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Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society (ISOTIS)

ISOTIS addresses the nature, causes and impact of early emerging social and educational inequalities in the context of socioeconomic, cultural and institutional processes (Photo:

About the project

The aim of the project is to contribute to effective policy and practice development to combat inequalities. Quasi-panels and pooled longitudinal datasets will be used to examine the variation in early educational gaps and developmental trajectories across countries, systems and time. To disentangle the complex interactions between characteristics of systems and target groups, ISOTIS will study significant immigrant, indigenous ethnic-cultural and low-income native groups, associated with persistent educational disadvantages. ISOTIS will examine current resources, experiences, aspirations, needs and well-being of children and parents in these groups in the context of acculturation and integration, and in relation to local and national policies.

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ISOTIS aims to contribute to effective policy and practice development by generating recommendations and concrete tools for

  1. Supporting disadvantaged families and communities in using their own cultural and linguistic resources to create safe and stimulating home environments for their children
  2. Creating effective and inclusive pedagogies in early childhood education and care centres and primary schools
  3. Professionalization of staff, centres and schools to improve quality and inclusiveness
  4. Establishing inter-agency coordination of support services to children and families
  5. Developing policies to combat educational inequalities.

ISOTIS will develop inter-linked programmes for parents, classrooms and professionals using Virtual Learning Environments for working in linguistically diverse contexts.

All this work together is expected to support the education practice and policy field in Europe in meeting the challenges of reducing social and educational inequalities.


Results will be updated when the project is finished.


ISOTIS is a collaborative project, funded by the European Union, that includes 17 partners from 11 countries. The project started on January 2017, and will be running until December 2019. The central goal of the project is to combat inequalities and increase inclusiveness, and the theoretical framework on which ISOTIS bases its core, is the Bronfenbrenner´s bio-ecological model of personal development. The main strategy of the project is comparative research; comparisons using existing cross-sectional and longitudinal data bases, as well as new data, from the participating countries.


The ISOTIS project is divided into eight extensive work packages:

  • Work Package 1 - Inequality in Educational Careers

Focuses on the macro-level f educational systems and educational policy

  • Work Package 2 - Interviews with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

In-depth interview studies with culturally and linguistically diverse children and families across Europe

  • Work Package 3 - Family Support to Increase Educational Equality

Focus on family support and home-based education program to create nurturing home environments

  • Work Package 4 - Inclusive Curricula and Educational Practices

Focus on curriculum and pedagogy development to increase effectiveness and inclusiveness

  • Work Package 5 - Development of Professionals and Organisations

Innovative strategies of professional development in childhood education and care

  • Work Package 6 - Interagency Coordination of Services for Children and Families

Service-coordination as a factor in combating inequality and exclusion.

  • Work Package 7 - Dissemination, and Communication
  • Work Package 8 - Project Management


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 727069.


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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 and Thomas van Huizen, February 2017,

Inequalities in educational opportunities by socioeconomic and migration background: A comparative assessment across European sociaties, by Jesper Rözer and Herman van de Werfhorst December 2017,

Inter-agency coordination of services for children and families – Initial literature review by Jacqueline Barnes, Edward Melhuish, Joana Carla Guerra, Malgorzata Karwowska-Struczyk, Konstantinos Petrogiannis, Olga Wyslowska and Henrik Daae Zachrisson February 2017,

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Project Leaders:

Project leader ISOTIS

Paul Leseman, Universitetet i Utrecht

Leader for the University of Oslo part of the project:

Henrik Daae Zachrisson, CEMO


  • Henrik Daae Zachrisson
  • Luisa Jacinta Feio Antunes Ribeiro
  • Frida Karine Feyer
  • Cathrine Myhre
  • Helga Norheim
  • Thomas Moser
  • Bodine Romijn
  • Martine Broekhuizen
  • Melissa Siu Ying Be
  • Paul Leseman (Coordinator)
  • Pauline Slot
  • Ryanne Francot
  • Thomas Van Huizen
  • Edward Melhuish
  • Jacqueline Barnes
  • Katharina Ereky-Stevens
  • Lyudmila Nurse
  • Maria Evangelou
  • Pinar Kolancali
  • Rebecca Tracz
  • Andrea Forster
  • Herman Van de Werfhorst
  • Jesper Jelle Rözer
  • Lotte Scheeren
  • Nigel Kragten
  • Thijs Bol
  • Thomas Leopold
  • Giampiero Passaretta
  • Jan Skopek
  • Elisabeth Resa
  • Franziska Wilke
  • Hande Erdem
  • Hannah Ulferts
  • Katrin M. Wolf
  • Mareike Trauernicht
  • Theresia Hummel
  • Yvonne Anders
  • Alessandra Mussi
  • Alice Sarcinelli
  • Andrea Mangiatordi
  • Caterina Falcone
  • Chiara Bove
  • Fabrizia Mantovani
  • Giorgio Vittadini
  • Giulia Pastori
  • Paolo Maria Ferri
  • Pietro Giorgio Lovaglio
  • Silvia Cescato
  • Silvia Pozzi
  • Stefano Moriggi
  • Stefano Verzillo
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