former CARE-partners. CARE addressed curriculum, quality and impact of early childhood education and care in Europe. ISOTIS expands […]

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Developing plans at the ISOTIS kick-off meeting

On January 15th – 17th 2017, the ISOTIS project has been officially launched with the ISOTIS Kick-off meeting. The meeting was organized by the Coordinator (Utrecht University) in Utrecht, The Netherlands. All ISOTIS partner institutions were represented at the meeting and the consortium welcomed also five Advisory board members, the ISOTIS Ethics advisor and the […]

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ISOTIS releases literature reviews

ISOTIS recently released reviews on: • Inequality in various stages of the educational career: Patterns and mechanisms – Literature review, by Jan Skopek, Herman Van de Werfhorst, Jesper Rözer, Henrik Daae Zachrisson, Thomas van Huizen Download the full report (pdf). • Parent and family focused support to increase educational equality – Central assumptions and core […]

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Meeting on data collection in the parent interview study (WP2)

On June 21st 2017, all ISOTIS partners involved in Work Package 2 (parent and child interview studies) held a data collection meeting in Leiden, the Netherlands. During this inspiring day, several topics on both the large-scale quantitative and in-depth qualitative parent interview study were discussed, which focuses on families’ resources, experiences, aspirations and support needs. […]

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Learning with Storypark

The ISOTIS project has the objective of designing collaborative online tools and apps for parents, classrooms and professionals involved in the lives of culturally and linguistically diverse families. On June 21st, 2017, in Leiden, the Netherlands, the ISOTIS team got valuable input from the presentation on Storypark by its CEO, Peter Dixon, who highlighted the […]

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The ISOTIS team met with experts

The ISOTIS team organized an expert meeting on June 22nd-23rd, hosted by the partner institution International Step by Step Association (ISSA) , which took place at the Child Rights Home, in Leiden, the Netherlands. Experts from different institutions and countries (meet them here) were invited to debate the following themes: profiling the target groups in […]

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Public Policy Exchange will hold a symposium on migrant integration (September 14th)

The symposium “Promoting migrant integration for a powerful, diverse and multicultural Europe” will be held by Public Policy Exchange on September 14th, in Brussels. According to Public Policy Exchange (see here), delegates will: “Assess the EU framework for migration and integration; Explore solutions for better integration of migrants at the EU, national and local levels; […]

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The European Commission launches a public consultation: EU legislation on legal migration (until September 18th)

The European Commission launches a public consultation on the European Union’s legislation on the legal migration of non-EU citizens (Fitness Check on EU legal migration legislation). It will run until 18 September 2017. As mentioned here “The current evaluation aims at assessing the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency and EU added value of the legislation; identifying […]

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The ISOTIS team is identifying promising approaches

The ISOTIS team is currently working on identifying promising approaches to family support, curriculum and pedagogy development, professional development, and inter-agency coordination. This work is being developed through research data-bases, the internet, and consultation of experts and literature. Based on these findings, the team will identify approaches to be discussed and reviewed more in-depth and […]

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New UNICEF report on Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries

UNICEF has recently published the Innocenti Report Card 14 Children in the Developed World: Building the Future – Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries. This Report Card offers an assessment of child well-being in the context of sustainable development across 41 countries of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic […]

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The European Commission launches a public consultation on the evaluation of the EU framework for Roma Integration

The European Commission launches the Public Consultation on the Evaluation of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020. It will run until October 25. As mentioned here “The aim of the consultation is to collect stakeholders’ views on the achievements and challenges faced during the years of implementation of the EU […]

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OECD publishes the report Education at a Glance 2017

The report Education at a Glance 2017: OECD Indicators was recently published, and it provides information on: the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; the access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools. The report covers all […]

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Meeting “Education and Interculturality: The case of Roma”, Greece

On April 5th, ISOTIS researcher Konstantinos Petrogiannis, from Hellenic Open University, Greece, presented the project goals, tasks and timeline at the meeting “Education and Interculturality: The case of Roma”. This event was organized by the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Attica, School Advisors of 62nd, 61st Region of Primary Education of Attica […]

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The ISOTIS team will interview parents about their children’s education and upbringing

The ISOTIS team is planning to interview parents on their experiences related to children’s education and upbringing (experiences with educational systems and support services, hopes and wishes for their children, resources and support needs). Interviews will be aimed at parents with a Turkish, North-African, Roma or native lower socio-economic background, who have children aged 3-6 […]

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New article: Early education and care is key to improve school readiness by Edward Melhuish

ISOTIS researcher Edward Melhuish (University of Oxford, England) is the author of the article “Early education and care is key to improve school readiness”, recently published in the Child and Family Blog. This article highlights that parental influence matters more, but investing in early education and care is a simpler way to secure improvements. The […]

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October 26: Webinar from the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative on the integration on early years services.

