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Research Seminar I

Code: PDCE02     Acronym: SI

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Educational Sciences

Instance: 2022/2023 - A Ícone do Moodle

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 26 Official Curricular Structure 2007 1 - 20 120 540

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Tiago Guedes Barbosa do Nascimento Neves

Teaching language

Obs.: Português


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. 

Learning outcomes and competences

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.

Working method



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. 

Mandatory literature

Correia José Alberto; Para uma teoria crítica em educação. ISBN: 972-0-34127-0
Denzin Norman K.; O^planejamento da pesquisa qualitativa. ISBN: 85-363-0663-7
McAlpine Lynne; Becoming an academic. ISBN: 978-0-230-22791-0
Wallerstein Immanuel 070; Para abrir as ciências sociais
Wellington, J.; Searching for ‘doctorateness’, Studies in Higher Education, DOI:10.1080/03075079.2011.634901, 2012

Teaching methods and learning activities

Debate, readings, text analysis, group work, literature research, tutorial work, development and writing of a research project.

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Defesa pública de dissertação, de relatório de projeto ou estágio, ou de tese 50,00
Trabalho de campo 10,00
Trabalho escrito 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 150,00
Estudo autónomo 250,00
Frequência das aulas 100,00
Trabalho de campo 40,00
Total: 540,00

Eligibility for exams

Follows to the regulation of the Doctoral Program.

Calculation formula of final grade

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.


Examinations or Special Assignments

Follows to the regulation of the Doctoral Program.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Follows the regulation of the Doctoral Program.

Classification improvement

Follows 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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