PertenSer: avaliação de um projeto comunitário de promoção do sucesso escolar

Translated title of the contribution: PertenSer: assessment of a community based project aiming to promote school success

Filipe Martins, Alexandra Carneiro, Mafalda Santos, Raquel Matos, Sofia Mexia Alves

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Academic failure and school dropout are priority social problems which are not only related with individual and familial factors. PertenSer [to Belong] was a communitybased project designed to provide, to the most vulnerable youngsters, opportunities to develop personal, social, and professional competencies, strengthening their motivation to learn, as well as their confidence and ability to build life trajectories. 13 young people (14-18 years old) from 8th and 9th grades from an Integrated Program of Education and Training participated in the project. A qualitative assessment of the project focused on participant’s involvement in the project, changes in self-concept and personal and social development, in school involvement, and in the perspectives about their own future. Results show improvements in youth self-confidence, behaviour at school and in the relations with adults, the ability to design short and midterm life aims. The project also increased the valorisation and the motivation to school learning, which, in turn, contributed to the decrease of school dropout and to a greater success at school. The project’s success factors included its community approach involving different out-of-school actors and the supportive relationships established with professionals and teachers.
Translated title of the contributionPertenSer: assessment of a community based project aiming to promote school success
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)90-120
Number of pages31
JournalRevista Portuguesa de Investigação Educacional
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • School success
  • Educating community
  • School engagement
  • Personal and social development


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