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Title: Observatory of Educational Policies of the region of Odemira – An innovative tool in the research and definition of local educational policies and practices
Authors: Guerreiro, Hélder
Correia, Natália
Oliveira, Clara
Guerreiro, Telma
Santos, Tânia
Pereira, Tiago
Keywords: Observatory of Educational Policies of the Region of Odemira
Data collection and analysis
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: INTED2014
Citation: Guerreiro, H.; Correia, N.; Oliveira, C.; Fino, L.; Guerreiro, T.; Santos, T. & Pereira, T. (2014). Observatory of Educational Policies of the region of Odemira – An innovative tool in the research and definition of local educational policies and practices. Proceedings of INTED2014 Conference, pp. 1559-1567
Abstract: Because of its territorial dispersion (1721Km2) and low population density (15.10 inhab/km2 | 26036 inhab. total), Odemira is seen as a low density region. Grounded in an involved and team work, and having this in mind, the Local Education Plan (PEL) was built as the anchor to the research, planning and concretion of the educational policy in Odemira. Featuring distinctive guidelines and built on scientific basis, the PEL quickly stood out being the “most innovative in the country”, according to Professor António Rochete (University of Coimbra). Connecting these levels of innovation with the great effort that the City put on studying seriously the conditions that contribute to the existence of certain local educational indicators (some of which lower than the Portuguese average), it was possible to draw a path involving all actors of the educational community in the way of change and social innovation in the definition of an educational policy. Under the PEL and within a straight partnership with TAIPA and University of Évora, Odemira started the implementation of an “Observatory of Educational Policies of the Region of Odemira” (OPECO). This pioneering tool aims to define a methodology of data collection and analysis which is expected to promote a better monitoring of the academic course of students in this region, from pre-school to the conclusion of higher education. It will also contribute to support the definition and implementation of public policies that promote the development and improvement of indicators of education and training in the region. OPECO will consist in two related digital media: the new PEL (Odemira: Território Educativo - 2014- 2016) website and a tool for data collection, analysis and for granting public access to them (with different levels of access). Both website and OPECO tool are developed by Portugal Telecom, one of the most important Portuguese enterprises in this field, and this project was first page of one of the most important Portuguese daily paper (Jornal Público) in march, and Odemira, with this project, was considered in November the second best Portuguese municipality to study in “Future Education” Prizes. This communication’s seek to present the foundations, features and the potential of the OPECO as an innovative element in the management of local educational policies.
Type: article
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