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Research Seminar I

Code: PDCE02     Acronym: SI

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Educational Sciences

Instance: 2009/2010 - A

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Education Sciences
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Program in Educational Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDCE 30 Official Curricular Structure 2007 1 - 20 120 540

Teaching language



The Seminar aims to:
. promote interdisciplinary knowledge relevant for the systematic and critical analysis of educational research projects;
. discuss theoretical and methodological references that can support the production of original research;
. contact relevant investigators and projects in the educational field.

More specifically, the course has the following learning goals:
. the capacity to conceive and develop research projects in Education Sciences;
. the capacity to mobilize innovative methodological frameworks that serve the complexity of educational and social situations;
. the capacity to justify innovative research and intervention projects that serve the complexity of educational and social situations.


This course unit aims to enrich and support the development of the doctoral students’ research projects and therefore involves three types of sessions: presentation and debate of educational research projects; debate of major references for educational research; tutorial support. These sessions involve both group work with the scientific commission of the doctoral program, and individual tutoring with the supervisors.
References to be discussed include the following:
*Bourdieu, Pierre (1999). A miséria do mundo, Petrópolis: Editora Vozes.

*Correia, José Alberto (1998). Para uma Teoria Crítica em Educação, Porto: Porto Editora.

*Santos, Boaventura Sousa (2000). A crítica da razão indolente, Porto: Edições Afrontamento.

*Stoer, Stephen R. e Magalhães, António M. (2005). A Diferença Somos Nós: A Gestão da Mudança Social e as Políticas Educativas e Sociais, Porto: Edições Afrontamento.

*Young, Iris M. (2000). Inclusion and Democracy, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

*Wallerstein, Immanuel, Juma, Calestous, Keller, Evelyn Fox, Kocka, Jurgen, Lecourt, Dominique, Mudimbe, Valentin, Mushakoji, Kinide, Prigogine, Ilya, Taylor, Peter e Trouillot, Michel-Rolph (1998). Para Abir as Ciências Sociais – Relatório da Comissão Gulbenkian sobre a Reestruturação das Ciências Sociais, Lisboa: Publicações Europa-América.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Eligibility for exams

Follows to the regulation of the Doctoral Program.

Calculation formula of final grade

Follows to the regulation of the Doctoral Program.

Examinations or Special Assignments

Assessment is based on the research project (30-50 pages) presented by the doctoral student that involves the identification and operationalization of the research questions and a first draft of the methodological “how-to-do”. The Project will be discussed by a jury of three (or four) professors, including the supervisor (and co-supervisor), at the end of the second semester.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Follows to the regulation of the Doctoral Program.

Classification improvement

Follows to the regulation of the Doctoral Program.


This course unit must incorporate the flexibility to adapt to the different needs of the doctoral students in the design of their projects.
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