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative will conduct the webinar “Challenges and opportunities in integrating early years services: a spotlight on the workforce”. The objective is to discuss the conditions for interagency work from the perspective of those in a position of leadership in the early year’s workforce. ISOTIS researcher Jacqueline Barnes will be one of […]

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The ISOTIS team discusses the development of a Virtual Learning Environment

ISOTIS researchers addressing inclusive curricula in the classroom, family support and professional development in the scope of the project, met in Brno, Czech Republic, on October 26-27th, to discuss the development of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The aim of the VLE is to develop an interactive e-learning environment that can be used by parents, […]

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ISOTIS first annual meeting

The first annual ISOTIS meeting was held in the Free University of Berlin, on December 3rd-6th. Our team discussed the work that had been developed and future steps. We had the privilege of welcoming the members of the ISOTIS Advisory Board, Tove Mogstad Slinde (Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research), Ljiljana Vasić (Pomoc Deci; Eurochild), […]

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Third ISOTIS newsletter released

We are happy to present the 3rd ISOTIS Newsletter! This includes news about the project developments, participation in meetings, scientific events and workshops, and ISOTIS-related publications.   Check out the 3rd ISOTIS newsletter.    

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ISOTIS new report on educational inequalities by socioeconomic and migration background

ISOTIS releases the report “Inequalities in educational opportunities by socioeconomic and migration background: a comparative assessment across European societies”, authored by Jesper Rözer and Herman van de Werfhorst. The report addresses levels of socioeconomic and migration-related inequalities in students’ (and young adults’) performance on mathematics, literacy and science, for a large number of countries, time […]

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Book on childcare, early education and social inequality includes contributions from ISOTIS researchers

The book “Childcare, early education and social inequality: an international perspective”, published by Edward Elgar Publishing, includes contributions from ISOTIS researchers: Jan Skopek (also editor), Martine Broekhuizen, Paul Leseman, Thomas Moser, Pauline Slot, and Henrik D. Zachrisson. “Recognising that social change over recent decades has strengthened the need for early childhood education and care, this […]

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New ISOTIS report on professional development and models related to inclusiveness

ISOTIS releases the report “Inventory and analysis of professional development and models related to inclusiveness”, authored by Pauline Slot, Bodine Romijn and Olga Wysłowska. The report addresses European professional development initiatives that are either focused at the topic of cultural and linguistic diversity and inclusiveness, or that are considered promising regarding the approach used (i.e. […]

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New ISOTIS report on curriculum, pedagogy, and social climate interventions

ISOTIS has a new report: “Inventory and analysis of promising curriculum, pedagogy, and social climate interventions tackling inequalities” by Cecília Aguiar, Carla Sofia Silva, Rita Guerra, Ricardo Borges Rodrigues, Luísa Ribeiro, Giulia Pastori and the ISOTIS curriculum and pedagogy team. “In this report, we identify, describe, and critically analyse promising interventions used in eight European […]

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The ISOTIS team met to discuss project developments: VLE, promising educational practices and parent interviews

Between the 7th and 9th of March, the ISOTIS team met in the Utrecht University. In the first day, the team discussed the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) proposed in the scope of the project. The team focused on how to develop its content in order to support multilingualism, enhance parent-school partnerships and promote inclusiveness in […]

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ISOTIS researcher Edward Melhuish in the UK Parliament

On March 20th, ISOTIS researcher Edward Melhuish (University of Oxford) participated in a meeting of the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee, on evidence-based early years intervention. He highlighted the importance of investing in early years, and addressed his review of the Sure Start programme. Edward Melhuish also presented ISOTIS. Watch the footage of the […]

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New article on continuous professional development

ISOTIS researchers Chiara Bove, Olga Wysłowska, Susanna Mantovani and Małgorzata Karwowska‐Struczyk, and colleagues, published the following article in the European Journal of Education: “How does innovative continuous professional development (CPD) operate in the ECEC sector? Insights from a cross-analysis of cases in Denmark, Italy and Poland”. According to the abstract: “This article offers insights into […]

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New OECD publication on quality in early childhood education and care

“Engaging young children: Lessons from research about quality in early childhood education and care” is a new OECD publication. It addresses different dimensions of quality in early childhood education and care (ECEC). As stated here: “It draws lessons from a cross-national literature review and meta-analysis of the relationship between early childhood education and care structure […]

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New article on selectivity of migration and educational disadvantages

“Selectivity of migration and the educational disadvantages of second-generation immigrants in ten host societies” is a recently published article by ISOTIS researcher Herman van de Werfhorst and colleague Anthony Heath in the European Journal of Population1. According to the abstract of the article: “Selectivity of migration varies significantly between ethnic/origin country groups, and between the […]

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Article on evaluation of a nurse-led group support for mothers

“Randomized controlled trial and economic evaluation of nurse-led group support for young mothers during pregnancy and the first year postpartum versus usual care” is an article published in Trials, authored by ISOTIS researchers Jacqueline Barnes, Edward Melhuish and colleagues. This article focused on the evaluation of the new intervention Group Family Nurse Partnership (gFNP), aimed […]

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Article on practices for supporting migrant mothers in Milan

“Mother-led integration: Discussion on two best practices in Milan for supporting migrant parenting on the female side” is the topic of the recently released paper authored by ISOTIS researcher Alessandra Mussi (University of Milano-Bicocca), published in the journal Formazione, Lavoro, Persona. This paper analyses the characteristics and importance of programs that support migrant motherhood as […]

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Children in a Digital World by UNICEF

“The state of the world’s children 2017: Children in a digital world” is a recently released publication by UNICEF. It highlights that digital tools can offer children from diverse backgrounds opportunities to learn, socialize and make their voices heard. Read more about this publication. ISOTIS is working on a Virtual Learning Environment accessible for children, […]

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Eating behaviors of children: Social inequities and the role of parental self-efficacy

Eating behaviors of toddlers and young children: Social inequities and the mediating role of parental self-efficacy (Gesundheitsverhalten von Kleinkindern: Soziale Ungleichheit und die Bedeutung der elterlichen Selbstwirksamkeitserwartung) is an article authored by ISOTIS researchers Franziska Wilke and Yvonne Anders (Free University of Berlin), and colleagues. It is published in the journal Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung. “Results […]

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Inclusive curricula and educational practices: Presenting ISOTIS work at the ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

Our colleague Cecília Aguiar (ISCTE) presented the work developed by the ISOTIS Curriculum and Pedagogy team at the CED Talks, ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, on January 12. The presentation addressed the analyses on inclusive curriculum, pedagogy, and school climate interventions, aiming to describe key features and conditions for success, both in early childhood education and […]

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What characterizes promising professional development interventions related to inclusiveness?

Author: Pauline Slot In view of life-long learning there is a lot of attention for on-going and continuous professional development (PD) that can contribute to changing professionals’ competences and behaviour. For the current purpose, professionals include a wide range of practitioners working with children and families, such as teachers, social workers, paraprofessionals and volunteers, in […]

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Tackling child poverty and social exclusion in the EU

Tackling child poverty and social exclusion in the EU – How EU funding mechanisms can help” is a paper prepared for the European Platform for Investing in Children. It addresses European Union programmes and funds available to fight poverty among children and promote their social inclusion and general well-being. The CARE project (European Union 7th […]

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Biographical Research in the UK

We already interviewed almost 3000 parents across Europe on their experiences related to children’s education and upbringing! We are also conducting in-depth interviews with some of the participating parents to elaborate on these topics. Information collected via these in-depth interviews will be analysed using elements of the biographical method. “Biographical Research in the UK: Profiles […]

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Conference of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Early Childhood Educators (Πανελλήνιος Σύνδεσμος Βρεφονηπιαγωγών)

ISOTIS researchers Konstantinos Petrogiannis (Hellenic Open University), Paul Leseman (Utrecht University) and Giulia Pastori (University of Milano-Bicocca) participated in the conference of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Early Childhood Educators (Πανελλήνιος Σύνδεσμος Βρεφονηπιαγωγών – PASYBN), on March 2nd-4th, in Thessaloniki, Greece. The conference theme focused on the reexamination of the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) […]

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Nieuwe video: Interview studie gericht op moeders met een Marokkaanse of Turkse achtergrond in Nederland

Martine Broekhuizen (Universiteit Utrecht) vertelt over de doelen van de interview studie gericht op moeders met een Marokkaanse of Turkse achtergrond in Nederland. Onderwerpen die worden bevraagd zijn moeders’ ervaringen met het onderwijs- en zorgsysteem, hun verwachtingen en wensen voor hun kinderen, en hun hulpbronnen en ondersteuningsbehoeften. ENG: Martine Broekhuizen (Utrecht University) presents the goals […]

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Impact of social origin on educational achievement in Germany

“The social stratification of skills from infancy to adolescence – Evidence from an accelerated longitudinal design” is the title of the paper by ISOTIS researchers Giampiero Passaretta and Jan Skopek (Trinity College Dublin), presented at the II Convegno SISEC (Società Italiana di Sociologia Economica), in Milano, on January 26th. According to the abstract: “This paper […]

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ISOTIS team meeting: The study of educational inequalities during the life course

