R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Psicologia

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Psicopedagogia da Universidade de Coimbra [PSY-Centro-Coimbra-490] visitada em 10/01/2008

Classificação: Fair

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This unit contains old and new groups. Although many members of the unit were particularly proud of their group, we found that the overall result was rather poor. Most of the Ph.D. students are concentrated in a single group but they obviously lack supervision and are completely dispersed in their research efforts.
One can see a convergence between the different groups, except for one (2150), or maybe two (also 2487) of them. It seems to us that groups 1692 and 2530 could form a single group, given their interests.
The unit presented itself as having a huge number of international journal publications. It was apparent to us, however, that many of these outputs could not be regarded as publications. Moreover, not publishing in Portugal does not mean that one is publishing high quality research in high quality journals. We were really disappointed by the overall quality of the work that was presented, especially by the contrast between our impression and the picture that was painted by those responsible for the groups.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
College student development and adjustment: Contexts and transitions [RG-X-PSY-Centro-Coimbra-490-2540]
Education, human development and personal, social and organizational (trans)formative dynamics [RG-PSY-Centro-Coimbra-490-2530]
This group was considered good by comparison with others in the unit however, it is still weak. At least, there are not too many Ph.D.s. A few international publications (really 3)
Fostering quality of life in adulthood [RG-PSY-Centro-Coimbra-490-2749]
The six doctoral level researchers in the group were previously in a different Research Group in the same Unit. Between them they have supervised more than 20 completed doctoral theses, but only limited international exposure in terms of published output. Two cite the same single journal article on which they appear to be co-authors on the basis of a US initiated international project. The research topic -- well being in the elderly -- is worthy and the proposed approach the obvious one -- measurement-based surveying. However, the achievements of this team in their previous project -- one doctoral student trained, twelve masters theses completed, no international publications -- does not provide a strong basis for confidence that this new programme will be productive and successful.
Fostering subjective well-being among the elderly [RG-X-PSY-Centro-Coimbra-490-2747]
Human development and risk behaviors [RG-PSY-Centro-Coimbra-490-1692]
Neuropsychological tests for children and adolescents: Portuguese standardization [RG-X-PSY-Centro-Coimbra-490-2921]
Psychological Assessment, Psychotherapy and Family Intervention [RG-PSY-Centro-Coimbra-490-2916]
This group has a large number of PhD's (>10) and also a large number of non-PhD's. It has a wide and poorly defined research focus.
A small number of international papers (too few for such a large group).
Psychological Processes Related to Suggestion, Hypnosis, Placebo and Psychopharmacs [RG-PSY-Centro-Coimbra-490-2150]
This is a new group which makes it always hard to evaluate. However, it had some real international publications.
Quality of Instruction: assessment and intervention [RG-PSY-Centro-Coimbra-490-2487]
A large number of PhD's (11) is in this group. It has a clear set of aims to pursue, although exactly the same aim is pursued by groups in other units/universities. Because an important element is empirically descriptive - diagnosing the reasons of success/failure of pupils in Portuguese education - it is not useful that the same work is done twice. The group reports a small number of national publications. They seem to have a substantial number of PhD's.
Given the visit and the presentation, the panel does not see where the group is going research worth pursuing.