Re-mapping’s key objectives
The project’s key objective is to “put on the map” an unidentified form of hidden curriculum, lying on students’ “representational spaces” (as described above) believed to affect their educational trajectories and career choices. The content of this research proposal is summarized by the following three research objectives, each covered within one work package (WP):
- To explore the relation between students’ representational spaces and a) the existing categories of the state of the art, such as attitude towards school and learning, school engagement, self-concept & self-beliefs, b) the perception of future & time & c) the propensity to dropout and to under-achieve (WP4).
- To explore national white documents under the lens of the research hypothesis to investigate a) how each Member State has processed EU & global space in their education policy documents, and b) if the official discourse has an impact on students’ representational spaces (WP5).
- To test the research hypothesis and to explore if changing students’ representational spaces (re-mapping) involves changes in the dimensions mentioned in WP4 (WP6).
These objectives will contribute to the better understanding of how the complex issues of Early School Leaving (ESL) and school performance are affected by the emerging dynamics of globalization in an era of instability and to cast light on epistemologies that lie in the shadows of the existing conceptual categories.