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R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Psicologia

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Psicologia da Universidade do Porto [PSY-Norte-Porto-50] visitada em 08/01/2008

Classificação: Very Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This unit has been reorganized by reducing the number of groups. From an outside perspective, the topics studied by some groups are such as allow a further reduction but the present groups are coherent in their functioning.
What is remarkable is the small number of students present (this was also true for other units). However, students do not have any dedicated space.
The eight research groups vary across the quality range, from 1 to 5. Three groups (2724, 2723, and 2732) do really fundamental work that is theoretically driven. Some other groups do good research with international publications, but two groups are really below the level of the others. What really distinguishes the very good and excellent groups is the quality of their intellectual leadership.
Ideally, we believe there is a case for restructuring the unit into fewer groups, at most six, but we are afraid that such a new structure, occurring so sooner after the last restructuring, would seriously disrupt the coherence of the groups and their interrelations. In the future the unit should even consider the possibility of merging with Unit 662, which has a single group within the present unit.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Attachment relationships and psychological development [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2710]
Career development and lifelong learning [RG-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2919]
Insufficient commitment to publication in international journals with ISI impact factors. This group is really in contrast with the rest of the unit.
Career development, personal mecanings and contextual/family influences [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2708]
Cognitive approach of organizational change [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2700]
Development of attachment in the premature infant [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2715]
Development Relational Contexts [RG-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2733]
Development: family and educational contexts [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2707]
Developmental, educational and clinical research on children and adolescents [RG-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2731]
This group combines research and intervention
Many, in fact too many Ph.D. students (half of them being sponsored).
Fair number of international publications.
Embodied approach to language: a multi-study analysis of different aspects of language use, from speech perceptions to text [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2717]
Experiencing the construction of change: theoretical and methodological contributions to a sustainable qualitative development of work activities based on workers' experience [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2711]
Family adaptations to normative and non-normative transitions [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2716]
Group status, group socialisation, normativeness and subjective group dynamics [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2709]
Language Research Group [RG-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2732]
Excellent group and leadership. Programmatic research. International publications in excellent journals, contacts. A real example!
Motivation and Life Projects: Family and School Influences [RG-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2724]
Excellent research group with 4 res. / 1 PhD and 6 non-PhD
Very good former publications in the area
Excellent International research topic with international research collaboration (intercultural research, contacts already established)
Ample training for PhD and masters is foreseen and assured.
This project has a good chance for scientific and practical international productivity mainly due to the fact that Luisa Faria will be the principal investigator who had a leading place (and expertise on the topic) in a former successfully project within the unit (see 50-2691).
Motivation and life projects: family and school influences [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2691]
Motivation, learning and development: interrelations along development [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2713]
Organizations: management, processes and change [RG-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2722]
It is a small group (only one national publication) which is heterogeneous in terms in content and methodology. They really have to start organizing themselves. There is potential.
Political psychology and citizenship: concepts, experiences and implications for intervention [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2704]
Psyshare: sharing knowledge through digital technology [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2719]
Self development within an interaccionist perspective [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2689]
Social Psychology Research Group [RG-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2723]
The persons are excellent and they have clear programs of research. Although they have international publications they could publish more. It is our only reservation.
Social representations of globalisation and women's roles [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2702]
The development of social competence in school-aged children [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2714]
The structure, process and content narratives of children and adolescents [RG-X-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2712]
Work Psychology Research Group [RG-PSY-Norte-Porto-50-2730]
There is a clear focus in this group. Unfortunately, it has no contact with mainstream work psychology. They are aware of the fact that they form a kind of French sub-culture, and they are open to change.

Comentários da unidade

The report sent by the committee of experts (herein, CE) is, unfortunately, in line with our expectations. The report is negative to most of the teams and counter-productive to CPUP overall. Several factors contributed to this. First, the CE’s line-up was little representative of the internationalization that FCT requires from CPUP (3 Belgian members out of 6), of the different fields of psychology existing in CPUP (3 social psychologists out of 6), and of the different research paradigms existing in the Centre. Moreover, the CE’s visit had not been adequately prepared. Indeed, as the CE’s Coordinator pointed out at the meeting with the senior researchers, he had not received the documents CPUP had sent in due time to FCT. The CE had received neither the CPUP’s publications list nor the plan for the visit. The CE was unaware of the recent teams’ restructuring in response to FCT’s request. These factors jeopardize the evaluation outcome. Contrary to other units, none of the members of the CE had had, in recent times, any collaboration with members of CPUP likely to compensate for informational insufficiencies by informal means. Finally, the report is restricted to subjective comments (e.g., few students present; too much PhD students; inadequate international collaboration) and incongruous criteria (e.g., in some cases the prevision of future PhDs is excellent, in others, the recent conclusion of PhDs is negative because it entails insufficient publications), which are used to justify the appreciation of the different teams. The evaluation claims objectivity by attempting to balance a positive appreciation of 3 teams with that of the other teams (ONE OF WHICH DOES NOT EVEN DESERVE COMMENT). But it ends up being so inconsistent in its foundations that it discredits the evaluation and even suggests existing non-explicit goals. This way, what strategies, orientations and measures might CPUP adopt in order to improve future evaluations?