The Center for Studies in Education and Innovation (CI&DEI) is a R&D unit, whose mission is to develop research in education, assuming itself as an organizational structure of coordination and support to research and socio-educational intervention projects developed by the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (IPV), Main Management Institution, and the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda (IPG), the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL), the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) and the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo ), in an integrated view of collaboration between higher education institutions.

In pursuit of its mission, CI&DEI intends to encourage interdisciplinary network research activities through the use of various information and communication technologies in order to develop the integrated cooperation of its researchers, establish an interface of knowledge and technology transference, promote science and culture, as well as the provision of services to the community.

The objectives of this R&D unit are the following:

    Develop research activities in the various domains of education, with particular emphasis on applied research;

  • Promote inter-institutional cooperation and interchange, with a view to internationalizing research and the development of transversal R&D projects;

  • Foster pedagogical innovation and quality in education;

  • Contribute to the updating of the training processes of education agents;

  • Support the development of entrepreneurial skills;

  • Promote the knowledge and the integration of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in several teaching-learning contexts;

  • Produce knowledge that can generate educational and social changes towards the promotion of equity and inclusion;

  • Allow students from the polytechnics to participate in R&D projects in their academic experiences, leading to an increase in the scientific production;

  • Increase the scientific production of CI&DEI researchers and enable their constant updating;

  • Promote scientific employment.


Strategic Guidelines

The scientific activity developed tends to assume an applied research perspective, in line with the mission of polytechnic higher education, contributing to the strengthening of networks and partnerships, both with the region and at the international level.

It is the strategic objective of the Center to reinforce the proposed research lines with a comprehensive focus on the great contemporary debates of education in terms of pedagogical innovation, education for equity and inclusion, academic success and promotion of citizenship in a lifelong learning context.

The strategic guidelines of the CI&DEI, since 2018, are the following:

  • Approach to the community

  • Increase of indexed scientific production

  • Improvement of the quality of teaching and of the training/research articulation


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