Débora Poncelet (PhD) is Associate Professor in educational science and psychology within the Department of Education and Social Work at the University of Luxembourg.

Her research interests have mainly been focusing on family educational strategies and family-school-community relationships. She is particularly interested in the study of the effect of family-school relationships, parental involvement and home learning environment on students’ school perseverance process. The family context and educational attitudes of parents can be protective or risk factors of dropping out.

She is vice-head of the Bachelor Degree in Educational Sciences (BScE) and is responsible of the following courses in this programme : “Differentiation within classrooms”, “The professional development portfolio” and “The school-family-community relationship and intercultural mediation”.

She is representative for Luxembourg both within the « Association internationale de Formation et de Recherche en éducation Familiale » (AIFREF) and the “Laboratoire accrochage scolaire et alliances éducatives” (Lasalé).

Research interests
Parental Involvement
Educational Home Environment
Home-School-Community Partnership
School Dropout
Students School Perseverance
Professional Development Portfolio
Factors Influencing teaching Choice

Latest content Débora Poncelet took part in

Education & Social Work
FIT-Choice Project within the BScE: Factors Influencing Teaching Choice in Luxembourg
In Luxembourg’s multilingual school system, which serves a highly diverse student population, the fundamental school teacher can best be described as a “Generalist”. Consequently, the admissions process aims to identify and select qualified candidates for training into the teaching profession at the fundamental school level (pre-school and primary school levels), including the preparation track in general secondary school and special needs education.
Education & Social Work
Improving early numeracy competencies through compensatory and differentiated interventions at school and at home (MATHPLAY -> MATHBRIDGE)
A quasi-experimental study to support the Early Numeracy Competencies through a Play-based approach both in schools and at home.
Education & Social Work
Families and schools. Involvement of foreign families in schools (FAMILYSCHOOL)
Action research to support the integration of (newly arrived) foreign families in schools.

The Erasmus+ Project KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices, (specifically, KA201 – Strategic partnerships for schooling), from 2019 to 2021 (monitoring carried out until 2026), analysed, designed and evaluated innovations regarding the integration, communication and involvement of foreign-origin families in schools in Spain, Italy and Luxembourg.
Education & Social Work
CEEF project: an elementary school teachers large-scale mixed-methods study about their work and difficulties they face
On behalf of the Observatoire national de la qualité scolaire (ONQS), the Institute of Lifelong Learning and Guidance (LLLG) will conduct a mixed-methods study (large-scale survey and workshops) that aims to describe current main difficulties of the teaching profession in elementary schools and to examine the extent to which principles of the 2009 Law have been implemented in schools. The study will closely involve educational actors in the analysis and discussion of the data.