Theme and Aims

The EERA Summer School 2023 "Participatory approaches in educational research" aims to support doctoral students interested in bringing participants' voices and actions to the core of educational research. This implies a diversification of research methods, but also a careful consideration of the ethics of research, and a continuous critical vigilance over the power of educational research and researchers. The Summer School will create spaces to share, discuss and debate, allowing emerging researchers to interact with each other and with more experienced researchers, taking their own ideas as the point of departure for collaborative joint learning regarding the practices, the problems, and the challenges of participatory research-in-the-making. Tutors will include members from the four research centers – CIIE, CIEd, CIDTFF and CEAD – as well as international researchers who will share their expertise and experiences on a wide range of educational and social issues across all education sectors, from early years to higher education and adult education.

EERA Summer School 2023 includes a four-day research experience programme in Porto, one of Portugal’s most beautiful and vibrant cities. CIIE (and the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto, where CIIE is hosted) is delighted to welcome doctoral students to join our dynamic research team. Combining academic rigour, research excellence and innovation, CIIE develops high-quality research on key issues of educational and social change, in order to broaden the role of education in promoting equity, inclusion and active citizenship.

The Summer School also includes a field trip to the University of Aveiro (UA), where the Research Centre on Didactics and Technology in the Education of Trainers (CIDTFF) is located. Visiting the University of Aveiro will allow participants to get in touch with educational research developed at the CIDTFF, hosted by the Department of Education and Psychology of the UA. CIDTFF's mission is anchored in the responsibility of research in education: to produce knowledge that will foster educated, qualified, and critical citizens, and to the creation of a better world. Interaction with senior researchers with experience in participatory research will provide the doctoral students valuable insights about the design of their own research projects. Here you can learn about the history and sites to see in Aveiro: