9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN10 Sociology of Education

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 Educational Policies II Building I, 2E8

Quality of teaching - representations and proposals for action: an exploratory study with students from Alentejo (Portugal)

The quality of teaching has been one of the most discussed issues in educational research programs in countries around the world. In almost all countries of Europe there has been a concern to develop research in this field of knowledge, investing significant resources in it.

The recent research results show's a strong positive correlation between student's academic success and the quality of education available to them. However, the way students perceive the quality indicators has been an area less explored by the research.

In order to fill part of that gap, we started a longitudinal research project, funded by FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal), which aims to contribute to the dialectical encounter between the representations of students on the quality of education and their academic success.

The sampling of this exploratory study is focused on 9th grade (compulsory education) and 12th grade classes (secondary education) in Arraiolos and Évora schools (rural and urban spaces of Évora district) and in courses of three institutions of higher education in the Alentejo region - Portugal - (the University of Évora, the Polytechnic Institute of Beja and Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre). Data collection was done through a survey by questionnaire.

This communication discusses the analysis of data about the representation of students on variables related to the commitment of teachers, the methodologies of teaching, the methodologies of assessment and the teaching materials used on class.