The Cities Project: Preparing urban youth for further study and careers. A comparative project in 13 cities around the world

Prosjektperiode: 01/01/2013 - 31/12/2017

Institusjon: NIFU STEP - Studier av innovasjon, forskning og utdanning

Prosjektleder: Eifred Markussen

Program: Norsk utd.forskn.2009-2018


The Cities Project: Preparing urban youth for further study and careers is a large comparative project including 13 cities in 12 OECD countries (in Canada, USA, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Scotland, Poland, Iceland, Australia and Norway). Th e study is designed and carried through by an international research network counting internationally renowned scholars. The approach is to study how the education systems in these cities are organized and the range of opportunities they provide. The desi gn facilitates follow ups, establishing the foundation for unique longitudinal data. The project will answer the following questions: a) To what extent is completion dependent on who you are, where you live, which school you attend and the education prog ram you selected? b) To what extent are attitudes towards society and economy dependent on your origin, place of residence, school and education program? And c) what are the schools and teachers doing to prevent drop-out, increase completion and affect th e students attitudes. The project is based on quantitative survey- and register data, and uses multi-level analysis to identify the impact of institutional and organizational factors on student attitudes and outcomes. The study is of high relevance to edu cational policy, authorities and schools.