Recent Articles

Meanings about school abandonment for teachers of youth and adult education in Chile and Spain




adult education, youth education, YAE, school abandonment, teachers, meanings


School abandonment (SA) is a complex process marked by inequality and exclusion and suffered by those who do not comply with learning expectations. Youth and adult education (YAE) takes in these people; however, this work is invisible, making it difficult to provide solutions and responses to the many challenges they face. In this regard, we find two countries that have lowered their SA figures, but do not have the political and economic recognition to support this work. In these settings, teachers could play a key role in reversing this phenomenon. The objective of this article is to understand meanings that YAE teachers in Chile and Spain hold about SA in order to elucidate approaches for action. Using a qualitative methodology and multiple case study, 25 interviews with YAE teachers were analyzed. Results from a systemic reading of SA indicates that when educational systems abandon students, a specific teacher group also suffers from SA and faces the phenomenon through bonding and accompaniment. These elements are consistent with a logic of care, critical literacy, and social justice that seeks to transform and improve education systems.


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biographies

Tabata Contreras-Villalobos, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso y Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Doctorado en Psicología de la Educación por la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, España. Becaria ANID, Magíster en Educación, mención Dirección y Liderazgo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Socióloga, Universidad de Playa Ancha. Temas de investigación se relacionan con el abandono escolar, la exclusión socioeducativa y las trayectorias educativas.

Verónica López, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Ph.D and Full Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, where she is Director of the Center for Research in Inclusive Education and of the Program for Support in School Climate (PACES-PUCV). Her research interests are school climate, school violence, and inclusive education.

José Luis Lalueza, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Profesor del Departamento de Psicología Básica, Evolutiva y de la Educación de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. IP del Grupo de Investigación en Desarrollo Humano, Intervención Social e Interculturalidad (DEHISI). Director de Proyectos Estratégicos del Servicio de Psicología y Logopedia de la UAB.



How to Cite

Contreras-Villalobos, T., López, V., & Lalueza, J. L. (2023). Meanings about school abandonment for teachers of youth and adult education in Chile and Spain. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 31.




Most read articles by the same author(s)