On September 23, 2022 took place the 1st National Conference on Initial Training of Childhood Educators and Teachers: Realities and Perspectives under Debate, open to a face-to-face and online audience and which brought together more than 200 participants.
The Conference, organised by OP.Edu – Observatory for Education and Training Policies, ESEL – School of Education of IPLUSO and IE – Institute of Education of Lusófona University, allowed for a informed and qualified debate and reflection around several themes, contrasting realities and perspectives, including the access to the profession, the study plans, and the initiation to the professional practice of childhood educators and teachers.
The Opening Session of the Conference included interventions from the Rector of the Lusófona University, Mário Caneva Moutinho, and from Teresa Teixeira Lopo and Ana Maria Seixas, co-directors of OP.Edu. This was followed by interventions, divided into several Panels, by António Teodoro, Director of CeiED – Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development and of the Institute of Education of Lusófona University, Assunção Flores, from the Institute of Education of the University of Minho, Carlos Ceia, from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the NOVA University, Dalila Lino, from the School of Education of the IPL – Polytechnic of Lisbon, Ernesto Candeias Martins, from the School of Education of the Castelo Branco Polytechnic Institute, Joaquim Escola, from the School of Human and Social Sciences of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Maria João Cardona, from the School of Education of the Santarém Polytechnic Institute, Maria João Mogarro, from the Institute of Education of the University of Lisbon and also Vítor Duarte Teodoro, from the Institute of Education of the Lusófona University.
Sílvia Berény, from OSMOPE – Social Organisation of the Movement of Educational Bridges, Elizabete Eufémia, from the Tempos Brilhantes Association and Conceição Ramos, from Maria Amália Vaz de Carvalho Secondary School, as well as former students Ana Lima and Leonor Teixeira da Rocha from the Master’s Degree in Pre-school Education and Primary School Teaching, and Viviana Rodrigues, from the Master’s degree in Teaching Visual Arts in the 3rd Cycle of Basic Education and Secondary Education, that spoke about their recent experiences of transition and entry into the teaching profession.
The presentations had the skilled moderation of CeiED and OP.Edu researchers Ana Paula Gomes, Arlinda Cabral, Clara Craveiro, Constança Vasconcelos, Inês Vieira, Isabel Sanches, João Filipe Matos, João Gouveia, Maria Neves Gonçalves, and Nuno Mantas.
In partnership with the António Sérgio Training Centre, this conference was certified as a Short Duration Training Action (ACD), under Order 5741/2015 of 29 May, for the purposes of progression in the teaching career of childhood educators, primary and secondary school teachers, and special education teachers.
The proposal presented by António Teodoro at the Closing Session – A new social contract for the initial training of teachers – will soon be made available for public view.
Confirmed keynote speakersAntónio 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
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.