On May 31st, the ISOTIS team addressing patterns and mechanisms regarding inequalities in educational careers met in Dublin. During this interdisciplinary meeting, our colleagues discussed which measurement and method to use to study how inequalities develop during the life course. They also discussed which policies could potentially tackle (the growing) inequalities.               […]

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ISOTIS Workshop: Analyzing information from interviews with mothers

The workshop “ISOTIS WP2 Qualitative Study: coding and analytical strategies: mothers from low income families without immigrant background” took place at the Department of Education of University of Oxford (OU), on 23th-25th May 2018. The workshop was hosted by the OU ISOTIS team and the Department of Education of OU. Researchers from Poland, Portugal and […]

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Education Select Committee for newly launched Life Chances Inquiry

Professor Ted Melhuish (Professor of Human Development) gave oral evidence to the Education Committee on Tuesday 12 June to support a new inquiry – Life Chances Inquiry – examining the impact that early years education and social policy have on determining children’s life chances. The session, which was the first in the inquiry, focused on early years education […]

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New ISOTIS Newsletter released

We are happy to present the 4th ISOTIS Newsletter! We invite you to read about our new publications, meetings, and participation in events. Check out our study on educational opportunities by socioeconomic and migration background, and our inventories on potentially effective approaches to tackle inequalities and to increase inclusiveness in education and society. These can […]

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New ISOTIS publication: Good practice in interagency working with children and their families

ISOTIS releases a new publication on inter-agency working with young children and their families, by Jacqueline Barnes and colleagues. The title of this publication is: Comprehensive review of the literature on inter-agency working with young children, incorporating findings from case studies of good practice in interagency working with young children and their families within Europe. […]

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ISOTIS researchers from the Freie Universität Berlin at the GEBF conference (GEBF-Tagung 2018)

ISOTIS researchers from the Free University of Berlin conducted presentations at the 6th annual conference of the Association of Empirical Educational Research (GEBF), in Basel, on February 15-16th. Read the abstracts (in German). Yvonne Anders and colleagues focused on different perspectives of educational professionals on language development and related pedagogy (p.236). Theresia Hummel and Yvonne […]

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Article: Effects of home and preschool environments on language development

“Differential effects of home and preschool learning environments on early language development” is an article by  ISOTIS researcher Yvonne Anders (Free University of Berlin) and colleagues, published in the British Educational Research Journal. The study focuses on the effects of both home and preschool learning environments on children’s grammatical and vocabulary development. It is based […]

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New ISOTIS publication: Promising practices in family support programs

ISOTIS releases the “Inventory and analysis of promising and evidence-based parent- and family focused support programs”, edited by Joana Cadima, Gil Nata, Maria Evangelou and Yvonne Anders. It provides social context indicators on family support for the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Portugal. The country profiles focus on child and family services, country policies […]

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Yeni video: Anket çalışması (Türkçe)

Ayça Alaylı (Utrecht Üniversitesi) ailelerin çocuk yetiştirme tecrübeleri ve çocuklarının eğitim hayatları hakkındaki anne babalara yönelik olarak yapılan anket çalışmasının amaçlarını anlatıyor. Ankette yer alan başlıca konular, anne-babaların eğitim sistemi ve destek servisleri ile olan tecrübelerini, çocukları için dilek ve temennilerini ve kaynak ve destek ihtiyaçlarını kapsıyor. ENG: Ayça Alayli (Utrecht University) presents, in Turkish, […]

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Meet the knowledge hub of the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative created the section “Knowledge hub” in its website. It provides easy access to resources related to Early Childhood Development, from all parts of the world. It is filled with tools, promising practices, research studies and more. Visit the Knowledge hub: http://earlychildhoodworkforce.org/knowledge-hub

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Newsletter agora disponível em Português (Newsletter now available in Portuguese)

A última Newsletter do ISOTIS encontra-se agora disponível em português. Descubra-a aqui: http://www.isotis.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/ISOTIS-Newsletter-May-2018_PT.pdf Nesta Newsletter verá um resumo das atividades e publicações desenvolvidas pela nossa equipa durante os primeiros meses de 2018. Conheça o nosso estudo sobre oportunidades educacionais atendendo ao contexto económico e ao background migrante. Descubra os nossos inventários sobre abordagens potencialmente eficazes […]

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TOY for Inclusion toolkit

How to create inclusive play spaces? The “TOY for Inclusion toolkit” provides information to enable trainers and practitioners to set-up and run play spaces for children, families and communities. It pays attention to social integration, intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, and social inclusion in the context of Early Childhood Education and Care. ISOTIS researcher Stanislav Daniel […]

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Το τελευταίο ενημερωτικό δελτίο ISOTIS είναι πλέον διαθέσιμο στα Ελληνικά

