2023-2024 / PEDA4022-1

Learning devices intended to fight against droupout and exclusion in teaching and training systems


25h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in education (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Ariane Baye

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Dropout may designate the fact of not being interested any more in the school work,  the fact of giving up school, or to leave the education system with a low level of qualification. Dropout is the outcome of a long cumulative process of disengagement which results from an interaction between school and socio-family factors. This process can take root in the very first contacts with the school.
During the lessons, factors occurring in the process of early school leaving at various stages of the schooling will be identified and put in connection with educational practices which can be exploited with the aim of reducing the early school leaving.

This year's practical work will focus on a predictor of dropping out, namely absenteeism. The aim will be to analyse the relationship between the families of young people who are absent from school for a long period of time and the school institution, to examine the pathways that can lead to this absenteeism, the reasons that families give to justify it and the possible obstacles and levers that they are confronted with in their daily lives. 


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Students will work the two following skill:
Describe, analyze, decode educational / training situations in context by referring to the conceptual frameworks from the field of science education.

  • Describe the elements of these situations, describe their context and explain their interactions at various levels of the system
  • Distinguish levels of analysis (individual, groupal, institutional ...).
  • Distinguish descriptive, interpretive and prescriptive discourses.
  •  Question these situations with reference to frameworks.
  • Incorporate in its analyzes various contexts with formative and educational issues as well as the age range affected by these issues.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

It is highly recommended to follow this course in the same year than the course YTRA9003-A or YTRA9002-A Mémoire, partim 1.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The theoretical course will be based on oral presentations supported by power points. Documentary resources will be put at the disposal of the students.
The theoretical courses will also provide an opportunity for dialogue between the academic world and professionals in the field who fight against absenteeism and dropping out on a daily basis (ASBL, AMO, anti-poverty network, etc.).

The practical work will be an opportunity to be initiated to conduct qualitative interviews and their analysis. They should allow students to decentralize themselves by analyzing potentially critical discourses about the school, while being introduced to the preparation, conduct and analysis of this type of data.
They will allow students to become familiar with the writing of an academic scientific paper written along the lines of a scientific article. Formative feedback is provided.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face. Practical sessions and meetings with pedagogical staff are mandatory.

It will no longer be possible to join the group teams once working groups are working (after October, 4th).


Recommended or required readings

Documentary resources and power pointswill be put at the disposal of the students on e-campus.

Written work / report

Additional information:

The course mark matches the note to TP report (the assessment criteria will be presented at and worked at the discussion tables).

Submission of the report on January 3rd, 2024.

Feedback on exams:
Wednesday, February 7 2024, between 13h30-15h30.
Registration required by February 1st at the latest. Contact the service via the address: aide@uliege.be


Date of the report in August : August, 16th 2024.


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The theoretical courses will take place on Wednesday, from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm (Portalis amphitheater, B31).

A mandatory metting with Softskills team will occur during the autumn break (October 23rd - November 3rd).



Pr. Ariane Baye
Service AIDE - aide@uliege.be

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