DOCA: Estrategias de Apoyo a Centro y Profesores para favorecer la inclusión social

Eleven top-experts will be members of the project’s reference group. The reference group will act as the project’s quality adviser and as its quality controller, if necessary. So, the reference group will guarantee the scientific quality of the study, following internal review procedures for the proposal, the methods and instruments, interim reports, reports and recommendations. The reference group includes most excellent scientific experts in the requested fields. Nine of them will be both a member of the reference group and national team leader. Two of them are distinguished ‘outsiders’. One of them, Ramon Flecha holds a key position in Includ-ed, which is the Integrated Project of the DG Research Framework Programme 6 on Strategies for Inclusion and Social Cohesion in Europe from Education. This 5-years research project that started last year is showing considerable overlap with the aims of the present call and bid. The other distinguished ‘outsider’ is Prof. Jaap Dronkers, who is professor of education and stratification at the European Interuniversity Institute in Fiesole.

The further members of the reference group and leaders of the national teams are:

1. France: Prof. Danielle Zay, Emeritus Professor of educational sciences at University Charles de Gaule, Lille. Her recent research experience regards, among others, a comparative British-French study on inter-agency partnership for improving inclusion of young people "at risk" that will be incorporated in the French study.

2. Germany: Prof. Ingrid Gogolin, leader of the Institute for International Comparative and Intercultural Educational Research FABER at the University of Hamburg.

3. Hungary: Prof. Pál Támas, director of the Institute of Sociology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

4. Italy: Prof. Francesca Gobbo, University of Turin, professor of intercultural education, and the anthropology of education. Recently she has carried out and supervised three ethnographic case studies on good environments for schools that will be incorporated in the Italian study.

5. Poland: Prof. Michal Federowicz, head of the research group on interdisciplinary studies on education. The research group is part of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Federowicz is the leader of the Polish PISA study, i.e. the international comparative study of students’ achievements in science, reading and mathematics at the age of sixteen.

6. Slovenia: Prof. Albina Necak Lük, professor of applied linguistics at the University of Ljubljana, and Prof. Sonja Novak Lukanovic, scientific fellow at the Institute for Ethnic Studies, whose research records are focussed on bilingual education in mixed communities (see, among others: Necak-Lük, Muskens and Novak-Lukanovic 2000).

7. Spain: Prof. Mariano Fernández Enguita, University of Salamanca, professor of sociology and leader of CASUS, the Centre for Social Analysis. In his research he has paid special attention to the position of Roma children and immigrant children in Spanish education. These will be incorporated in the Spanish study.

8. Sweden: Dr. Elena Dingu Kyrklund, who is the leader of Kyrklund Consultancy and a member of the Centre for Immigration Research at Stockholm University.

9. UK: Prof. Jill Bourne, University of Southampton, professor of primary education whose educational research record includes research on e.g. educational policy, social inclusion, underachievement in relation to ethnicity (both concerning majority and minority groups), education for children in care, school management of harassment and bullying, and special educational needs.