R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Ciências e Politicas da Educação

Unidade de I&D

Unidade de I&D de Ciências da Educação [EDU-LVT-Lisboa-185] visitada em 04/12/2007

Classificação: Good


Na sequência da publicação em Dezembro de 2008 da classificação que lhe foi atribuída pela FCT sob recomendação do painel de avaliação, esta unidade apresentou reclamação e solicitou à FCT uma nova avaliação. Embora não estivessem reunidas as condições necessárias, expressas no ponto 4 do art. 9º do Regulamento do Financiamento Plurianual, a FCT decidiu promover nova avaliação por um painel distinto, uma vez que das 15 unidades da área científica de Ciências e Políticas da Educação para além desta unidade outras 11 apresentaram igualmente reclamação e solicitaram nova avaliação. A classificação acima, que já foi superiormente homologada, é a que resultou desta nova avaliação, em que das 12 unidades envolvidas 2 viram a sua classificação subir de Muito Bom para Excelente, 1 viu a sua classificação subir de Bom para Muito Bom, e 2 viram a sua classificação subir de Regular para Bom.

Os comentários do painel original e os respectivos comentários da unidade são apresentados a seguir a esta secção relativa à reapreciação.

Comentários do Painel de reapreciação

Overall this institution is on the verge of being very good – at the top end of good. We agreed with most of the assessors’ comments – there were some examples of good international work but there would appear to be some further development needed in relation to PhDs.

Group 1355

We would question the comment that Group 1355 was as problematic in terms of its international publication profile.

We noted the following international publications. Journals: 2 international. Books; chapters 2 international.

Nevertheless we would confirm their overall judgment of ‘good’.