Το τελευταίο ενημερωτικό δελτίο ISOTIS είναι πλέον διαθέσιμο στα Ελληνικά. Μπορείτε να το διαβάσετε εδώ: http://www.isotis.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/ISOTIS-May-2018_Gr.pdf 

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Thank you to all our interviewers

We interviewed around 3700 parents across Europe! We have been asking parents with a Turkish, Moroccan, Romani or lower-SES native background about their children education and upbringing. We have received positive reactions from our informants. This is possible thanks to the great work conducted by the teams of interviewers in the participating countries: Czech Republic, […]

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New literature review on structural characteristics and process quality in ECEC

“Structural characteristics and process quality in early childhood education and care: A literature review” is the title of a OECD Education Working Paper, authored by ISOTIS researcher Pauline Slot (Utrecht University). According to the abstract: “This literature review investigated relations between structural characteristics and process quality in centre and family daycare provisions for children from […]

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How digital technology is used by young children today?

“Young Children (0-8) and digital technology – A qualitative study across Europe” is a recent report by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s in-house science service. It presents the results of a qualitative study made over seventeen countries exploring how children between 0-8 years old engage with digital technologies, how far parents mediate this engagement and their […]

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The ISOTIS team discussed the development of the Virtual Learning Environment

The ISOTIS team met on June 26-27th, in the University of Milano-Bicocca, to discuss the development of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) proposed in the scope of the project. The aim of the VLE is to develop an interactive e-learning environment that can be used by children, parents, teachers and other professionals to support multilingualism, […]

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Presentation on the contribute of partnerships for the development of projects in the field of inclusive education

ISOTIS researchers Joana Guerra and Catarina Leitão (University of Coimbra) presented “The contribute of partnerships for the conceptualization and execution of community intervention projects in the field of inclusive education. Examples in the scope of the Escolhas program in Portugal”, at the 2nd Congresso Internacional de Redes Sociais, on June 7. The goal of this […]

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Do children benefit from universal Early Childhood Education and Care?

A new study by ISOTIS researcher Thomas van Huizen (Utrecht University) and colleague Janneke Plantenga examines the effects of universal Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) on child development and children’s later life outcomes. The researchers analysed the findings from 30 studies conducted between 2005 and 2017. They found that: – Age of enrollment is not a […]

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Urban spaces to support parents – New study by ISSA

The environments in which children and embedded can influence to a great extent their access to services, and the quality of these services. A comparative study of “Urban Spaces to Support Parents” was developed by ISOTIS partner International Step by Step Association (ISSA). The main goal was to identify social facilities that have the potential to […]

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Shaping environments for motor development – International conference

The Utrecht University, the Netherlands, will host the international conference: “Shaping environments for motor development”, on September 10-11. The following themes will be addressed: MOTOR DEVELOPMENT IN DIVERSE CULTURAL CONTEXTS – RESULTS OF A CROSS-CULTURAL PROJECT Keynote by Osnat Atun-Einy | Ora Oudgenoeg-Paz | Saskia van Schaik DEVELOPMENT CASCADES: ACTIVE INFANTS IN A RESPONSIVE WORLD […]

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Online course – The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development

We are happy to share the launching of the free online course “The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development”, from the SDG Academy. The course starts on September 24, 2018, and has a length of 8 weeks. The course will address questions such as: What does a successful early childhood care […]

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Portugal: Process quality in preschool classrooms serving children at-risk and with disabilities

What does quality ECEC look like for centres serving children at-risk of poverty, social exclusion and children with disabilities? ISOTIS and CARE researchers Joana Cadima, Cecília Aguiar and Clara Barata examined the complex interplay of structural features and interactions between staff and children in Portuguese centres serving these populations. The title of the paper is: […]

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Educational Inequality Conference held at the University of Amsterdam

ISOTIS researchers Herman van de Werfhorst and Jesper Rözer, both from the University of Amsterdam, integrated the team that organized the Educational Inequality Conference, held on 5-6th July. The team aimed to integrate studies that focus on mechanisms that explain how inequalities are created (e.g. in families, or in schools), and studies that focus on […]

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Presentation on the experiences of parents with Turkish immigrant background

ISOTIS researcher Hande Erdem (Freie Universität Berlin) presented part of her PhD project “Intersection of Ethno-cultural and Class based Identities in Educational Contexts: The Case of Turkish Immigrant Background Parents in Germany” at the Migration Conference, hosted by the University of Lisbon, on June 26. Visit the conference website This study is being developed by […]

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ISOTIS presentato nella newsletter del progetto Mamme a Scuola

We are happy to see ISOTIS presented in the newsletter of the Mamme a Scuola project, in Italy. This is a project within neighborhood schools that involves immigrant women, their children and the scholastic realities that welcome them. Check out the newsletters here: – April – February Visit the project webpage IT: ISOTIS è presentato […]

