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Seminar Higher Education in Brazil: expansion, inclusion and permanence | May 16, 2023 – 2:30 PM | Room 2, CES | Alta


The seminar has as theme the Public Higher Education in Brazil, addressing in particular two issues: expansion and dropout. On the first aspect, it aims to make a regionalized analysis of the expansion  of the Federal Institutions of Higher Education in the territory with reference to the volume of enrollment and the profile of graduates. By publishing a detailed examination of the regional profile of in-person undergraduate students, we expect to demonstrate the significant contribution that this public policy of higher education has made to the process of social inclusion, research and professional training in Brazil.  Dropout will also be addressed, problematising the current use of definitions and measures to evaluate institutions. Such uses have often been aligned with a quantitative, fiscalist and with a markedly colonial perspective.


  • Expansion, inclusion and internalisation of Federal Institutions of Higher Education: an inconclusive project for Brazil | Eduardo Nunes Guimarães (Professor at the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Uberlândia, post-doctoral visiting researcher at CES)
  • When is dropout a problem? Reviewing public policies for higher education | Leonardo Barbosa e Silva (Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Federal University of Uberlândia, post-doctoral visiting researcher at CES)

This seminar is part of the activities of Op.Edu | Observatory for Education and Training Policies, in partnership with CC.EDU | Working Group on Citizen Science and Education

Roundtable | Anti-Opressive Education Practices | Coimbra CES Alta – Room 1 | November 8 | 10:00 AM-13:00 PM

It will take place on the November 8, in CES Alta – Room 1 – starting at 10:00 AM – the Roundtable Anti-Opressive Education Practices

This roundtable intends to promote a dialogue about teaching practices based on an anti-oppressive conception of education. It will be a space to debate pedagogical practices that challenge the hierarchies that maintain social inequalities through unequal power relations and that, therefore, seek to confront injustices that marginalize and harm individuals and social groups.

The roundtable will start with an initial presentation on some examples of anti-oppressive educational proposals developed in the context of a doctoral research project. Afterwards we will discuss the urgent need to expand and consolidate anti-oppressive educational practices in a more global context.

Additional information on this event can be found here

National Conference on Initial Training of Early Childhood Educators and Teachers | September 23, 2022 | Auditorium José Araújo | Lusófona University

The 1st National Conference on Initial Training of Early Childhood Educators and Teachers: Realities and Perspectives under Debate, organized by OP.Edu – Observatory for Education and Training Policies, ESEL – School of Education of IPLUSO and IE – Institute of Education of Lusófona University, will take place on September 23, 2022, at the José Araújo Auditorium of the Lusófona University, in Lisbon.

Confirmed keynote speakers

António Teodoro (Universidade Lusófona, Instituto de Educação)

Assunção Flores (Universidade do Minho, Instituto de Educação)

Carlos Ceia (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas)

Dalila Lino (Politécnico de Lisboa, Escola Superior de Educação)

Elizabete Eufémia (Associação Tempos Brilhantes)

Ernesto Candeias Martins (Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Escola Superior de Educação)

Joaquim Escola (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro)

Maria João Cardona (Instituto Politécnico de Santarém, Escola Superior de Educação)

Maria João Mogarro (Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto de Educação)

Sílvia Berény (OSMOPE – Organização Social do Movimento das Pontes Educativas)

Vítor Duarte Teodoro (Universidade Lusófona, Instituto de Educação)


09:30 | Opening session

10:30 | Panel 1: Access to the profession of early childhood educator and teacher

 11.30 | Coffee break

12.00| Panel 2: Study plans for initial training of early childhood educators and teachers: limits and necessary changes

13.00 | Lunch break

14.30 | Panel 3: Initiation to professional practice / supervised teaching practice: The role of institutions, early childhood educators and cooperating teachers

15.30 | Coffee break

16.00 | Panel 4: The clash with professional reality: Experiences of recently graduated early childhood educators and teachers

17:00 | Panel 5: Initial training of early childhood educators and teachers: Critical issues and opportunities

18.00 | Synthesis

 18:15 | Closure: A new social contract for the initial training of teachers and early childhood educators

Coordination of the Organising Committee: Clara Craveiro (OP. Edu, CeiED, ESEPF), Inês Vieira (OP. Edu – Permanent Team, CeiED), José Viegas Brás (IE-Universidade Lusófona, ESEL-IPLUSO, CeiED), Maria Neves Gonçalves (ESEL-IPLUSO, CeiED) e Teresa Teixeira Lopo (OP. Edu – Board of Directors, CeiED).

  Image credits: Unsplash  

Crossing research perspectives, thinking about the future


The OP.Edu – Observatory for Education and Training Policies, held on May 26, an international seminar, in hybrid format, under the theme Schools and Covid-19: cross research perspectives, think about the future, which had the presence of researchers from the French research units LIPHA – Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire d’Etude du Politique – Hannah Arendt (University of Paris-Est Créteil) and LACES – Laboratoire Cultures – Éducation – Sociétés (University of Bordeaux).

In the seminar, the findings of the project L’école au temps du Covid, funded in France by the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region, were presented by Filippo Pirone (LIPHA, University of Paris-Est Créteil), co-coordinator of the project with Régis Malet (LACES – University of Bordeaux) and by the researcher Keyla Santana (LACES – University of Bordeaux).

This project counted with the cooperation of researchers from CeiED and the OP.Edu team in data collection from directors, teachers and parents of Portuguese schools.

The researcher Ana Benavente outlined the results of the study Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Portuguese education system, carried out in 2020 by OP.Edu and coordinated by a mixed team from CES – Centro de Estudos Sociais (University of Coimbra)  and CeiED (Lusófona University), which included, in addition to the researcher Ana Benavente, researchers Paulo Peixoto and Rui Gomes.

The Seminar had the participation of the director of CeiED, António Teodoro, the co-directors of OP.Edu, Teresa Teixeira Lopo (CeiED) and Ana Maria Seixas (CES), and researchers from OP.Edu and CeiED involved in the initial and continuous training of school teachers.

The seminar allowed the definition of research axes to enhance international cooperation and the dimension of comparative analysis of national projects to develop on the challenges posed to the School in the post-pandemic, and the strengthening of the matrix of the research proposal that OP.Edu is currently preparing to submit for funding.

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