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State of the art: literature review on telling digital stories (IO1)

The study lays the foundation for the ensuing development work of the My Story Map project. It sums up the results of national and transnational desk-based research activities.

This report is in part based on the methodology and work undertaken by the Erasmus Plus “Tell Your Story” Proj­ect. The research undertaken there has been updated by My Story Map for two different target groups, namely teachers and teacher training as well as in terms of including the latest articles, projects, initiatives and for several additional partner countries.


The report confirms that Early School Leavers are a non-homogeneous group. The youngsters with difficulties at school are mainly studying in a vocational high school rather than secondary schools. It confirms the main causes of dropping out are:

i) the school environment,

ii) pupil-related such as low levels of performance and family-re­lated like single parenthood.

This state of the art focuses on four key areas, firstly the current situation regarding prevention of, intervention against, and compensation of early leavers from education and training in the countries participating in the proj­ect (AT, BE, FR, SI, UK, IT) and in other European countries and at European level.


Secondly, the research examines some solutions and progress made within the strategic framework Education and Training 2020 and synthesizes the present state of research on the potential for story-telling and digital story mapping to engage young people at risk (Marta, 2015).

Thirdly, the report introduces teaching and training opportunities in the partner countries, specific to the project target groups.


Finally, the report explores policies at different scales, strategies for engagement, the reported use of tools, peda­gogical approaches, success stories and concludes with recommendations that influence the rest of the My Story Map project.


Click here to access the report! (In English)