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ISOTIS Newsletter w języku polskim

Najnowszy Newsletter projektu ISOTIS jest już dostępny w języku Polskim. Do pobrania tu: NEWSLETTER ISOTIS – MAJ 2018

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Promising educational practices to tackle inequalities/Práticas educativas promissoras para combater desigualdades

ISOTIS developed an inventory of promising curriculum, pedagogy, and social climate interventions tackling inequalities in centre-based early childhood education settings and primary schools. The interventions selected aim to promote educational equality and belongingness for immigrant, Roma, and low-income children. The countries included are the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Portugal. A […]

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The experience of migrant Arab mothers in Italy

ISOTIS interviewed Arab mothers living in Milan about their parenting experiences. Researcher Alessandra Mussi (University of Milano Bicocca) addressed this work at the ESREA conference ‘Building solidarities for anti-racist adult education’, on June 15. The title of the article presented is “Arab migration and parenting: the experience of Arab migrant women in Italy”. According to […]

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ISOTIS team in the 2018 conference of EARLI – SIG5

ISOTIS researchers participated in the 2018 conference of the Special Interest Group on “Learning and Development in Early Childhood” (SIG 5) of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instructions (EARLI). The theme of the conference was “ECEC 2.0: Future Challenges for Early Childhood Education and Care”. Researchers were invited to discuss effects of […]

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How do educational achievements relate to socioeconomic and migration background?

Author: Jesper Rözer Achievements in mathematics, science, and literacy skills are related to educational attainment and success on the labor market, resulting, for instance, in more desirable jobs and higher wages later in life. Yet, we know that the education of one’s parents as well as whether one’s parents or oneself is born in the […]

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Happy World Teachers Day!

Today we celebrate the commitment of teachers and educators! Quality education for all learners entails effective training and support for teachers and educators. ISOTIS aims to contribute to the professionalization of staff, centres and schools to improve quality and inclusiveness. Read the ISOTIS publications on professional and organizational development: – The role of professionals in […]

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Germany: How do socially-determined gaps in achievement develop over time?

When do socially-determined gaps in cognitive achievement emerge, how large are they before children enter school, and how do they develop over schooling? These questions are addressed by ISOTIS researchers Jan Skopek and Giampiero Passaretta in the recent article “The social stratification of skills from infancy to adolescence – Evidence from an accelerated longitudinal design”. The […]

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ISOTIS team at the ESA RN03 Conference in Łódź

The ISOTIS team participated in the mid-term conference of the European Sociological Association Research Network 03 (RN03) ‘Biographical Perspectives on European Societies’, in Łódź, Poland, on September 17-18. The theme of the conference was “Theoretical and empirical reflections on social disorganisation and “otherness” in modern European societies: Following the biographical and discursive approach of Thomas […]

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ISOTIS Newsletter released

We are delighted to share our newsletter from October! Click here to read the newsletter We invite you to read about preliminary results from our interviews aimed at parents. These results seem to indicate that diverse families live in two realities: one is the everyday life, and the other is the public media discourse. Also, […]

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ISOTIS researcher met with Sri Lanka government representatives

Professor Edward Melhuish has advised a number of countries on their early childhood policies, most recently Sri Lanka. Earlier this year, he made a presentation and held a series of discussions with Sri Lankan government officials on the long-term benefits of high quality early childhood education.  Sri Lanka subsequently boosted funding for early childhood education. […]

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Inclusion in Europe: Two realities?

PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE INTERVIEW STUDY AMONG PARENTS IN TEN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES The ISOTIS team interviewed parents with a Turkish, North-African, Romani and native low-income background about their views and experiences related to children’s education. These interviews were conducted in the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Portugal. Preliminary […]

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Conference on Cultural Diversity, Migration and Education

ISOTIS participated in the invited symposium Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom at the conference on Cultural Diversity, Migration and Education, organized in Potsdam, Germany, on August 23rd – 25th. The aim of the conference was to better understand how cultural diversity and issues related to migration are potential resources that contribute to children’s positive educational […]

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Romani Early Years Network: Willing to speak Romani?