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
All research groups of this unit have a good size (for education departments) being 7-10 researchers.
All groups had research publications aimed at a national audience with some aiming at international audiences. This is evident, even by looking at their stated aims. While dissemination at international level is mentioned there is not an indication that peer-reviewed international research journals would be a focus for publication. Research groups 185-1354 and 185-1353 have a better record of international publications.
A positive overall aspect is the good international networking of all groups.
In terms of new researchers' training (especially those at a PhD level), the unit is not very strong. Especially groups 185-1355 and 185-1353 need to strengthen their performance regarding this essential research dimension.
Taking into account the criteria set up by FCT research group 185-1355 is below the threshold while group 185-1352 just above it. Groups 185-1354 and 185-1353 are well above it, due to their better international publications record.
The panel recommends that:
1. Publications in peer-reviewed international research journals (not only in Portuguese language) should be increased. There is much room for improvement in this domain, since most of the research groups of the unit are part of quite strong European research networks.
2. More effort should be put into the direction of disseminating the results of international projects via peer-reviewed international journals. We recommend FCT to include international publications as a prerequisite for funding.
3. The stated aims of the research groups should be re-worked so as to include international publications.
4. Research students should be trained to several methodological approaches, including quantitative methods.
5. PhD students should be provided with higher levels of support (academic, financial or in terms of other resources allocated to them) so as the unit to achieve more satisfactory rates of PhD completion.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Curriculum development. Educational evaluation. Educational technology [RG-EDU-LVT-Lisboa-185-1355]
This is a group of 7+ PhD level researchers.
There have been many research publications aimed at a national audience with some for international audiences. In addition there has been substantial international collaboration, and one international conference was organised in 2004.
It is instructive to look at the groups aims
1. To devise and implement a plan aiming at clearly settling up research programmes capable of integrating researchers’ interests, expertise and experience while simultaneously framing candidates’ projects leading to Master’s or Doctoral degrees.
2. To improve and reinforce postgraduate provision articulating research aims with unit members’ expertise.
3. To establish a link between postgraduate provisions and the plan mentioned in no. 1, clarifying their respective research focus.
4. To disseminate the research work carried out both by intensifying the production of more publications and by promoting the participation in more scientific meetings.
5. To participate in national and international research networks in the fields of curriculum, evaluation and technology.
6. To organize teams capable of devising and conducting evaluation or research studies requested by public or private institutions.
While dissemination at international level is mentioned there is not an indication that peer-reviewed international research journals would be a focus for publication. Indeed the mention of so many other publication routes suggests an avoidance of such journals. Nonetheless there is some publication in international journals and also some book chapters in languages other than Portuguese.
Main Achievements
The work undertaken by this group has relevance and there appears to be extensive international networking, but with better dissemination the use of the research findings will be increased and the research profile of this research group will be further developed.
Training shows productivity at master’s level but this is not apparent at PhD level.
Educational policy and administration. Sociology of Education. Adult education [RG-EDU-LVT-Lisboa-185-1354]
This is a group of 9 PhD level investigators.
The group has been involved in several large research projects both within Portugal and within Europe more widely, reflecting its aim “To integrate research work in relevant international networks”. Not only does this provide the basis for research publications but it demonstrates the relevance and capacity to translate ideas into practice. The range of projects- ESTER Project – FAP Project ; KNOWandPOL Project (EC 6th Framwork Programme); REGULEDUCNETWORK Project- have involved extensive national and international collaboration. This has meant that there has been substantial external funding for this group, and has helped in providing the raw material for publications.
There has been substantial publication in a wider European context. Also there has been substantial activity in conference organization.
The group has been successful in translating ideas into meaningful activities.
There appears to be a clear international outlook in developing research and in publications. This will greatly increase the overall impact of the research and is to be encouraged.
Note for the overall UNIT there is substantial training success at masters and PhD level, with a dramatic increase between 2005 and 2006, presumably reflecting a lot of work in the preceding years.
History of education. Comparative education [RG-EDU-LVT-Lisboa-185-1353]
This is a group of 8 + research investigators.
This research group states that it has a “view to fulfil four prime purposes: internationalisation, widening and consolidation of research lines, themes and knowledge objects; researcher development; organization and inventory of schools’ assets, memories and patrimony”.
In terms of these 4 prime purposes it has been reasonably successful.
The group has several articles published in “Sísifo. Educational Sciences Journal”, which this group helped to establish recently. This journal is published in Portugal and it is not clear what status it has internationally. However there are 4 articles in journals that are clearly international in being published in other countries and other languages.
The group has been productive in work that has an impact at a national level. There is substantial evidence of impact at an international level, which appears to be in high status publications. There is scope for further improvements in terms of international publications in journals and also there should be more PhD completions.
There has been extensive internationalisation through participation in research networks and international collaboration in projects. Also there has been visiting professor programme participation; and other involvement in the organization of and participation in scientific congresses and meetings.
The work undertaken by this group has a high level of relevance.
There is substantial training success at master's level.
Teacher Education and pedagogic training of trainers. Pedagogy and learning. Educational psychology [RG-EDU-LVT-Lisboa-185-1352]
This is research group of 10 PhD level investigators.
This research group states as one of its aims “To deepen the research lines that place this research core in a position of reference in the national scientific context”. In this respect the group has been successful. The group has been very productive in work that has an impact at a national level. However the FCT research evaluation stresses the need for research to have international impact. In this respect the group is less successful. There is only one international research journal article, which is the most highly prioritised type of publication for the FCT research evaluation. In other types of international publication the group is more successful: in that the group has 1 book and 4 book chapters published in languages other than Portuguese. This indicates that the research group has some impact in research terms at an international level but this is limited. This pattern of publications to some extent is reflected in the group's stated aims which make no reference to internal research journals, as if they are not being prioritised.
The work undertaken by this group has relevance but the use of the research findings will be limited by the level of dissemination, in particular publications. However the group has been successful in disseminating at a national level including journal articles, books, and book chapters. Also it is likely that the online materials produced from projects will be useful to practitioners, and this fulfils the aim “To foster partnerships with other institutions for the development of studies and advisory activities capable of promoting a tighter link between practice and knowledge building”. This is an area where the group has been very successful.
The group has been successful in putting ideas into practice, particularly with regard to advancing professional development. There is a need for more original research productivity though.
The group states as in its aims “To articulate research with postgraduate education, namely through advanced courses in doctoral programmes”. In this aim the group has been reasonably successful. There is substantial training success at masters level, and some success in training PhDs.