“Willing to speak Romani?” is the title of the article by ISOTIS researcher Stanislav Daniel (ISSA) on the Romani Early Years Network website. Our colleague highlights that the acceptance of the Romani language is crucial to embrace diversity in today’s open society. The Romani language is part of cultural heritage and cultural wealth of the world. However, using this language […]

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Supporting multicultural and multilingual education through a virtual learning environment

A major new task has started: the design, implementation and evaluation of a virtual learning environment to support multicultural and multilingual education at home and in (pre)school. This tool will contribute to the development of the multi/intercultural competences of professionals. The ISOTIS Italian team has built a beautiful digital platform with multiple functionalities to support […]

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The European Commission releases the 2018 Education and Training Monitor

The Education and Training Monitor is a European Commission publication that presents a yearly evaluation of education and training systems across Europe. It emphasizes priority themes and informs national education reform debates in EU Member States. According to the results showed in this publication, students with a migrant background on average report a slightly higher motivation to achieve […]

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Portugal: Development of a project to combat school dropout / Desenvolvimento de um projeto para combater o abandono escolar

ISOTIS researcher Cecília Aguiar (ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon) and colleague addressed the relevance of an Education Observatory in the characterization of the phenomenon of school dropout, at the kick off meeting of the project Plano Integrado e Inovador de Combate ao Insucesso Escolar da Lezíria do Tejo (PiiCiE LT), in Santarém, Portugal. This project […]

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Celebrating Universal Children’s Day

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th. It is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This […]

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UNESCO: Education systems need to enhance the inclusion of migrant and refugee children

UNESCO releases the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report, Migration, displacement and education. It highlights countries’ achievements and shortcomings in ensuring the right of migrant and refugee children to benefit from quality education. It also addresses major barriers these children still face to access an inclusive education. The report indicates that the number of migrant and refugee school-age […]

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‘Ik kan altijd terecht…’

door Melissa Be Bron: Early Years Blog – https://earlyyearsblog.nl/2018/11/23/431/ Als ik met dingen zit, loop ik gewoon naar de juf. Ja, tipjes vragen van ‘Hoe moet ik het thuis aanpakken? Kun je meer uitleggen?’. Ja echt, ik kan altijd terecht.. – Batoul, ouder van Dahbi (4 jaar). Interview studie ouders Dit is wat Batoul fijn […]

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Diversiteit en inclusie. Hoe zorg je ervoor dat ieder kind erbij hoort?

door Pauline Slot Bron: Early Years Blog – https://earlyyearsblog.nl/2018/10/26/hoe-zorg-je-ervoor-dat-ieder-kind-tot-zijn-recht-komt/ Het is maandagochtend. De kinderen druppelen langzaam de voorschool binnen. Emin en Enes duiken bij binnenkomst meteen de poppenhoek in. De meisjes zoeken elkaar altijd op en spelen graag samen.  Ze gaan dan helemaal op in hun fantasiespel en spreken daarbij wisselend Turks en Nederlands. Ze […]

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Sharing ISOTIS preliminary findings with Turkish mothers in the Netherlands / Hollanda’da anneler ile ISOTIS bulgularını paylaşma

The ISOTIS team interviewed parents of children with a Turkish, North-African, Romani and Native-born low-SES background about their views and experiences with educational systems and support services, and their experiences of integration and inclusiveness.  These interviews occurred in ten European countries: the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Portugal. […]

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2/3 children in Europe feel positive about migrants – says UNICEF-Eurochild survey “Europe Kids Want”

The ´Europe Kids Want´ online survey was launched in June this year by UNICEF and Eurochild. Nearly 14,000 children and young people from 23 countries participated giving responses to topics such as: school safety, climate change, family environment and online behavior. The first findings were released on November 20, the World Children’s Day. According to […]

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G20 reinforces the importance of Early Childhood Development

At the G20 summit in Argentina, the participating worlds’ leading economies agreed to prioritising Early Childhood Development. The G20 Leaders’ Declaration states: “We launch the G20 Initiative for Early Childhood Development and stand ready to join all stakeholders in enhancing quality and sustainably financed early childhood programs that consider the multidimensional approach of ECD as […]

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How to promote the cooperation between (pre-)school and parents?

ISOTIS researcher Melissa Be (Utrecht University) addresses the interviews with parents conducted by our team in the Early Years Blog. Melissa Be highlights that in the Netherlands, and many other countries, there is increasing attention regarding the cooperation between (pre-) school and parents, since it influences school performance, work attitude, social-emotional functioning and the well-being […]

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PhD Days 2018 – Working together for a phd

On the 10th and 11th of September, ISOTIS partner institution University of South-Eastern Norway held the event “PhD Days 2018 – Working together for a phd”, in collaboration with Oslo Metropolitan University. The purpose of the PhD Days was to bring together PhD students to learn about and discuss key challenges in educational research. The PhD Days included […]

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ISOTIS discussed promising parenting support programmes at the ESFR congress

ISOTIS researchers addressing promising parenting support programmes presented their studies at the 9th European Society on Family Relations (ESFR) congress. The team highlighted that despite many European countries have set up approaches to support families of young children, to promote the quality of the home learning environment and to strengthen preschool-parent partnership, understanding the key […]

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How to promote diverse children’s feeling of belonging in the preschool?

In the preschool, many groups have children from different cultural backgrounds or who speak a different language at home. To ensure that all children feel seen and heard, and that they belong to the group, ISOTIS researcher Pauline Slot (Utrecht University) presents recommendations on the Early Years Blog. Pauline Slot highlights that it is important […]

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Making family outreach a priority to tackle social inequalities in Europe

Authors: Sofia Guichard, Gil Nata, & Joana Cadima, University of Porto Ensuring outreach and making it a priority is one of the central recommendations of the recent inventory of proven or potentially effective approaches to family and parenting support in tackling social inequalities, developed by members of the ISOTIS teams from Czech Republic, England, Germany, […]

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ISOTIS Newsletter w języku polskim – Październik / ISOTIS Newsletter in Polish – October

Najnowszy Newsletter projektu ISOTIS jest już dostępny w języku Polskim. Do pobrania tu: NEWSLETTER ISOTIS – PAŹDZIERNIK 2018 http://www.isotis.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ISOTIS-Newsletter-October-2018_PL.pdf The latest ISOTIS Newsletter is now available in Polish. Download it via the link above.

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Veilig opgroeien in de wijk

door Charlotte Meijers en Martine Broekhuizen “Ik zou zo graag willen dat onze buurt veilig wordt, zodat ik niet meer bang ben om mijn kinderen alleen buiten te laten spelen. Ik hoop hier echt op, begrijp je?” – Nadia, moeder van Samy (5), Farah (13) en Abdel (15)* Onveilige wijk Dit is wat Nadia verlangt voor […]

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New ISOTIS study: Parental involvement in reading activities in diverse families

Reading activities involving both children and parents can have a positive effect on young children’s literacy development and achievement. However, few studies focusing on reading activities in culturally diverse families are known. In a recent study conducted in the scope of ISOTIS, in Portugal, Roma families and non-Roma families experiencing financial hardship, with 3 to […]

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New ISOTIS report: Roots and development of achievement gaps

The early years of life, before entering school, are formative for patterns of inequality in educational achievement between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds, and between children with and without a migration background. Therefore, providing support before school age to children from families with less economical and educational resources, and to children who or their parents were […]

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Parents share their experiences about neighborhood safety

Our team interviewed parents and asked them about the experience of raising their children in the neighborhood where they live. ISOTIS researchers Charlotte Meijers and Martine Broekhuizen (Utrecht University) tell us about the experiences shared by parents with a Turkish or Moroccan background living in the Netherlands, in Utrecht or Rotterdam, in this new blog post […]

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How to promote children’s ability to control their behavior and emotions?

Children’s ability to control their behavior and emotions, often referred as self-regulation, is relevant for later success throughout school and life. ISOTIS researcher Edward Melhuish (Oxford University) tells us about how to promote young children’s self regulation. Find out by watching this video by Storypark:

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New educational blog launched: the EarlyYearsBlog.eu

The EarlyYearsBlog.eu is a new educational blog. It aims to help early childhood education professionals innovate their pedagogical practices and promote the inclusion of all children. Teachers, educators, caregivers, policy makers, and researchers can find topics related to high–quality practices in education, diversity and multilingualism. The blog is an initiative in the scope of Erasmus+ […]

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New ISOTIS report: Interviews with parents

The interviews with parents conducted by our team are now documented in a new report, available here. Parents with a Romani, Turkish, North-African, and native low-income background were asked about their views and experiences with educational and support services, and experiences of integration and inclusiveness. The interviews were conducted in ten European countries: the Czech Republic, […]

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Norway: Scale-up of universal ECEC led to improved children’s language skills

Norway scaled up universal Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) from age 1. The consequences of Norway universal ECEC scale-up for children’s early language skills were investigated by ISOTIS researcher Henrik Daae Zachrisson (University of Oslo) and colleagues. The focus on early language skills was driven by evidence that differences in early language help explain […]

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International Mother Language Day / Journée internationale de la langue maternelle

The International Mother Language Day is celebrated tomorrow, on February 21! The overall objective is to promote linguistic diversity and multilingual education. Globally, 40% of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand, according to information provided by UNESCO (read here). ISOTIS aims to support culturally and linguistically diverse […]

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New video on coordinating services for children and families

The coordination of services for children and families can promote equality and inclusiveness. ISOTIS researcher Jacqueline Barnes (University of Oxford) explains how the coordination of services can make a difference in the lives of culturally and linguistically diverse children and families. The researcher also tells us about factors that can facilitate successful practices in this […]

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ISOTIS report highlights the importance of trusting relationships in programmes focused on family and parenting support

ISOTIS releases a new report of promising or successful programmes focused on family and parenting support. Our team studied programmes implemented in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Portugal. The goal was to shed light on how these programmes overcomed existing challenges, and ensured high outreach and process quality. According to the report, one of the […]

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